Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts President Stan Coffin has announced that the team will return to Allan Cup competition when the event is held in New Brunswick in the spring of 2017. The Cataracts are coming off a season that saw them win their third straight Herder Memorial Championship. The team will look to take the next step when it travels to Bouctouche next April. In three previous attempts to win Canada's senior hockey championship the Cataracts advanced to the semi final each time but were unable to advance to the championship final. In the last two Allan Cups the team lost the semi final by just one goal each time, losing in overtime in Clarenville in 2015. [2016-08-11 18:20:25]
CATS NEWEST CHEERLEADER !!
Comedian Shaun Majumder was in Grand Falls-Windsor this weekend to emcee the annual Salmon Dinner kicking off the 2016 Salmon Festival...
During his time on 'stage' at the "Joe", he clearly had trouble containing his enthusiasm for the 3 time defending Herder Champions - Cataracts.
We love you Shaun! [2016-07-17 16:57:05]
CATARACTS HOLD VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT
The Cataracts Hockey Club Inc. held their annual Volunteer Appreciation Night last Friday evening,July 8th at the GFW 50+Senior's Complex in Grand Falls-Windsor.
Close to thirty(30) of the regular volunteers for the Cats began the event with BBQ steaks for supper, with snacks and refreshments; and at the end of the evening a draw for numerous "appreciation" prizes.
Stan Coffin, President of the Cataracts organization spoke briefly during the event, to restate the Club's gratitude for the faithful and busy volunteer group the organization has. He highlighted the constant commitment to selling tickets for the many "Draws" the Club holds throughout the year,and running the weekly Bingos at the Royal Canaidian Legion premises all year long.
As well, there is the volunteer team of cooks and servers who provide the cooked meals and food to feed the team in their group meal every weekend the team is at home! The Executive also continues to work hard to market the team and maintain an even keel in the financial operations of the community-based team...
The many families who billet the players every home weekend were also part of the network of people the team is grateful for.
Many of those who gathered last Friday further demonstrated their commitment to the team, by working at the Club's summertime bi-weekly "Giant Bingos", just a few days later, at the Joe Byrne Stadium, the latest Bingo being held there on Tuesday,July 12th. It turned out to be the largest crowd yet for the summertime events: The continuing hard work by the volunteers, particularly at the "Giant Bingos",is not only appreciated by the team, but by the hundreds of local citizens and visitors who attend the summer Bingos. [2016-07-16 06:52:40]
ROYALS WORKING ON RESTRUCTURING FOR 2016-2017 SEASON
An emergency meeting of the Corner Brook Royals Booster Club ,last year's club management, and "interested parties" - (numbering some thirty'supporters') - was held very recently in Corner Brook with HNL representatives.
The Corner Brook gathering reviewed extensively the current financial situation, the specifics of outstanding bills, totals on significant fundraising success last season by the Booster Club, sponsor committments and what kind of budget is needed to make the 2016-2017 a reality.
The recent, public notice from Ross Coates and his management team of last season to step back from the Royals has given rise to urgent concern for the resulting operational future of the Royals for all those in the west coast city who want hockey to continue in Corner Brook. Hockey NL has been in the middle of the matter and participated in the recent "emergeny meeting" and the efforts by all to get things back on track to ensure the Royals are in the CWSHL next season.
The initial reports about the emergency meeting are that it was positive. Individuals and Booster Club personnel are now working on putting in place a required, new "leadership group". That goal is urgent and a clearer answer on what will happen to the Royals going forward is expected very soon. Time is of the essence, as one attendee reported.
The reaction to the recent developments in Corner Brook by the other three teams in the Central West Senior Hockey League was one of all team representatives being most encouraged. All three teams would prefer and desire that a four team League happen for this fall, rather than a three team circuit.
Getting clear stability on the state of affairs for the League is essential for all teams, particularly for the task of maintaiing player relationships and committment, and specifically each team's designated current "Protected Lists", so central to any senior hockey League's operations, governed and regulated by Hockey NL rules of conduct between senior Leagues in the province.
per CWSHL Communications Office [2016-06-24 16:30:20]
Cataracts Father's Day Draw Winner
The winner of the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts Father's Day Draw is Hank Strickland. He wins a Suzuki King Quad 400ASi and Tera-Pod Trailer. Approximate value $12,000+HST. Ticket #00098. Congratulations to the winner and thanks to everybody who participated. [2016-06-18 14:44:00]