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Caribous celebrate Allan Cup win; team looks forward to hosting future tournament

The Allan Cup was brought out for display Wednesday night at Mile One Centre before the start of the Telus Cup game between the host team and the Pacific team. Bringing the cup to the ice is winning Captain Dustin Russell (third from left) of the Clarenville Caribous. From left to right are Don Johnson, life member of Hockey Canada, peewee hockey player Chad Ashford, Russell, Gerry Evans of Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL), Ed Pupich of Hockey Canada, Jim Hare and Bill Noseworthy of HNL.

When the Corner Brook Royals won the province’s first Allan Cup national senior A hockey championship in 1986, only about half the team was actually from Newfoundland.

When the Clarenville Caribous won the province’s second national senior crown last weekend in Kenora, Ont., just three of the 24-man roster were import players.

“To put a team together from the Clarenville area and the Conception Bay area, to win nationally, it was an unbelievable feeling,” Caribous’ defenceman Ryan Power said of the team, which included 10 members of the Avalon East league champion Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars.

Prior to Wednesday night’s game at the Telus Cup national midget championships at Mile One Centre, the Caribous presented the 102-year-old Allan Cup to members of the Hockey Newfoundland and Lab-rador executive and former Hockey Canada president Don Johnson.

Caribous’ general manager Derek MacPhee said many fans from the Clarenville and Harbour Grace areas made the trek to St. John’s for the ceremony.

“It’s great for community pride when we can put a team together and be as successful as we have for the past four years. We won two of our (West Coast) league titles, two provincial titles and now the Allan Cup, a Canadian title. It’s huge,” said MacPhee.

The real celebrations, however, are still more than a month away.

“To put a team together from the Clarenville area and the Conception Bay area, to win nationally, it was an unbelievable feeling.” Caribous’ defenceman Ryan Power

On the final weekend in May, Clarenville will turn into Allan Cup central, with a planned motorcade, receptions, community activities and a banquet.

Power, a native of nearby Norman’s Cove, expects it to rival Herder celebrations from two years ago, when the ‘Bous defeated the CeeBees to become provincial senior champs.

“I remember the reaction from the first Herder win and that was pretty wild. It wasn’t just hockey fans; it was the whole town,” he said.

The Caribous aren’t guaranteed a chance to defend the Allan Cup next year — the 2010-11 Herder Memorial Trophy champion Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts have first right to represent Newfoundland in any playdowns for the Cup — but MacPhee said the tournament could find its way to the province in the not-so-distant future.

“I spoke with Dean Filane, chair of the senior council for Hockey Canada, and he pretty well guaranteed us for 2015,” said MacPhee, who added the Caribous have also applied to be the alternate location for 2013 and 2014.

“I think they would respect that we bit the bullet the last two years (on the cost of travelling to the 2010 and 2011 Allan Cup tourneys) and give us the nod,” MacPhee suggested.

“We’d certainly like to host it.”

koliver@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Hockey Canada, Telus, Hockey Newfoundland and Lab

Geographic location: Clarenville, Kenora, Avalon East West Coast Newfoundland

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  • st johns hockey fan
    April 23, 2011 - 17:07

    Everytime Kenn Oliver opens his mouth he stirs the pot! He started this with his opening comments!!! Shame! Shame! Shame! But I guess that is what he is getting paid for!

  • Jamie
    April 22, 2011 - 20:26

    Shame on the lot of you. Who cares who was on the team 25 years ago, didn't that team represent Newfoundland and Labrador, I would like to think that as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians we celebrated the win of the Allen Cup 25 years ago along with the Corner Brook team who proudly represented NL and we should be equally as proud today that a team representing NL again brought the cup home again. What is wrong with all of you, You sound like a bunch of jealous kids. . Sorry, but is there wonder there is so much bullying today.

  • Ed Smith
    April 21, 2011 - 17:45

    While I am overjoyed at this victory, it is bitter sweet. I don't know who makes the rules, but why could Clarenville add 10 players, but Dundas (ON) had to travel there with 12 guys? Clarenville borrowed as many players as Dundas played with. I think the players would agree, everyone should be allowed to top up to at least 15 skaters & 2 goalies. The ON rep wasn't competing on a level playing field. They never had a chance. Great win none the less, like the NHL commercials, "History was made".

    • William Noseworthy
      April 27, 2011 - 10:02

      Mr. Smith--Dundas plays under the same rules as Clarenville. They are allowed to affiliate with another team. Dundas did not have to travel there with 12 players,(when they played us they had 17-18 players) Ontario won 48 of the last 103 Allan Cups-Poor old Ontario.

  • Darrell
    April 21, 2011 - 14:28

    To CB Royal Fan.....at least the Caribous won with Newfoundlanders....not a total mainland team that they Royals won with back in the 80's. Get your head out of the sand man, you are truely a sore loser.

  • OHBOY
    April 21, 2011 - 13:45

    Sad sad comment........ CB Royal Fan.....just saying! It takes a team to win.......shouldn't we all be celebrating the fact that a Newfoundland team won the title..... “To put a team together from the Clarenville area and the Conception Bay area, to win nationally, it was an unbelievable feeling.” - Caribous’ defenceman Ryan Power......it says a lot there now...don't you think!

  • OHBOY
    April 21, 2011 - 13:45

    Sad sad comment........ CB Royal Fan.....just saying! It takes a team to win.......shouldn't we all be celebrating the fact that a Newfoundland team won the title..... “To put a team together from the Clarenville area and the Conception Bay area, to win nationally, it was an unbelievable feeling.” - Caribous’ defenceman Ryan Power......it says a lot there now...don't you think!

  • A Loyal Senior Hockey Fan
    April 21, 2011 - 13:24

    Congratulation to the NEWFOUNDLAND team, they won it and worked hard for it - remember it is the name on the front of the sweater - not on the back Congratulations to all the young men and coaching staff

  • Hockey Fan
    April 21, 2011 - 12:40

    This is what happens when the top players come together to represent Newfoundland.......too bad St. John's don't learn from this......way to go Cee Bous...great job!!!!!

  • CB Royal fan
    April 21, 2011 - 10:33

    Congrats to the CeeBees for winning the cup for Clarenville.

    • Ohboy
      April 21, 2011 - 12:21

      Sad sad comment........ CB Royal Fan.....just saying! It takes a team to win.......shouldn't we all be celebrating the fact that a Newfoundland team won the title..... “To put a team together from the Clarenville area and the Conception Bay area, to win nationally, it was an unbelievable feeling.” - Caribous’ defenceman Ryan Power......it says a lot there now...don't you think!