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Frugal Southern Shore squad rejoins Avalon East as league kicks off 48th season

Senior hockey makes its return to the Southern Shore Arena tonight as the Breakers play their first game since rejoining the Avalon East Senior Hockey League following a three-year hiatus.
This time around, however, the Breakers can focus more on the game of hockey and less on the business side of it.

The St. John’s Toyota Plaza Caps gather at centre ice at the Jack Byrne Arena are finishing off the Northeast Eagles in the best-of-seven Avalon East Senior Hockey League final last April. It was the Caps’ second straight title.

Senior hockey makes its return to the Southern Shore Arena tonight as the Breakers play their first game since rejoining the Avalon East Senior Hockey League following a three-year hiatus.

This time around, however, the Breakers can focus more on the game of hockey and less on the business side of it.

“If the money stays out of it, if we play for the game the way we did years back, we’ll be OK,” says general manager Kenny Williams.

Trying to compete with the likes of the C.B.N. CeeBee Stars and Mount Pearl Blades — teams with deeper pockets and more sponsor availability, and busy themselves trying to compete with the free-spending West Coast senior teams — the Breakers couldn’t keep pace and folded just prior to the 2010-11 season.

“At this point in time, I’ve told every player, we’re starting this with a few dollars in the account. We’re going to do what we can to put a team on the ice,” Williams explains.

“We’ve got a good corporate sponsor in Puglisevich, and we’re getting a fair amount of response for jersey sponsors.”

League president David Brazil says the executive and the other three teams were thrilled with the Breakers’ return, particularly that they are bringing a model that is line with the league.

“They know it’s all about keeping it a community-based team wherever possible,” notes Brazil, adding that, “the Shore brings history, so it’s conducive to our setup, the rivalries are already there.”

It was a group of eight or nine players who first approached Williams with the notion of reviving the franchise, and by summer’s end, 18 local players had been recruited.

“They’re either one of three things,” says Williams, “from Goulds, from the Southern Shore, or they’ve played within our junior and senior ranks over the years.”

There are no star players on the roster, but Williams and company are confident they’ve assembled a team more than capable of competing in the new AESHL.

“They heyday of senior hockey on the Shore will never be again, although I would love to be able to say it will be, but being a realist, I know it’s not there,” he says.

“If you want to see Billy Windsor and Andy Sullivan, do downtown on a Saturday evening because you aren’t going to see them on the Shore this year.

“If we can put a good team on the ice and put our hearts in it like we always have, we’ll be OK.”

The Breakers host the Bell Island Blues 7:15 tonight, however the league’s 48th season got underway last night with the Northeast Eagles playing host to defending champion St. John’s Toyota Plaza Caps at Jack Byrne Arena. Results were not available before The Telegram’s deadline. A full synopsis of the weekend action will run in Monday’s Telegram.

koliver@thetelegram.com

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ROSTERS

Southern Shore Breakers

Forwards: Paul O’Leary, Brad Laymen, Mike Chafe, Andrew Mackey, Ryan Chafe, Darryl Swain, Klayton Payne, Liam Williams, Ryan Preston, Stephan Sullivan, Chris Hammond, Darryl Costello,

Neil Pardy

Defencemen:

Kevin Whelan, Ryan Billard, Shane Kelly, Shane Fifield, Will Brazil, Dylan Sheldon

Goaltenders: Ryne Hennessey, Patrick Browne

Coach: Terry Billard

Assistants Steve Donahue, Wayne Colbert

St. John’s Caps

Forwards: Jon Caul, Jeremy Dixon, Brian Evans, Brandon Fewer, Matthew Fewer, Robbie Hynd, Michael King, Dale King, Vincent Paiemont, Mark Rideout, Shane Sullivan, Ryan Whiffen

Defencemen: Mike Druken, Larry Gray, Nicolas Hurley, Nathan Hutchens, Jacob Lewis, Sean Lynch, Jeff MacRoberts

Goalies: Shane Collins, Kyle Downer

Coach: Wally Bray

Assistants: Michael Prichard, Charlie Quick

Northeast Eagles

Forwards: Brian Clarke, James Cadigan, Mason Reid, Danny Connolly, Matthew Roche, Chris Throne, Matthew Oates, Shayne McGrath, Tyler Parsons, Tyler Walshe, Kenny King, Chris Ennis, Andrew Temple, Aaron Schwartz,

Defencemen: Daniel Cadigan, Brad Sheppard, Brock Hopkins, Chris Hynes, Chris Ryan, Adam Kavanagh, Graham Jackman, Paul Mitchelmore, Scottie Marshall, Jon Dawe

Goaltenders: Bronson Dawe, Michael Giannou

Coach: Mark Chaplin

Assistants: Keith Maynard, Darryl Banfield

Bell Island Blues

Forwards: Steve Richards, Andrew Coates, Mitch Hickey, Daniel Noftall, Daniel Roberts, Dion Durdle, Andy Earle, Kent Courage, Brandon Pilgrim, Mike Rose, Brett Robinson, Jordan Kennedy, Jeremy Humphries

Defencemen: Chad Sullivan, Grant Eavis, Sean Quinlan, Mark Burton, Eddy Whalen

Goaltenders: Evan Giles, Tony Parsons

Coach: John Lavers

Assistant: Jon Kavanagh

Organizations: Avalon East Senior Hockey League, Bell Island Blues 7

Geographic location: Brazil, West Coast, Goulds Northeast Eagles

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