Former Junior Cataracts now Junior Express
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This will be the logo for the new Bishop’s Falls Junior Express. Coach Kevin Hynes said he had the graphic designer keep elements of the old, well-known Express logo, but with a modern twist.
The team formerly known as the Junior Exploits Valley Cataracts finally has a new home.
Kevin Hynes, coach of the team’s prior incarnation, told the Advertiser on Thursday the newly-named Junior Express would be playing out of the Pat O’Reilly Memorial Stadium in Bishop’s Falls’ for the 2012/13 season.
The team pulled out of Grand Falls-Windsor earlier this year due to lack of fan support at games.
Hynes, who is from Bishop’s Falls, said the decision of where to move the team was made with careful consideration, and took into account several different factors.
“I was looking at anywhere in central Newfoundland really,” he said.
Though Gander has an excellent stadium, Hynes said it was out of the question for the same reason the team originally moved out of Grand Falls-Windsor in the first place – people only have so much time and money to watch hockey teams, and because both towns now have senior teams, they tend to draw the most fan support. He said Lewisporte was ruled out for the same reason, the major midget AAA IcePak already play out of their stadium.
He was also considering Triton, but because some of his players live in St. John’s, Hynes said the extra hour-and-a-half drive tacked on to an already long trip wouldn’t be fair for the players.
“So that kind of limited it to Bishop’s Falls and Botwood,” he said.
After speaking with both town councils, Hynes said the support offered from Bishop’s Falls made the decision a no-brainer.
Hynes said he’s very pleased with the decision, and thinks the team will be a good fit for the hockey-loving community.
“From what I’m hearing around town, the buzz has already started about something coming back to the arena,” he said. “Every arena has to have one team in order to survive, and hopefully this can be (Bishop Falls’).”
Now that Hynes and picked a hometown for his team, the work has only just begun. Hynes is currently the only executive member left from the previous team, and he’s in the process of recruiting volunteers for various executive positions.
He also needs to get the players in order.
“I’ve been in touch with a lot of the players,” said Hynes. “There’s a few on the fence right now, and some new players I’ve contacted in hopes they’ll come.”
Hynes said as of right now, the season is slated to start around Oct. 9, but as of press time there was no firm schedule in place.
Despite no longer sharing a name, Hynes said he’s been in touch with the Senior Cataracts about keeping his team as an affiliate team of the Cats.
“I’ve spoken to (their president) and he seemed confident about us becoming their affiliate,” said Hynes.
Hynes said anyone who is interested in playing for the team, or becoming an executive member or volunteer, can contact him via email at email@example.com, on his cell phone at 293-2728, or at home at 258-5565.
“My goal for this team is to keep it in existence, and to keep it available for junior players in this region,” said Hynes. “I’m always going to do what’s best for the team itself.”