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CeeBees trade Delaney brothers to Caribous for four players

In this Dec. 8. 2012 file photo, CBN CeeBee Stars’ captain Keith Delaney (15) shields the puck from Clarenville Caribous’ forward Stephen Oates during Newfoundland Senior Hockey League action at S.W. Moore Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace. Keith Delaney ,along with his brother Ryan, who also had been a forward with the CeeBees, have been traded to Clarenville in a deal that brings four players — Matthew and Mitchell Bragg, Brandon Street and Andrew Hill — to C.B.N.

By Kenn Oliver—The Telegram

and Terry Roberts—Compass Editor


After six seasons and four Herder Memorial Trophy titles as a member of the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars, Keith Delaney figured he would finish his Newfoundland senior hockey career with the CeeBees.

So it came as somewhat of a shock when the 34-year-old Delaney learned he and his 31-year-old brother Ryan, had been traded by C.B.N. to the Clarenville Caribous.

He acknowledged having heard trade rumours recently, but nevertheless was surprised when those rumours became reality.

“I never asked to be traded. I still would have liked to remain a CeeBee,”  Keith Delaney told The Telegram Wednesday night.

“I know no one is untouchable, but (considering the CeeBees’) success from last season and over the years, when I first I got the call I wasn’t mad, by no means, but it was an unexpected feeling that came over me.

“I thought, ‘OK, my CeeBees days are done.’ I guess it’s time to start a new chapter in my hockey career.”

The trade sees the Delaneys, both forwards, shipped to the ‘Bous, along with the team’s second-round draft pick (eighth overall), for another set of brothers, Matthew and Mitchell Bragg, as well as Brandon Street  and Andrew Hill.

The Braggs and Street are forwards from Bonavista. Hill is a defenceman from Torbay.

The CeeBees also get Clarenville’s  first-round pick in the upcoming season’s selection draft.

“If I’m going to be traded, Clarenville seems to be a great destination,” said Keith, adding that feeling was confirmed by his brother, who travelled to the Allan Cup national senior hockey championships with Caribous on two occasions, helping them to a title in 2011.

The CeeBees haven’t yet said whether they will enter the 2014 Allan Cup tournament, which will be played in Dundas, Ont., next spring, but Delaney says if he is asked to join the team he’ll answer the call.

He definitely will have the chance to play for a national crown in 2015 if he remains part of the Caribous organization past this season as Clarenville will host the Allan Cup two years from now.

“I’ve definitely got my sights set on playing in 2015,” he said. “I want to get another couple of years out of it because I know once I retire, I’m going to miss it.”

Peter George, the CeeBee Stars co-general manager, emphasized the trade is not a sign the team can no longer afford elite level players, but is rather part of an effort to assemble a younger team that will continue to compete for the Herder Memorial Trophy in provincial senior hockey in the short- and long-term.


CeeBees co-GM defends the deal

“We are looking at changing the core of our team. ... trying to get younger,” George told The Compass.

The Delaney brothers hail from North River and have been with the CeeBees for the better part of their senior careers, save for one season spent with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.

Keith was the team’s captain last season, and led the team in regular-season points, while Ryan was named most valuable player in the playoffs as the underdog CeeBees swept the Caribous in the final.

Some might say the departure of these two elite players will make for a long season in Harbour Grace, but George doesn’t see it that way.

“It was a hockey trade purely to better our team,” George explained.

Team officials have stated publicly they intend to trim payroll costs this season, and George acknowledged the Delaneys were at the top of the league’s salary cap. But he stressed money was not a determining factor in the deal.

“Some might say we’re selling the team or we don’t have money to pay high-end players. That’s not the case,” George added.

The expected return of Mathew Thomey this season likely made the Delaney trade more palatable to team officials. Thomey is a hometown favourite in Harbour Grace, and served as the team’s captain and offensive leader before heading to western Canada to pursue a teaching career prior to the 2012-13 season.

He’s now back in Newfoundland.

“He will fill a major hole up front … and we will do our best to ensure he is in our lineup.”

So will there be more trades in the coming days?

George said it’s likely, since the team’s “goal this year is to win (the Herder) again.”

Matthew Bragg played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and another three with the St. Francis University Xavier X-Men. Mitchell Bragg, the older brother, has senior hockey experience with the Southern Shore Breakers and the Caribous. Both have won Herder titles, and reside in St. John’s.

As for Brandon Street, he played several seasons in the Quebec junior league, and concluded his junior career with the Maritime league’s Amherst Ramblers playing under former CeeBees’ coach Corey Crocker.

George described Andrew Hill as a steady defencman with experience in the Maritime junior league before joining the Caribous for the team’s inaugural season.

Organizations: Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars, Caribous organization, Ontario Hockey League Francis University Xavier X

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Clarenville, Bonavista Torbay Dundas North River Canada Brandon Street Quebec

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Recent comments

  • bob
    August 02, 2013 - 12:11

    wouldnt be a team without the delaneys? WOW yes I am sure the delaneys go out and get sponsors, raise $ through 5050 etc etc, ryan had like 12 points last reg season, and was just ok in the playoffs, the reason ceebees went bankrupt was due to the high salary demands of players such as the delaneys, get a clue. GOOD TRADE

  • Andrew
    August 02, 2013 - 09:38

    Good trade, the CeeBees want to get younger, keith is 34 years old, ryan 31, they got a lot in return. Ryan Delaney under performed last year, and we all know who the real herder mvp was. The Delaneys breathe greed, and the ceebees are sick and tired of it, simple. CeeBees get good young players in return and a first round draft pick, opportunity to pick a young dman. Good Trade CeeBees!

  • Buddy
    August 01, 2013 - 20:50

    Great trade for the Caribous. Cant go wrong adding the Delaneys to their lineup. For the CeeBees, not so good. Andrew Hill is to small and way to slow to play the game anymore. He barely got any icetime with the Bous last season. Mitch Bragg wasnt even top 3 forwards for Bell Island in the east league last season. Street is a good young player but IMO, not top 6 on any team. Hes also concussion prone. Matt Bragg now lives and works in Ontario where his girlfriend works. He most likely will only be around for 6 or 8 games and IMO, not worth the plane ticket. Caribous come out on top here hands down!

  • CBee Sporter
    August 01, 2013 - 14:49

    I loves me by's, but Peter should know better den to trade the Delaneys. Theys the hart and soul of the team for years now. i won't be renewing me tickets. Not a chance. Captains gone and I'm gone too whether they gets Pekaboo Street

  • Tom
    August 01, 2013 - 12:27

    Strange saying Matt Bragg lives in St. John's. He took a job in Kingston, Ontario last year, are they going to fly in a local? And his brother Mitchell may have been an impact years ago, last year he was on the second line for Bell Island in the East League. Shedding $$ is all I see here. Peter Lamoriello no, Peter (Doug) Shedden maybe.

  • Bob
    August 01, 2013 - 07:27

    This team pretty much went bankrupt last year and barely saved itself financially by winning the Herder as the 4th seed. Now Peter Lamerillo trades away their regular season scoring leader and their playoff MVP........You wonder why this team is in the shape that it is, there wouldn't be a team if it wasn't for the two Delaney’s last year. The brains behind this organization is unbelievable, how to reward the fans Pete!! Pete Lamerillo makes Garth Snow look like a genius…