Clarenville Caribous' campaign far from over

Kenn Oliver
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Team now turns focus to preparation for Allan Cup playdowns

With the West Coast Senior Hockey League title and provincial senior hockey championship in their possession for a second straight year, the Clarenville Caribous now turn their attention towards a national crown.

Later this month, the team will travel to Fort St. John, B.C., where they will compete for the province's first Allan Cup championship since 1986, when the Corner Brook Royals captured the national amateur senior men's crown.

With the West Coast Senior Hockey League title and provincial senior hockey championship in their possession for a second straight year, the Clarenville Caribous now turn their attention towards a national crown.

Later this month, the team will travel to Fort St. John, B.C., where they will compete for the province's first Allan Cup championship since 1986, when the Corner Brook Royals captured the national amateur senior men's crown.

"We've got a good, young team and I'm very curious to see the competition," said Caribous' forward Ryan Lauzon, the most valuable player of the Herder final, which concluded Sunday at Mile One Centre with the Caribous' 7-4 win over the Avalon East champion C.B.N. CeeBee Stars to take the best-of-seven series 4-1.

"I'm very excited and it'll be interesting to see what other teams bring to the table."

Wings will be picked up

What the Caribous will bring to the table is a roster of players from their own organization augmented with some some picked from WCSHL's Deer Lake Red Wings - Allan Cup rules allow a senior team to affiliate with a club within its playing region.

Red Wings guaranteed to be on board for Clarenville include cousins Mark and Rob Robinson, defenceman Kyle Spurr and import goaltender Paul Drew as a backup to Jason Churchill.

Other Deer Lake players who could for the Caribous are Nathan Saunders, a one-time AHL and ECHL rearguard, and former NHL player Darren Langdon.

"You've got to have two scoring lines and a checking line that will be an energy line," coach Randy Pearcey explained.

"Who plays will be determined on how hard they work."

One Caribou who punched his ticket by way of dogged determination through the team's playoff run is speedy Mike Sibley.

"He proved to me he can play playoff hockey," Pearcey said. "Is he going to score goals, no. Is he going to create energy, yes.

"He's going to get his chance, I can assure you that."

The Caribous leave for British Columbia April 18 and play their first game on April 20 against the host Fort St. John Flyers.

koliver@thetelegram.com

Organizations: West Coast Senior Hockey League, Red Wings, NHL

Geographic location: Fort St. John, Avalon East, Deer Lake British Columbia

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  • DB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Senior hockey would be okay if it was just Newfoundlanders playing after all isn't it Newfoundland Senior Hockey.

  • Ray
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Congratulations to Caribous on winning the Championship. Now go out west and bring back the Allan Cup.

  • Senior Hockey is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Never was a fan of picking up players form other eliminated teams, even if the Allan Cup allows it. THe guys who worked all year for the Caribous get dropped so they can pick up others from rival teams. It hurst the chemistry of the team.

    Revenue Canada should be investigating the envelopes the players receive for their weeks play. More than I earn as a professional. They don't pay tax. Same ole same ole, that's what happened to senior hockey in the early to mid 80's it got too expensive to pay the players and it went in the toilet. Now it is starting again.

  • mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Why do you care if some of these guys get compensated for travel, food, and missing work? Revenue Canada looked into this for years havent had a problem! Its always a couple bad apples that try to ruin things for everyone, someone always has to complain. If they earn more then you as a professinal then you havent aimed very high

  • DB
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Senior hockey would be okay if it was just Newfoundlanders playing after all isn't it Newfoundland Senior Hockey.

  • Ray
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Congratulations to Caribous on winning the Championship. Now go out west and bring back the Allan Cup.

  • Senior Hockey is
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Never was a fan of picking up players form other eliminated teams, even if the Allan Cup allows it. THe guys who worked all year for the Caribous get dropped so they can pick up others from rival teams. It hurst the chemistry of the team.

    Revenue Canada should be investigating the envelopes the players receive for their weeks play. More than I earn as a professional. They don't pay tax. Same ole same ole, that's what happened to senior hockey in the early to mid 80's it got too expensive to pay the players and it went in the toilet. Now it is starting again.

  • mike
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Why do you care if some of these guys get compensated for travel, food, and missing work? Revenue Canada looked into this for years havent had a problem! Its always a couple bad apples that try to ruin things for everyone, someone always has to complain. If they earn more then you as a professinal then you havent aimed very high