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Tri Pen Osprey ready for 2019-2020 season opener

Young hockey players are shown stretching during a recent tryout session in Harbour Grace for the Tri Pen Osprey.
Young hockey players are shown stretching during a recent tryout session in Harbour Grace for the Tri Pen Osprey. - Contributed photo
HARBOUR GRACE, N.L. —

Winning the Newfoundland Major Midget AAA banner – Hockey NL's highest and most prestigious minor hockey championship – is no easy task. 

Yet it is a feat the Tri Pen Osprey came within one win during the 2018-2019 NLMMHL season, which saw the Osprey lose the league final to the Western Kings in seven games.

Franchisees Chris and Danita Crosbie were very appreciative of the big team effort last year where the Osprey won the semi finals versus the East Coast Blizzard before losing in the final.

"Having such a dedicated group compete so hard and come so close was simply amazing considering so many important factors," they said.

Those in hockey know that the Tri-Pen region has to deal with low player registration and a vast geographic area that results in limited on- and off-ice practices that usually help other AAA teams come together more quickly on the ice. Yet the Crosbies are quick to note that what was lost in practice and big travel times "was made up tenfold in heart and determination."

The 2019-2020 Osprey are a young explosive team and considered deeper overall with its 20 player roster. The squad is being lead again by head coach Brian Cranford, who will receive help from assistant coaches Randy Reardon and Nic Saunders.

The four teams joining the Osprey in the NLMMHL league will be the Central IcePak, East Coast Blizzard, Metro Growlers and Western Kings.  The league will play 5 home and away games versus each team and travel to the Monctonian and IceJam tournaments on the mainland.

The Osprey will play its 2019-2020 home openers at the Danny Cleary Harbour Grace Community Centre Grace Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, at 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. respectively, versus the Western Kings.

On Sept. 7, the Osprey are excited to honour Adam Pardy from the 2001-2002 Provincial Championship team, as the first Tri Pen Major Midget Honour Roll recipient. The Osprey will also award a house league registration to a minor hockey player fan who comes to watch either of the Sept. 7 or Sept. 8 games.

Schedules, standing and statistics can be found on the league website www.nlmmhl.com.

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