JORDAN KLIMEK SIGNED FOLLOWING TRADE FOR RIGHTS

PORTLAND, ME – August 13, 2019 – The Maine Mariners announced the signing of defenseman Jordan Klimek on Tuesday, a week after acquiring his rights in a trade with the Kansas City Mavericks. Last Monday, the Mariners dealt defensemen Derek Pratt and Garrett Cecere to Kansas City in exchange for the rights Klimek.

“We are very excited to add Klimek to our defensive core,” said head coach Riley Armstrong. “He is a good skater and puck mover which will help in breaking the puck out of our zone.”

Klimek will celebrate his 24th birthday this coming Sunday. He was born in Langley, British Columbia, where he played his initial midget and junior hockey. With the Valley West Hawks of the BC Hockey Major Midget League, Klimek led the league in points by a defenseman in the 2011-12 season. He registered 42 points (8 goals, 34 assists) in 40 games. The following season in the BCHL, Klimek won a championship as a part of the Surrey Eagles, scoring six goals and adding 17 assists in 52 regular season games, plus six assists in 17 playoff contests. Klimek continued his junior career in the United States Hockey League with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the 2013-14 season, scoring two goals with 14 assists in 54 games. He committed to NCAA Division I Northern Michigan University.

Although he scored just one goal over his first three seasons at Northern Michigan, Klimek racked up 25 assists in that span. He was on the WCHA All-Academic Team in his sophomore campaign of 2015-16. In his senior season of 2017-18, Klimek put up career highs in goals, assists, and points with 3 goals and 15 helpers in 43 games. He also served as an alternate captain. Last August, he signed his first professional contract with Kansas City.

This past season, Klimek (5’11, 185 lbs) appeared in 66 of Kansas City’s 72 regular season games, and scored six goals, while adding 12 assists. He led the team in +/- rating at a +14. Klimek registered his first professional point with a goal on October 27th, 2018 against Indy. He also racked up 43 penalty minutes for the Mavericks, including two fighting majors. In six playoff games, he registered one assist.

Klimek becomes the 5th defenseman under contract with the Mariners, joining Josh Couturier, Rich Boyd, Gabriel Sylvestre, and Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin. In total, the Mariners roster currently sits at 14 players. Click here to view the roster.

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, flex packs 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 TO HONOR LOCAL NHL REFEREE WES MCCAULEY

PORTLAND, ME – August 8, 2019 – The Maine Mariners announced on Thursday that Friday, November 15th, 2019 will be “Wes McCauley Appreciation Night” at the Cross Insurance Arena, when the Mariners host the Brampton Beast at 7:15 PM. McCauley, a South Portland resident, has been a full time National Hockey League referee since 2005, also working in the ECHL and AHL after a brief professional playing career.

McCauley, 47, was born in Georgetown, Ontario and is a second generation NHL referee, his father John working in the NHL and serving as the league’s Director of Officiating from 1986-89. Wes played Division I college hockey at Michigan State as a defenseman, and went on to be an eighth round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 1990. Although he’d never play in the NHL, McCauley spent a season in the ECHL with the Knoxville Cherokees, and played professionally for five seasons, finishing his playing career in Italy after the 1996-97 season.

After retiring from playing, McCauley decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and join the officiating ranks. He began working junior hockey games in his home province of Ontario, elevating quickly into the ECHL, and in 2001 – the American Hockey League. McCauley made his NHL debut as an official on January of 2003, and after working two AHL Calder Cup Finals, became a full time NHL ref in the 2005-06 season. Since 2013, McCauley has been chosen to work every Stanley Cup Final series, missing the 2018-19 Cup Finals due to injury. In the spring of 2018, he was voted the NHL’s best referee in a poll conducted by the NHL Players Association. On December 23rd, 2018, he worked his 1,000th NHL game in Las Vegas, when the Golden Knights hosted the Los Angeles Kings.

McCauley is a long time resident of South Portland, where his wife, Bethany grew up. The couple have three children. On May 19th, 2019, McCauley was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

Fans will be able to get autographs from McCauley in the concourse during the first intermission of the game on November 15th. There will also be a video compilation on the scoreboard showing some of McCauley’s best “mic’d up moments.” All fans are encouraged to wear officiating stripes to honor Wes. He will finish his night by joining Mariners broadcaster Michael Keeley for commentary in the third period of the webcast on Mixlr and ECHL.tv.

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, flex 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 ACQUIRE KLIMEK’S RIGHTS FROM KANSAS CITY

PORTLAND, ME – August 5, 2019 – The Maine Mariners announced a trade on Monday, acquiring the rights to defenseman Jordan Klimek from the Kansas City Mavericks in exchange for defensemen Derek Pratt and Garrett Cecere.

Klimek, who will turn 24 on Aug. 18th, is a native of Langley, British Columbia. As a second year player for the Valley West Hawks of the BC Hockey Major Midget League, Klimek led the league in points by a defenseman in the 2011-12 season. He registered 42 points (8 goals, 34 assists) in 40 games. The following season in the BCHL, Klimek won a championship as a part of the Surrey Eagles, scoring six goals and adding 17 assists in 52 regular season games, plus six assists in 17 playoff contests. Klimek then brought his game to the United States Hockey League and the Dubuque Fighting Saints for the 2013-14 season. For Dubuque, he scored two goals with 14 assists in 54 games. He committed to NCAA Division I Northern Michigan University.

Although he scored just one goal over his first three seasons at Northern Michigan, Klimek racked up 25 assists in that span. He was on the WCHA All-Academic Team in his sophomore campaign of 2015-16. In his senior season of 2017-18, Klimek put up career highs in goals, assists, and points with 3 goals and 15 helpers in 43 games. He also served as an alternate captain. Last August, he signed his first professional contract with Kansas City.

This past season, Klimek (5’11, 185 lbs) appeared in 66 of Kansas City’s 72 regular season games, leading the team in +/- rating at +14, and scoring six goals, while adding 12 assists. He registered his first professional point with a goal on October 27th, 2018 against Indy. Klimek also racked up 43 penalty minutes for the Mavericks, including a pair of fighting majors. In six playoff games, he registered one assist. The Mavericks were eliminated in the first round by the Tulsa Oilers.

On July 1st, Klimek was one of eight players issued a qualifying offer by the Mavericks. His rights are now transferred to the Mariners, who will still need to sign him to a contract to add him to the roster. The Mariners blue line is already quite crowded with Josh Couturier, Rich Boyd, Gabriel Sylvestre, and Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin all under contract. The Mariners also hold the ECHL rights to Scott Savage, Johnny Coughlin and now, Klimek.

Defensemen Derek Pratt and Garrett Cecere were dealt to Kansas City in the trade. Both players were rookies last season for the Mariners and signed contracts earlier in the offseason.

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, flex 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 GOALTENDER BRASSARD

Brassard became the team’s primary netminder in the final two weeks of the 2018-19 season, posting a .917 save percentage in six games.

PORTLAND, ME – August 1, 2019 – The Mariners have locked up their first goaltender for the 2019-20 season, announcing on Thursday the re-signing of Francois Brassard. The rookie netminder was a sixth round draft pick of the Ottawa Senators in 2012 and played six games for the Mariners at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Brassard, a 25-year-old from Gatineau, Quebec, signed with the Mariners on March 20th, shortly after Connor LaCouvee’s recall to the Laval Rocket. He ended up appearing in six of the team’s final seven games, posting a 1-4-0-0 record, a 3.28 GAA, and a .917 SV%. Of his six appearances, four were starts.

“I’m really excited to be back in Portland, especially with the same core of guys as last year,” said Brassard. “I think we had good team chemistry and I’m looking forward to build on what was started in Maine last year.”

Prior to signing in Maine, Brassard had been playing collegiately in Canada for Carleton University (USports), where he posted a 2.02 GAA and .947 SV% in three seasons. It was in the QMJHL, however, that he caught Ottawa’s eye. Brassard played for the Quebec Remparts, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and Gatineau Olympiques over a four season junior career. In his final three seasons, Brassard played an average of over 52 games a year, not including playoffs, in which he was involved in two deep President’s Cup runs. In the 2014-15 season, Brassard accomplished a strange but impressive feat, scoring two empty-net goals – one each for Cape Breton and Gatineau.

Although he joined the Mariners from the college ranks, Brassard played five games professionally in the 2015-16 season for the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL. That season, he went 2-2-0 with a 2.33 GAA and a .903 SV%. His ECHL debut came with the Mariners on March 29th, 2019 at Reading, where he stopped all four shots faced in relief. The following night, Brassard made his first ECHL start, and suffered a tough luck loss at Adirondack, making 43 saves on 46 shots in a 4-2 defeat.

Brassard continued to play well in his next two appearances, but had his first ECHL win elude him until April 5th, when the Mariners got a 4-2 home win over the Worcester Railers, keeping their playoff hopes alive. Brassard stopped 41 of 43 shots. His final appearance came in a losing effort the next night in Manchester, as the Mariners officially saw their postseason aspirations ended by the Monarchs.

The Mariners retained to the ECHL rights to goaltender Connor LaCouvee by issuing him a qualifying offer on July 1st, but LaCouvee signed an AHL deal with the Laval Rocket in June. The Mariners current roster sits at 16 players (nine forwards, six defensemen, one goaltender), with 13 returning from the 2018-19 team. Click here to view the roster.

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 SIGN SUPINSKI

Photo credit: Clara Iodice/Union College Athletics

PORTLAND, ME – July 30, 2019 – The Mariners have signed forward Brett Supinski to a standard player contract, the team announced on Tuesday. Supinski will be a rookie in 2019-20, but played two games in the AHL with the Ontario Reign at the end of last season.

Supinski is a 6’0, 175-pound forward from Collegeville, PA. He finished up his NCAA career last season with Union College (Schenectady, NY), where he averaged 27 points over four seasons. In his sophomore season of 2016-17, Supinski put up 36 points (8 goals, 28 assists) in 37 games, his best year of the four. Supinski was more of a playmaker than a goal scorer in college, with 73 of his 108 career points being assists. He was named to the ECAC All-Academic Team all four seasons.

“Brett put up great numbers during his college career. Hopefully he can continue that at the pro level,” said Mariners head coach Riley Armstrong. “I think playing a couple game at the end of last season in the AHL will help lots with his confidence heading into his rookie season.”

Supinski, who will turn 24 on Sunday, signed with the Ontario Reign in late March 2019 and played in two games, not registering a point.

By far the best season of Supinski’s career came in 2014-15, his only year in the British Columbia Hockey League. That season with the Coquitlam Express, he registered 98 points (48 goals, 50 assists) in 58 games, plus another seven points in five playoff games. He ranked second in the BCHL in points and goals, and was named Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-Star.

Before Coquitlam, Supinski played for the Philadephia Jr. Flyers U18 (T1EHL), where he was a teammate of Mariners forward Nick Master. He also played two seasons at Millbrook School preparatory, after one at La Salle College High.

Supinski becomes the 15th player under contract for the 2019-20 season. Click here to view the full roster.

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 TO HOST WORCESTER IN PRESEASON AT EXETER

PORTLAND, ME – July 26, 2019 – The Maine Mariners and Worcester Railers will play 18 times during the 2019-20 regular season – a quarter of each other’s schedule. Today, it was announced that they’ll add at least one more meeting to their calendar, with a preseason exhibition contest on Saturday, October 5th at The Rinks at Exeter in Exeter, New Hampshire.

The Mariners will serve as the host team for the game, which will begin at 4:30 PM. Admission will be free, with select Mariners merchandise available for purchase. There will also be an informational table for 2019-20 ticket plans.

The Rinks at Exeter was host to the first two franchise preseason games in 2018-19, when the Mariners played Worcester as well as the Manchester Monarchs. Game five of the 2019 North Division Finals between the Monarchs and the Newfoundland Growlers was also played there in May.

The Mariners found great success against their New England rivals from Worcester in their inaugural season, posting a 10-4-0-0 record in the 14 head-to-head meetings. The two teams played mostly close games, however, with six of the Mariners ten victories coming in either overtime or a shootout. All but one meeting was decided by either one or two goals. The Mariners also won eight of the final nine meetings of the season. Worcester finished the 2018-19 season with a 32-29-7-4 record, finishing last place in an ultra-competitive North Division.

The 2019-20 regular season schedule features 18 head-to-head matchups between the two teams – nine in each city. That number is tied for the most meetings between the Mariners and a given opponent, with the Adirondack Thunder also on the schedule 18 times. The full regular season schedule can be found here.

The regular season kicks off October 11th at home against Adirondack at the Cross Insurance Arena with 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 ALEX KILE

PORTLAND, ME – July 19, 2019 – On June 22nd, 2018, Alex Kile signed a contract to become the first player in Maine Mariners ECHL history. Just over a year later, the 25-year-old forward has re-signed in Maine. Kile spend most of the 2018-19 in the AHL, but remained under contract with the Mariners for the entirety of the season. He was one of six players to which the Mariners issued a qualifying offer on July 1st.

After a strong first season in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2017-18, Kile burst onto the scene in Maine, scoring six goals in the first seven games of the season and registering at least one point in all but one of the Mariners’ October contests. He quickly became a fan favorite with four goals in the first three home games. In his time with the Mariners, Kile also posted three multi-goal games.

After scoring his 7th goal in just his 10th game, he was loaned to the AHL’s Utica Comets on November 10th. He appeared in four games for Utica before being returned, and immediately picking up where he left off, earning a second AHL chance with the Hartford Wolf Pack. After scoring one goal in two games for Hartford, Kile was once again returned to Maine. Just after the calendar turned to 2019, Kile was once again summoned to the AHL, by the Laval Rocket. He would spend the remainder of the season there. In 33 games for Laval, Kile scored five goals, adding two assists.

“I’m excited to get back to Portland and continue to establish the Mariners as a top team in the league,” said Kile. “We have a culture where none of us are satisfied to be in the ECHL and I believe that helps get the best out of all of us.”

Kile is from Troy, MI and played college hockey for the University of Michigan, captaining the team in his senior season of 2016-17. He played 12 AHL games with the Rochester Americans between the 2016-17 and 17-18 seasons, before being assigned to ECHL Cincinnati. He signed with the Mariners in late June 2018 and totaled 20 points (13 goals, 7 assists) in 22 games, before his long term stint with Laval.

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 ADD FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN CREVIER-MORIN

PORTLAND, ME – July 17, 2019 – The Mariners and free agent defenseman Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin have agreed to a contract, the team announced on Wednesday. Crevier-Morin had spent the first two seasons of his professional career with the Wichita Thunder.

Crevier-Morin (6’2, 200 lbs) is 23-years-old and is a native of Chateauguay, Quebec. Prior to turning pro, he played for four seasons with the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques. For part of one season (2014-15) he was a teammate of goaltender Francois Brassard. Crevier-Morin was very productive offensively in his final two QMJHL seasons, with 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) between his 2015-16 and 16-17 campaigns. He served as Captain in 2016-17 and led the team in penalty minutes (110).

As a rookie for Wichita in 2017-18, Crevier-Morin found the net in his first professional game, scoring the Thunder’s first goal of the season on October 14th, 2017 against Indy. He finished his first ECHL season with two goals and 17 assists in 68 games. This past season, he scored one goal, adding eight assists in 56 games.

“With two years pro under his belt, he will be a big part in our locker room and also on the ice,” said Mariners head coach Riley Armstrong. “He will also help with our penalty kill.”

Although strong at points during the season, the Mariners penalty kill finished 25th out of 27 teams in 2018-19.

Crevier-Morin makes it six Mariners defensemen under contract for 2019-20, joining Josh Couturier, Derek Pratt, Richie Boyd, Garrett Cecere, and Gabriel Sylvestre. To see the full 2019-20 roster so far, click 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.

MARINERS SIGN GABRIEL SYLVESTRE

PORTLAND, ME – July 15, 2019 – The Mariners announced the signing of defenseman Gabriel Sylvestre on Monday. A rookie blue liner from Laval, Quebec, Sylvestre brings extensive QMJHL experience into the fold, as well as size, standing 6’4, 194 pounds.

Sylvestre, 21 years old, has played in the QMJHL for five seasons. At age 15, he began his career in “the Q” with the Shawinigan Cataractes in 2014-15. Suiting up in 56 games, he had a goal and six assists, plus 69 penalty minutes. Sylvestre increased his production over the next three seasons with Shawinigan, registering 13 points in 2015-16 and again in 2016-17. By 2017-18, he was a Captain for the Cataractes, and had already matched a career high in points, when he was traded midseason to the Moncton Wildcats.

The 2017-18 season was Sylvestre’s breakout offensively, as he finished with eight goals and 11 assists in 60 games between the two teams. He had never scored more than one goal in a season, prior. Last season, fully in Moncton, he hit a career high with 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists) in 64 games. Sylvestre is accustomed to postseason play as well, appearing in the playoffs in all five of his QMJHL campaigns.

“Sylvestre is a young D coming out of major junior,” said Mariners head coach Riley Armstrong. “It’s always good to have young players to continue to develop and get ready for the AHL.”

Sylvestre will complete for a spot on an already busy Mariners blue line, which features Josh Couturier, Derek Pratt, Richie Boyd, and Garrett Cecere, all re-signed to contracts and returning for their second seasons in Maine. To see the full 2019-20 roster so far, click 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.