S’side joins KCBL

Joe MacIntyre
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Summerside will have a team in the Kings County Baseball League (KCBL) this coming season.

The new Summerside entry was accepted into now what becomes a 10-team league at a meeting in Charlottetown last Saturday. That is great news for Prince County players who wish to play baseball.

As I have said before, local players have not had the option of having a local team to play on once they have graduated from minor baseball, but that is no longer the case. Blair Creelman heads up the local group and will serve as coach while yours truly will look after the management side of things.

The KCBL is the only senior baseball league on P.E.I., and has been going strong since being resurrected 1991. The league has a rich history dating back to the ‘60s, and with the exception of the period when the Island Baseball League was in operation in the ‘80s, this league has operated a good many of the last 50 years.

Baseball has always been more  popular in the eastern end of this province than anywhere on P.E.I., and proof of that comes with the number of teams from Kings County. Two teams play out of Morell, including the Chevies and Northside Brewers, and two teams play out of Peakes – the Bombers and Sluggers.

Stratford, Sherwood, Charlottetown, Cornwall and a Stellarton, N.S., junior team round out the league. The P.E.I. Canada Games team will play one game against each team that will count in the standings.

The league will play a 28-game schedule, which will begin on the Victoria Day weekend in May. The Summerside team will hold a spring training of sorts indoors in April, and more will follow on that.

It is great to have baseball back in Summerside, and even better that the team can be a part of such a well-run and history-rich league like the KCBL. 

Bill Schurman

Bill Schurman’s appointment as athletic director at UPEI is a great move for the university and, through time, sport fans across the province will see the benefits of having Schurman in that position.

The wealth of experience and knowledge that Schurman brings to the table will not only help him in his new capacity, but will be a real asset to UPEI and its athletic department.

The business side of sports is where Schurman excels, and no doubt that will translate into more national events for UPEI, which will help grow the programs already in place.

One would think that Schurman will want to expose UPEI sports to a greater segment of P.E.I., and one should not be surprised to see a Panther team playing near you in the future. That is not to say that he will take a lot of games Island-wide, but certainly one would think that with such a great facility as Eastlink Arena we may very well see some Panther hockey or basketball as an example.

As Schurman stated in his CBC interview after his appointment, it is the University of Prince Edward Island, and one can expect Schurman to give the university as much exposure Island-wide as possible. This new position will be a real challenge for Schurman. His track record suggests that he will not only meet the challenge, but will excel at it. That can only be good for UPEI and the rest of the province.

Good luck to Schurman!   

Summerside Storm

The Summerside Storm had an impressive win on Thursday against the power-house London Lightning, who went into the game with only two regular-season losses.

Everyone was awaiting the head-to-head matchup with the two National Basketball League of Canada division leaders. The Storm’s 116-97 win leaves  little doubt that they are a solid contender for a league championship.

It is exciting for fans to look forward to the playoffs as the Storm will continue to get better and gain more confidence with wins like the other night. As I have said before, I think the Storm will pack Eastlink Arena come playoff time, and especially so if they can go on a real roll come playoff time. 

P.K. Subban

I can't help but comment on the contract situation of P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens.

There is little doubt that Subban is a solid NHL defenceman who should continue to get better. One can only wonder where he and his agent thinks he is worth the reported $6 million per season on an eight-year contract.

I guess they feel that he has proven himself after only two years in the NHL. Whatever happened to the thought that a player should earn the contract based on performance?

Two years’ service is certainly not proof enough to warrant a cool $48-million commitment from the Canadiens.

The rest of the NHL  is watching closely to see what Subban does sign for as it will be a bar-setting contract in this new post-lockout NHL. Many hope that Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin does not bow to public pressure and sign the popular Subban to a contract that may come back to haunt the team and NHL.

The league just went through the lockout to get their financial house in order, and giving an unproven player that kind of money kind of defeats the purpose.   

Flashback

On this date 25 years ago, the Tignish G.I. Adams Construction Aces put an end to the Borden Ramparts’ 10-game winning streak with a convincing 7-1 win.

The Island Senior Hockey League game was played at the Gateway Arena in Borden.

Larry Gaudet and Gary McRae each had two goals for the Aces while Rodney Gaudette, Norman Hackett and Doug LeClair added singles .

The Ramparts’ Blair Smith ruined the shutout bid by Aces goalie Wayne Bernard at 17:36 of the third period.

Have a great week!

Joe MacIntyre is a Summerside resident. His column appears every Saturday. Comments and suggestions can be sent to j-mac@eastlink.ca.

Organizations: University of Prince Edward Island, NHL, Island Baseball League P.E.I. Canada Games CBC Montreal Canadiens Tignish G.I. Adams Construction Aces Island Senior Hockey League

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown, Prince Kings Morell Stellarton Iceland

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  • Baseball fan
    January 26, 2013 - 07:01

    A baseball team in S'side is great news as far as I'm concerned. It will be nice to see the baseball field get some regular use. I, for one, would love to sit in the bleachers on a warm summer's eve and just listen to the sounds of the game. I hope it gets the support required to keep it going for many years to come.