MARINERS ADD FOUR MORE AS ROSTER TAKES SHAPE

MARINERS ADD FOUR MORE AS ROSTER TAKES SHAPE

Two forwards, two defensemen added to inaugural roster

PORTLAND, ME – July 24, 2018 – The Maine Mariners continue to add to their roster for 2018-19, announcing the signings of four more players on Tuesday. Forwards Jesse Schwartz and Dwyer Tschantz have agreed to deals, along with defensemen Mitch Jones and Garrett Cecere.

Jesse Schwartz (6’0, 194) just finished his college career at the University of Connecticut, where he scored ten goals and added five assists in his Senior season. A native of Toronto, Schwartz played his junior hockey in Canada, finishing with a big season in the BCHL (57 points in 48 games) with the Victoria Grizzlies in 2013-14.

“He’s a guy that likes to go into the hard areas, loves the net-front,” said Mariners head coach Riley Armstrong. “We’re looking for him to be an energy guy for the team and also chip in offensively.”

Dwyer Tschantz (6’5, 209) is a former NHL draft pick and played four games with the Worcester Railers last season, scoring one goal. The Wilmington, Delaware native played his college hockey at Cornell University after being drafted in the 7th round, 202nd overall by the St. Louis Blues in 2014.

“[Tschantz] is going to bring some size to the team,” said Armstrong. “Hopefully he’ll create a bunch of grind game and puck possession in the offensive zone. He’s going to come to us with a lot of structure after spending four years at Cornell.”

Mitch Jones (5’11, 198) brings three previous seasons to ECHL experience to the Mariners. Appearing in 58 games for the Utah Grizzlies last season, Jones scored two goals and added 12 assists. He was also a member of the Alaska Aces from 2015-17, the ECHL membership that was purchased and relocated to Portland to become the Mariners. His father, Brad, played in the NHL for Winnipeg, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Jones is from Rochester, MI.

“He’s going to add some veteran leadership to the defensive core” Armstrong said about Jones. “He’ll bring some toughness and he can play both styles of the game whether the other team needs some push back if it’s an offensive skilled game. It allows him to do both with his game.”

Garrett Cecere (5’8, 165) is a blue-liner from West Des Moines, IA who split his college career between Colorado College and Northeastern University. He contributed nine assists during his Senior campaign at Northeastern this past season. In juniors, Cecere played for three different USHL teams (Dubuque, Tri City, and Sioux Falls) as well as the Janesville Jets of the NAHL.

“I watched Garrett play at the end of last season – he is an entertaining player to watch,” said Armstrong. “Garrett understands the big picture in his development process. We are very excited to have him.”

The Mariners inaugural roster now includes seventeen players (nine forwards, seven defensemen, and one goaltender). The full roster can be found HERE.

The Mariners, proud affiliate of the New York Rangers, will start play in the inaugural season October 13, 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 or call toll free 833-GO-MAINE.

MARINERS NAME OFFICIAL TRAVEL PARTNER

PORTLAND, ME – July 20, 2018 – The Maine Mariners have an official travel partner as they hit the road during their inaugural season. On Friday they announced that Northeast Charter & Tour Co. will serve as the team bus transportation service for the 2018-19 season.

“Choosing a bus company is a crucial decision when planning out the road portion of our season,” said Mariners head coach Riley Armstrong. “It’s important to us to have a reliable service to get us from destination to destination in a safe and timely manner, especially with a very busy schedule. We’re excited to have Northeast Charter as a partner.”

Based in Lewiston, ME, Northeast Charter & Tour Co. has served the region since 1999, offering trolleys, passenger vans, and limousines in addition to buses. They operate over 60 vehicles – including 29 charter buses and school bus services from multiple locations in Maine. Northeast Charter services the Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball team and was the travel partner of the AHL’s Portland Pirates.

“We’re thrilled to have been chosen as the official transportation provider of the Mariners organization,” said Northeast Charter president and owner Scott Riccio. “We take our role as part of this team very seriously and look forward to helping them this season.  As the northeast’s premier motorcoach operator we are excited to be partnering with a team of this caliber!”

The Mariners will play 36 regular season road games this season, including trips to Manchester, NH, Worcester, MA, Glens Falls, NY, and Reading, PA.

The Mariners, proud affiliate of the New York Rangers, will start play in the inaugural season October 13, 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 or call toll free 833-GO-MAINE.

MARINERS CAPITALIZE ON LEAGUE OF OPPORTUNITY

MARINERS CAPITALIZE ON LEAGUE OF OPPORTUNITY

New ECHL organization pulls NAHL alumni on and off ice

PORTLAND, ME – July 18, 2018 The North American Hockey League’s long-standing mantra, “The League of Opportunity,” has been re-enforced by rising numbers of NCAA commitments, NHL draft picks, and professional contracts with each passing year. The largest and oldest Junior hockey league in the U.S. has become a premier destination for teenage hockey players with dreams of playing at the highest level. But the NAHL has seen an emerging pattern off the ice too – the League of Opportunity is becoming a breeding ground for the professional growth of those employed in hockey and business operations offices alike. Perhaps no better example can be found than that of the ECHL’s newest franchise – the Maine Mariners. Pulling four employees and a player with NAHL backgrounds, the Mariners have given credence to the “League of Opportunity” in a big way.

The Mariners were announced as a new ECHL franchise in the summer of 2017 after the purchase and relocation of the Alaska Aces to Portland, Maine by Comcast-Spectacor and the Philadelphia Flyers. They became an affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers in April 2018 and will begin play in October. The ECHL is the Premier AA Hockey League, behind the AHL. It consists of 27 teams playing 72 games from as far West as Idaho and now as far East as Newfoundland, Canada.

From the Aberdeen Wings comes Mariners assistant coach, Anthony Bohn. Scott Langer’s right-hand man for four different seasons, Bohn was an assistant for the Topeka RoadRunners under Langer from 2013-15 and again with the Wings the previous two years. He’ll work under head coach Riley Armstrong with the Mariners.

“Coaching in the NAHL prepared me for the pro level by the standards and level of expectations by the organizations and staff I have had the opportunity to work with,” Bohn said. “Scott Langer, Steve Jennings and all the great owners within the league like Greg Odde to provide the resources possible to develop as a coach.”

Sharpening skates and setting the locker room this season for the Mariners will be equipment manager Mark Riepe, who worked for the Lone Star Brahmas from 2013 to 2017. His journey led him to Peoria, IL where he was named “Equipment Manager of the Year” for the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) in 2017-18.

“The Brahmas held high expectations on my end of the profession in terms of how well we treated the players whether they were here to stay or just in town for the weekend to tour the facility,” Riepe said. “They were all treated like part of the ‘Brahma’ family. Coach [Dan] Wildfong had a big influence on my success with teaching me the way of a ‘never saying no’ mentality and that there is always a solution for everything.”

The Director of Marketing for the Mariners is Natalie Tobey, who helped the Janesville Jets to the 2014-15 NAHL “Organization of the Year” Award. Starting with the Jets as an unpaid volunteer in 2013, Tobey was the sole full-time member of the Janesville front office in ’14-15.

“As the only full time staff member with the Jets, I learned so much about time management, scheduling and the business of hockey,” said Tobey. “I don’t believe I would be where I am today without the experiences I had in Janesville.”

A four year NAHL vet, Michael Keeley recently joined the Mariners as Media Relations and Broadcast Manager. Keeley held media, sales, and broadcasting positions with the Keystone Ice Miners (2014-15) and Austin Bruins (2015-18). He also twice served as a broadcaster for the NAHL’s annual Top Prospects Tournament – in 2015 and again in 2017.

“The discrepancy from juniors to pros – particularly in the front office structure – is smaller than people might think,” Keeley said. “My four years in the NAHL gave me the opportunity to get a taste of virtually everything that goes into the business side of running a hockey team. That learning experience was invaluable.”

The League of Opportunity, as it stands from a player perspective, applies to the Mariners too. Defenseman John Furgele signed his first professional contract with the Mariners on June 27th. He spent two seasons with the Bismarck Bobcats from 2010-12.

“Playing for Bismarck definitely helped me in my journey to play Division I and professional hockey,” Furgele said. “Coming in as a 17-year-old, I was able to go against older guys and develop more through lots of practices and games. If it weren’t for my time in Bismarck, I would not be here today.”

And what makes the Mariners in particular, a perfect fit for ‘NAHLers’ past?

“The Mariners are a perfect first step into professional hockey and the experiences in the NAHL translate well,” said Tobey. “ECHL staffs aren’t as large as AHL or NHL so the ability to wear many hats is something that has helped me in my position with the Mariners.”

“It’s a youthful, work driven staff,” added Riepe. “We all come from extremely well known teams in the NAHL that are very successful and winning teams, which I hope continues at the pro level.”

The Mariners, proud affiliate of the New York Rangers, will start play in the inaugural season October 13, 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 or call toll free 833-GO-MAINE.

MARINERS ADD FOUR TO INAUGURAL ROSTER

MARINERS ADD FOUR TO INAUGURAL ROSTER

Two forwards, one defenseman, and first goaltender signed on

PORTLAND, ME – July 13, 2018 – The Maine Mariners took a big step in shaping the roster for their inaugural season, announcing the signings of four players on Friday. Forwards Ryan Ferrill and Tyler Maltby, defenseman Alex Adams, and goaltender Connor LaCouvee have all agreed to deals with the Mariners for the 2018-19 season.

Connor LaCouvee (6’1, 201) comes straight from the college ranks where he led Minnesota State-Mankato to an NCAA Tournament run in between the pipes. LaCouvee posted a 23-6-1 record with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. The wins and GAA marks landed him in the top five nationally. The 24-year-old LaCouvee hails from Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. He played three seasons at Boston University before transferring to Minnesota State.

“Connor had a great senior year at Mankato, putting up some very impressive numbers,” said Mariners head coach Riley Armstrong. “We are looking for Connor to come in and battle for the net. We will have a competitive training camp with our goalie situation.”

Ryan Ferrill (6’3, 218) has ECHL experience with the Greenville, suiting up for four games with the Swamp Rabbits in 2017-18. A native of Havertown, PA, he played four years of NCAA DI hockey at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. The 25-year-old forward also played Junior hockey in New England, suiting up for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.

“Ryan will bring a good grind and puck possession game to the team,” said Armstrong. “He has some ECHL experience going down to play with Greenville at the end of last season.”

Tyler Maltby (6’2, 213) is a Canadian-born forward from Sherwood Park, Alberta. The 22-year-old spent three very successful seasons with the Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), racking up 95 goals and 72 assists in 163 career games. In that span, he also accumulated 391 penalty minutes. He split last season playing for the University of Lethbridge and the Stony Plain Eagles (ACHW).

“Tyler will be a wild card coming into training camp for us,” said Armstrong. “He put up some big numbers in the AJHL offensively but also did some damage in the penalty minutes department. I’m really excited to see what Tyler will bring come October.”

Alex Adams (6’2, 194) is a 25-year-old defenseman from Orangeville, Ontario who joins the Mariners after making his pro hockey debut with the Knoxville Ice Bears (SPHL) in 2017-18.

“Alex played college hockey in Canada before going to play in the SPHL at the end of college career,” said Armstrong. “Alex will help out on the offensive side of our blue line.”

Adams had ten points (four goals, six assists) in 15 games for Knoxville before finishing the season in Australia with the Adelaide Adrenaline where he put up 17 more points in 14 games. His college career was spent mostly with Wilfrid Laurier University. Adams has been a “Mariner” before, spending a brief time with the Yarmouth Mariners of the MJAHL in the 2013-14 season.

With the additions, the Mariners inaugural roster currently sits at thirteen players (seven forwards, five defensemen, and one goaltender):

F: Alex Kile, Trevor Fleurent, Mike Marnell, Riley Bourbonnais, Brady Vail, Ryan Ferrill, Tyler Maltby
D: John Furgele, Derek Pratt, Matias Cleland, Zach Tolkinen, Alex Adams
G: Connor LaCouvee

The Mariners, proud affiliate of the New York Rangers, will start play in the inaugural season October 13, 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 or call toll free 833-GO-MAINE.

CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS BECOMES PREMIER PARTNER

Portland, MAINE – July 12, 2018 – The Maine Mariners are pleased to announce Consolidated Communications as a premier partner of the team. Consolidated Communication’s premier partnership will span a three-year commitment to the Mariners.

“We are fortunate to partner with Consolidated Communications for our inaugural season,” said Danny Briere, vice president of hockey operations at the Maine Mariners. “Their support and expertise allow us to work with the community and talk to our fan base seamlessly. Having an IT company that we can rely on is not something we take for granted.”

In addition to their premier partnership, Consolidated Communications will be the official communications provider of the Mariners. “We are thrilled to step up and support the Maine Mariner’s inaugural season and proud that our company can help build on the return of professional hockey to Maine,” said Lisa Leary, vice president of business sales at Consolidated Communications. “We’re also very excited to be the exclusive communications provider to the Mariners and offer a complete suite of voice and data communication solutions.  The thrill of professional hockey returns this fall and we look forward to being there for every face-off, goal and hat trick.”

The Mariners, proud affiliate of the New York Rangers, will continue to add to the roster throughout the summer before dropping the puck October 13, 2018 in the inaugural season 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 or call toll free 833-GO-MAINE.

THREE ADDED TO MARINERS ROSTER FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON

THREE ADDED TO MARINERS ROSTER FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON

Vail, Bourbonnais and Marnell add depth to roster

Portland, ME – July 6, 2018 – Additions to the Maine Mariners growing roster bring the total of nine players signed to contracts for the inaugural season. Brady Vail (6-0/194), Riley Bourbonnais (5-11/194) and Mike Marnell (5-10/181) bring a mix of skill and scoring prowess to Maine.

Vail, from Hendersonville, North Carolina, comes to the Mariners after ending the 2017-18 season with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. An experienced forward, Vail has 41 AHL games under his belt and 208 ECHL games with 59 goals and 88 assists for 147 points.

“Vail is a top end forward in the ECHL and we are looking for him to carry the load offensively,” said Coach Armstrong. “He plays a skilled game but also brings an in your face style as well, which will fit in perfect with our team.”

Bourbonnais, a forward from Rochester, NY is the second player to follow Coach Armstrong from Wheeling to the Mariners. Following a successful NCAA career with RPI where he wore the “C” his senior year, Bourbonnais joined the Wheeling Nailers for the remainder of the 2016-17 season and the entirety of the 2017-18 season which saw him play in 67 games for 23 goals and 19 assists for 42 points.

“I had Riley in Wheeling last season where he is coming off of an AHL two way contract,” said Armstrong. “He put together four solid years at RPI before having a very impressive rookie season in Wheeling. Riley will be key piece to the puzzle that we are building right now.”

Marnell, a forward from South Huntington, New York, will make his professional debut for the Mariners following four seasons at St. Lawrence University. Seeing NCAA action in 115 games for 45 goals and 34 assists for 79 points is something Armstrong hopes will translate to the Mariners.

“Mike put together four good years at college and we are hoping his scoring touch will translate into the professional game,” said Armstrong. “The way the game is changing we feel Mike will fit into our plans and continue and grow as a player.”

The Mariners, proud affiliate of the New York Rangers, will continue to add to the roster throughout the summer before dropping the puck October 13, 2018 in the inaugural season 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 or call toll free 833-GO-MAINE.

MARINERS ADD VETERAN IN FREE AGENCY

MARINERS ADD VETERAN IN FREE AGENCY

Zach Tolkinen adds four years of ECHL experience to roster

Portland, ME – July 2, 2018 – The Maine Mariners were active on July 1, the first day of free agency, coming to terms with ECHL veteran Zach Tolkinen. Tolkinen will follow Coach Armstrong after playing the 2017-18 season with the Wheeling Nailers.

Tolkinen (6-3/190) joins the Mariners with 254 ECHL games under his belt in four seasons. A defensemen from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Tolkinen played four seasons with Quinnipiac University before turning pro with the now defunct Elmira Jackals in 2014-15. He had stints with the Missouri Mavericks (now Kansas City Mavericks) and Rapid City Rush before landing alongside Coach Armstrong in Wheeling.

“I had Zach in Wheeling last season,” said Armstrong. “He is a big, strong defensemen who loves to compete every night and is a great guy in the locker room and community. Zach will be a big part of our defense and leadership group.”

The Mariners, proud affiliate of the New York Rangers, will start play in the inaugural season October 13, 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 or call toll free 833-GO-MAINE.