MAINE MARINERS ANNOUNCE FIRST PREMIER PARTNER

MAINE MARINERS ANNOUNCE FIRST PREMIER PARTNER

Evergreen Credit Union becomes Mariners premier partner

Portland, ME – February 16, 2018 – The Maine Mariners are pleased to announce Evergreen Credit Union as the first premier partner of the team. Evergreen Credit Union will also be the day-to-day financial institution for the Mariners.  Evergreen Credit Union is one of Maine’s largest credit unions, with branches in Portland, South Portland, Windham and Naples.

Evergreen Credit Union will also show their continued support for the community through their Goals for Good campaign that will span the length of the Mariners season. The campaign, aimed at local charities, will consist of a monetary donation for every Mariners goal scored from the Evergreen Credit Union logo on the ice.

Evergreen Credit Union’s premier partnership will span a two year commitment to the Mariners and the community. “We are excited to start our inaugural season off with this great partnership with Evergreen Credit Union, a top-notch local organization. Their support will offer exciting opportunities to our fans, as well as support the Mariners mission of supporting community organizations through the Goals for Good program,” said Mariners Vice President of Hockey Operations, Danny Briere.

In addition to their premier partnership, Evergreen Credit Union will be the official credit union of the Mariners.  Jason Lindstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Credit Union said, “Evergreen Credit Union is very excited about our partnership with the Maine Mariners.  It’s great to have professional hockey back in Maine!  To be a premier partner with professional level hockey in Maine is great for our account holders, communities we serve and Mainers in general.  We also look forward to giving back to the community by supporting the Goals for Good program together with the Mariners.”

The Mariners start play in October 2018 as members of the ECHL. The ECHL is the premier AA hockey league in the United States. Season tickets for the Mariners inaugural season are on sale now by visiting www.marinersofmaine.com.

MAINE MARINERS ANNOUNCE ARMSTRONG AS HEAD COACH

MAINE MARINERS ANNOUNCE ARMSTRONG AS HEAD COACH

Riley Armstrong introduced this afternoon in front of Cross Insurance Arena crowd

Portland, ME – February 17, 2018 – The Maine Mariners, proud members of the ECHL, are excited to announce Riley Armstrong as head coach.

Armstrong, 33, comes to Portland from the Wheeling Nailers, the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he has been an assistant coach for the past 1 ½ seasons. The Nailers have a record of 61-50-12 during his tenure as assistant coach.

Armstrong joined the Nailers in 2016 following the conclusion of a 12-year professional career. He signed with the San Jose Sharks in 2004 and played five seasons for the team’s American Hockey League affiliates in Cleveland, OH and Worcester, MA, making several trips to Portland as a visiting AHL player. He appeared in two NHL games for San Jose during the 2008-09 season before signing with the Calgary Flames as a free agent in 2009 and spending another season in the AHL.

Over the next five years, Armstrong made stops in some of Europe’s top professional leagues, playing in Russia, Finland, Germany and Sweden. He also had additional stints in the AHL and ECHL during that time before concluding his career with the ECHL’s Reading Royals.  He played a total of 610 professional games, including 404 in the AHL, 75 in the ECHL and 129 in Europe, and recorded a total of 156 goals and 180 assists for 336 points.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Riley to Maine. Throughout the interview process, Riley impressed us with his hockey IQ as well as his understanding of prospect development. He will be a leader in the locker room and in the community,” said Danny Briere, Maine Mariners VP of Hockey Operations.

Riley will work with Briere to sign players and other hockey staff members leading up to the Mariners’ first season starting in October. Armstrong will be able to leverage the innumerable connections made during a wide-ranging career playing under several highly-respected coaches in the hockey world, including former NHL head coaches Curt Fraser (Atlanta Thrashers) and Jim Playfair (Calgary Flames), as well as Larry Courville, who led Reading to the 2013 Kelly Cup championship. Armstrong is the younger brother of NHL veteran and NHL Network analyst Colby Armstrong.

“This is a great opportunity for me to continue my journey in this incredible game. I am thankful to Paul Holmgren and Danny Briere for believing in me to be the head coach of the Mariners. There aren’t many people that have the chance to build a team from scratch and I can’t wait to see the final product on the ice in October,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong will be coming to Maine with his wife Amber, daughter Peyton and son Ezra.

The Mariners start play in October 2018 as members of the ECHL. The ECHL is the premier AA hockey league in the United States. Season tickets for the Mariners inaugural season are on sale now by visiting www.marinersofmaine.com.