MARINERS ANNOUNCE 2019-20 GIVEAWAYS

PORTLAND, ME – June 28, 2019 – The Mariners have announced their list of promotional giveaways for the 2019-20 season. Eight items are scheduled to be given away over the course of the season. The Mariners will release the full promotional schedule in mid-July.

During all three home games in the month of October (11th, 25th, 26th), the Mariners will be handing out magnet schedules to all fans through the gate (while supplies last), sponsored by Portland North Dental. Unifirst will sponsor a Mariners T-Shirt giveaway on January 24th, and EqualityMaine is sponsoring a sunglasses giveaway on February 8th. November 16th features the first of two kids giveaways on the season, with the first 1,000 kids receiving a youth pennant. The second kids giveaway is on March 14th when the first 1,000 kids will receive a travel toothbrush. Children 12 and under are eligible to receive kids giveaways. The full giveaway schedule is below:

Date Opponent Game Time Giveaway Quantity
Oct. 11th* Adirondack 7:15 PM Magnet Schedule
sponsored by Portland North Dental
All fans
Oct. 25th Newfoundland 7:15 PM Magnet Schedule
sponsored by Portland North Dental
All fans (while supplies last)
Oct. 26th Newfoundland 6:00 PM Magnet Schedule
sponsored by Portland North Dental
All fans (while supplies last)
Nov. 9th Adirondack 6:00 PM Winter Beanie First 2,000 fans
Nov. 16th Adirondack 6:00 PM Youth Pennant First 1,000 kids (12 and under)
Dec. 7th Adirondack 6:00 PM Mini Stick First 2,000 fans
Jan. 11th Adirondack 6:00 PM Tumbler w/lid First 2,000 fans
Jan. 24th Worcester 7:15 PM Mariners T-Shirt
sponsored by Unifirst
First 2,000 fans
Feb. 8th Brampton 6:00 PM Sunglasses
sponsored by EqualityMaine
First 2,000 fans
Mar. 14th Worcester 6:00 PM Youth Travel
Toothbrush
First 1,000 kids (12 and under)

*home opener

All giveaways and quantities are subject to change.

Fans can purchase full and half season plans, 12-game mini plans, or group tickets now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free Street in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS RE-SIGN RICH BOYD

PORTLAND, ME – June 27, 2019 – The Mariners announced the signing of former University of New Hampshire defenseman Rich Boyd on Thursday. Boyd had two separate stints with the Mariners toward the end of the 2018-19 season, after finishing his college career with UNH.

Boyd, who just turned 24 in early June, is a native of Fort Myers, FL. He attended Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, MA) from 2010-2014, finishing strong with 40 points in 32 games in 13-14, and earning First Team All-New England honors.

At the University of New Hampshire, Boyd was more of a shutdown defenseman, only putting up 21 points in 145 career games in a five season span. In 2017-18, he was named the “Most Improved Player” on the Wildcats. In his senior season of 2018-19, he was third on the team in shot blocks, with 33, and tops on the team in +/- rating at a +4.

Boyd initially signed with the Mariners on March 23rd, and made his debut one week later on March 30th at Adirondack. He was released by the Mariners the following day, but signed another deal on April 7th to appear in the final game of the regular season against the Newfoundland Growlers. Boyd had no points in either game, with two shots and two penalty minutes.

“Being in Maine at the end of the season was a great experience and gave me a great idea of what the pace of the league was like,” Boyd said. “I’m excited to get back for the 19-20 season and am looking forward to a great season from the team.”

The Mariners 2019-20 roster is up to eight players (five forwards, three defensemen), with Sunday marking the qualifying offer deadline. Teams are permitted to issue qualifying offers to up to eight players to retain their rights beyond the start of the free agency period, which is July 1st.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS BRING BACK MASTER

Master skated in eight games for the Mariners, putting up 7 points (3g-4a)

PORTLAND, ME – June 26, 2019 – Forward Nick Master has re-signed with the Mariners for 2019-20, the team announced Wednesday. The former UMass-Lowell River Hawk had a strong showing in Maine at the end of the 2018-19 season, registering seven points in eight games.

The 24-year-old Master is a native of Broomall, PA and played for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers program for parts of three seasons, where he was a teammate of Dwyer Tschantz. After a 50 point season (in 40 games) with the U18 squad in 2012-13, Master moved onto to the United States Hockey League and played for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders and Tri City Storm. With the Storm in 2014-15, Master finished 2nd on the team in goals with 23, and later averaged a point-per-game in Tri City’s playoff run. He began his collegiate career at UMass-Lowell the following season.

Master enjoyed the best offensive season of his college career as a freshman in 2015-16, when he posted 24 points (8 goals and 16 assists) in 39 games, finishing in the top 10 of all Hockey East freshmen. He was also named the team’s Rookie of the Year. Over his final three seasons at Lowell, Master remained a mainstay in the lineup, playing a total of 150 career college games. The River Hawks won a Hockey East Championship in his sophomore season. On March 21st, 2019 after finishing his senior year, Master signed with the Mariners.

On March 24th, 2019, Master made his professional debut, and had an assist in a 6-2 home loss to the Manchester Monarchs. It was the first of a four game point streak to kick of Master’s pro career. On March 31st at Adirondack, Master opened the scoring with his first goal, coming on the power play. He would score another the following afternoon at home against Adirondack, also adding an assist for his first multi-point game. In eight games with the Mariners, Master scored three goals, with four assists.

“I’d like to thank the Mariners for giving me the opportunity to play during their playoff push last season,” Master said. “It’s a great organization with a great atmosphere and I can only imagine it’s going to be better this year.”

Master is the fifth forward and seventh player re-signed to a SPC for 2019-20. View the current roster here.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

DWYER TSCHANTZ RE-SIGNS WITH MARINERS

PORTLAND, ME – June 24, 2019 – The Mariners have re-signed forward Dwyer Tschantz to a standard player contract for the 2019-20 season, the team announced on Monday. The 6’6 forward had a strong finish to his rookie campaign in 2018-19, scoring seven of his nine goals from mid-February through the end of the season.

A native of Wilmington, DE, Tschantz was a 2014 NHL draft pick of the St. Louis Blues (Round 7, #202 overall). In his final season of junior hockey with the USHL’s Indiana Ice (2013-14), Tschantz helped his team capture a Clark Cup Championship, as he posted 44 points (24 goals, 20 assists) in 52 regular season games. He went on to play collegiately at Cornell University, before signing with the Worcester Railers at the end of the 2017-18 season. In four games for Worcester, Tschantz scored one goal – the first of his professional career on April 7th, 2018 at Manchester.

Tschantz has ties to the Mariners organization dating back to early days of juniors. From 2011-13, he was involved in the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 16U and Team Comcast 18U programs. The Mariners are owned by Comcast Spectacor. During Tschantz’s time in Philadelphia, Mariners V.P. of Operations Danny Briere was playing for the Flyers, and became one of Dwyer’s idols.

In July of 2018, Tschantz signed with the Mariners. He would be one of four players – along with Brycen Martin, Garrett Cecere, and Ryan Ferrill to play the entire season with Maine. Tschantz got off to a slow start, scoring just two goals in his first 27 games, but caught fire in mid-February. A goal on February 15th at Norfolk, sparked a three game goal streak and seven goals in 13 games. On March 8th, 2019 against the South Carolina Stingrays, Tschantz scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career. Tschantz totaled 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in his final 26 games.

“It was special to be a part of the Mariners first season back in Portland from start to finish,” said Tschantz. “Our fans were awesome night after night making every home game fun to look forward to. The support from ownership, management and staff far exceeded my expectations coming into my rookie season.”

Tschantz was named the team’s “Most Improved Player” for 2018-19. He says the coaching staff was a big reason why.

“Similar to the team, it took me time to find my groove in Maine but I credit the coaches for helping me find my game towards the end of the year, he said. “I am extremely happy to re-sign in Maine and build on what we started last season.”

Tschantz becomes the fourth forward signed to a SPC for 2019-20, joining Terrence Wallin, Michael McNicholas, and Dillan Fox.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

WILD BLUEBERRIES NIGHT WINS ECHL THEME NIGHT OF THE YEAR

PORTLAND, ME – June 21, 2019 – At the annual ECHL Summer Meetings in Las Vegas, NV, the Maine Mariners were awarded “Theme Night of the Year” during Thursday’s awards ceremony. The winning theme night was “Wild Blueberries Night,” which was held on March 9th, 2019 when the Mariners hosted the South Carolina Stingrays. The theme paid tribute to “what could have been,” as the Wild Blueberries finished second to the Mariners in the Summer 2017 team naming contest.

The legend of the Maine Wild Blueberries began shortly after the announcement of Portland’s newest professional hockey franchise became public in the summer of 2017. Fans were asked to submit ideas for the team name at PortlandMaineHockey.com, with around 4,000 suggestions received. In August, five finalists were put up for vote: Mariners, Wild Blueberries, Puffins, Lumberjacks, and Watchmen. The Wild Blueberries quickly took on a cult-like following, gaining traction in the national spotlight, including Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy, Sports Illustrated, and Reddit. On September 29th, 2017, after over 18,000 votes were cast, the Mariners were announced as the winner, narrowly beating out the Wild Blueberries to become the franchise’s name.

Big Room Studios, Portland-based creative technology company that designed the Mariners logo and helped with the mascot, Beacon, designed an official Wild Blueberries logo, that would pave the way for the concept to eventually come to life. The Mariners began planning “What If Night,” which evolved into simply “Wild Blueberries Night,” where all references to the Mariners would be switched to the Wild Blueberries – for one night. From the jerseys on the ice, to the public address announcements, video board and broadcast overlay logos, the Maine Mariners brand took a night off on March 9th, 2019 in lieu of the Maine Wild Blueberries.

Wild Blueberries merchandise was in high demand before, during, and after the night itself. The first 2,000 fans went home with a commemorative Wild Blueberries cup sponsored by Northeast Charter & Tour Co. and FRANK-FM, and Oakhurst Dairy provided Wild Blueberry Milk to fans on their way out of the arena. The Maine Wild Blueberries jerseys were auctioned off to fans after the game. In front of a crowd of over 4,900, the Mariners (Wild Blueberries) fell 2-1 in overtime to the Stingrays.

According to wildblueberries.com, the state of Maine is the only place in the United States where wild blueberries are cultivated, and is the largest producer of the fruit in the World. The state is also responsible for 10% of all blueberry production in North America. More is written about the wild blueberries – on and off the ice in a post on the Official Mariners Blog: Sea For Yourself.

The four other finalists for the award of ECHL “Theme Night of the Year,” were the Florida Everblades’ “Blackout,” the South Carolina Stingrays’ “Capitals Stanley Cup Night,” the Brampton Beast’s “Star Wars Night,” and the Indy Fuel’s “Wizards Night.”

The second ECHL season of Maine Mariners hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS RE-SIGN FIVE PLAYERS FOR 2019-20

PORTLAND, ME – June 17, 2019 – The Maine Mariners announced the re-signing of five players to standard players contracts (SPC) on Monday, officially marking the beginning of the 2019-20 roster. Forwards Terrence Wallin, Michael McNicholas, and Dillan Fox, along with defensemen Derek Pratt and Josh Couturier, have all agreed to deals for 2019-20.

Wallin, a 27-year-old forward, was an Alternate Captain in 2018-19 but found himself getting significant time in the AHL. The Yardley, PA native with Maine ties by way of Kennebunk, played 23 AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack in addition to his 41 with Maine. As a Mariner, Wallin put up 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists), finishing fourth on the team in scoring. The Mariners acquired Wallin in their first ever trade last September, when they sent defenseman Matias Cleland to the Adirondack Thunder. Wallin has been a pro since 2015-16 when he played for the SPHL’s Peoria Rivermen. He played his college hockey in New England at UMass-Lowell.

McNicholas is a 25-year-old forward from Reno, NV. After starting his 2018-19 season in Norway with Manglerud, he returned to the U.S. and signed with the Mariners on October 31st, 2018. The former University of New Hampshire Wildcat led the team in assists (40) and points in a Mariners uniform (53), finishing second only to Taylor Cammarata in overall point scoring. His 40 assists were also good for fourth among all ECHL rookies. McNicholas scored his first ECHL goal on November 10th, 2018, the game-winner in a 3-1 home victory over Worcester. He also finished tied for the team lead in shootout goals, with three. The Mariners coaching staff named McNicholas the team’s Rookie of the Year.

Dillan Fox was an unexpected key piece to the 2018-19 team. Signed to an SPC in January while playing for the SPHL’s Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, Fox was out to prove he deserved to stick in the ECHL. In just 37 games, Fox scored 16 goals, good for the third most on the team. As the Mariners dealt with injuries and call ups through February and March in particular, Fox became one of the primary scoring options on the roster. He produced three multi-goal performances along the way, and was ultimately named “unsung hero” by the coaching staff. Fox played NCAA DIII hockey at SUNY Plattsburgh and had been almost exclusively in the SPHL since 2016, besides a 10-game stint with Reading in 2017-18, near his hometown of Hummelstown, PA. He just celebrated his 28th birthday last Thursday.

On the Mariners blue line, few defensemen provided a more steady presence than Derek Pratt. The rookie D-man suited up in 63 games, leading all Mariners D. The Mount Hermon, MA native is known much more for his stay-at-home play than point production, but he put up a respectable two goals and 16 assists from the Mariners blue line. Included, was a goal in his professional debut on October 19th, 2018 against Reading at the Cross Insurance Arena. A former Captain at the University of Connecticut, Pratt wore an “A” on his sweater amidst call ups to the original Mariners captains in 2018-19. He earned a look with both Hartford and the Utica Comets, with which he made his AHL debut in April.

Josh Couturier didn’t join the Mariners until mid-February, but he had a significant impact after the trade that saw him shipped over from Wheeling. Just two days after playing at the Cross Insurance Arena as a visitor with the Nailers on February 10th, he quickly turned around and headed back to Portland to join the Maine lineup. Couturier scored a goal in his team debut on February 13th and finished with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) in 19 games as a Mariner after posting just two points 32 contests with Wheeling. The 24-year-old blue-liner hails from Newbury, MA and played collegiately for both Boston College and UMass-Amherst.

ECHL teams can sign players on their season-ending roster to SPCs up through June 30th, after which eight players per team can be issued qualified offers to extend the retention of their rights. Free agency begins on July 1st.

Fans are invited to meet the players, plus coaches and staff at a meet and greet at Binga’s Stadium on Tuesday, June 18th from 7-8:30. Fans can also enter to win a Mariners prize pack at the event.

The second ECHL season of Maine Mariners hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS ANNOUNCE SEASON-ENDING ROSTER

PORTLAND, ME – June 15, 2019 – The Maine Mariners released their season-ending roster for 2018-19 on Saturday, protecting the rights of 20 players between now and July 1st. The season-ending roster is the second phase in the three step process of protecting players’ rights, the first being the initial protected list, and the final being June 30th qualifying offers.

Here is the Mariners 2018-19 season-ending roster:

FORWARDS (10): Taylor Cammarata, Greg Chase, Ryan Ferrill, Dillan Fox, Corey Kalk, Alex Kile, Nick Master, Michael McNicholas, Dwyer Tschantz, Terrence Wallin

DEFENSEMEN (8): Rich Boyd, Johnny Coughlin, Josh Couturier, Garrett Cecere, Jon Jutzi, Derek Pratt, Scott Savage, Zach Tolkinen

GOALTENDERS (2): Francois Brassard, Connor LaCouvee

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than June 30. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2019-20 Season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to June 30.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until July 16 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until July 16. After July 16, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 1, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

Starting on Sunday, June 16th, teams can sign players on their season-ending rosters to standard player contracts for 2019-20. The Mariners will announce their initial signings on Monday, June 17th. Up to eight players can receive qualifying offers by June 30th. Free agency begins on July 1st.

The second ECHL season of Maine Mariners hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th. The Mariners are also hosting a public “Meet and Greet” with players, coaches, and staff at Binga’s Stadium (77 Free St. in Portland) this coming Tuesday, June 18th from 7-8:30 PM.

MARINERS ANNOUNCE 12-GAME MINI PLAN

PORTLAND, ME – June 14, 2019 – The Maine Mariners have announced a new ticket plan for the 2019-20 season: the 12-game mini plan. The mini plan will allow fans to pre-select 12 games of their choice, while reserving the same seat for each game. Mini plan packages start as low as $180 per seat.

The 12-game mini plan, which accounts for one-third of the home schedule, is a happy medium between a 10-ticket flex plan and a half season ticket plan. Like a half season plan, fans can reserve their seat in the same spot for all 12 games within the mini plan. Additionally, each 12-game mini plan holder receives access to a dedicated account representative in the Mariners front office. These perks are not included in 10-ticket flex plans. Additional buddy passes and ticket exchanges, which are included in half and full season plans, are not included in the 12-game mini plan.

The Mariners’ second ECHL season will open on October 11th against the Adirondack Thunder at the Cross Insurance Arena. The full schedule for 2019-20 was released yesterday. There are a total of three home games in October, eight in November, four in December, and seven each in the months of January, February, and March. The Mariners have 11 home Saturdays, 11 Friday dates and six Sunday afternoon games to go along with eight weekday games (six Tuesdays, one Monday and Thursday).

There are two tiers of pricing for the 12-game mini plan. Plans for seats in the end zones are $180 for 12 games ($15 per seat), while plans for seats in the center sections are $216 ($18 per seat). There are no additional service or handling fees for full, half or 12-game mini plans.

In addition to the mini plan ticket plan, the Mariners have full and half season plans available now. Information on 10-ticket flex plans for 2019-20 as well as single game tickets will be released later in the summer. Fans can call 833-GO-MAINE or visit a sales representative at the Mariners offices located on 94 Free St. in Portland for more information or to purchase a ticket package. Additionally, information on all levels of season ticket memberships can be found here.

MARINERS ANNOUNCE FULL 2019-20 SCHEDULE

PORTLAND, ME – June 13, 2019 – The Maine Mariners, along with the ECHL released the full schedule for the 2019-20 season on Thursday. The Mariners will begin the season at home on Friday, October 11th against the Adirondack Thunder at the Cross Insurance Arena and will play 36 home games at the Cross Insurance Arena against nine different opponents, two of which they did not play in 2018-19. The Mariners posted a 22-12-1-1 record on home ice last season, the third best mark in the North Division, and the fifth best in the Eastern Conference. The regular season home finale is March 29th against the Worcester Railers and the final game of the regular season is Sunday, April 5th at Worcester.

The Mariners will once again compete in the ECHL’s North Division along with Adirondack, Worcester, the Reading Royals, the Newfoundland Growlers, and the Brampton Beast. The Manchester Monarchs announced a cease of operations on May 15th and had its membership terminated on May 20th, leaving six teams in the division instead of seven. The Mariners most common opponents will be the Worcester Railers and Adirondack Thunder, each of whom they play 18 times. The Mariners and Railers will split their season series with nine games in each city, while Maine will travel to Glens Falls ten times and host the Thunder for eight. The Mariners will play the defending Kelly Cup champion Newfoundland Growlers 11 times this coming season, seven of the games at home. Rounding out divisional play, the Mariners and Reading Royals meet nine times (six in Reading), and seven matchups are scheduled against Brampton (four home, three away).

Outside the North Division, the Mariners welcome in the South Carolina Stingrays (March 1) and Norfolk Admirals (March 10) of the South Division for the second consecutive season. They’ll also host the Indy Fuel (November 29) and Jacksonville IceMen (January 3-4), inaugural meetings with both organizations. On the road in interdivisional play, the Mariners travel to Norfolk once again, and will visit the Wheeling Nailers for the first time in history, a homecoming of sorts for Mariners Head Coach Riley Armstrong, who spent two seasons as an assistant coach there. The Nailers came to Portland last season.

January is Maine’s busiest month, with 15 games scheduled in the first month of 2020. By day of the week, the Mariners will play 11 home Saturdays, 11 Fridays, six Sundays, six Tuesdays, and one Monday and Thursday each. Start times will remain 7:00 PM on weekdays, 7:15 PM on Fridays, 6:00 PM on Saturdays, and 3:00 PM on Sundays. Doors will open one hour before start time, one hour and 15 minutes for season ticket holders. All game times are subject to change.

Full and half season ticket packages plus group ticket discounts are available now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office located next to the Cross Insurance Arena at 94 Free Street. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th. Registration for Beacon’s Kids Club and the Mariners inaugural summer reading program, “Read with ME” are also underway.