MARINERS ISSUE QUALIFYING OFFERS TO SEVEN PLAYERS

PORTLAND, ME – July 1, 2020 – The Mariners issued qualifying offers to seven players for the June 30th deadline, completing the ECHL rights protection process for 2020-21. The unrestricted free agency period begins today. The six players issued qualifying offers by the Mariners are: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Forward (1): Ryan Ferrill
Defensemen (5): Jonathan Racine, Gabriel Sylvestre, Josh Couturier, Austin McEneny, and Dallas Rossiter
Goaltenders (1): Francois Brassard

Although a qualifying offer is not equal to a signing, it ensures that each player cannot play for another ECHL team in 2020-21, unless their rights are traded. Players who had already signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer.

Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2020-21 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

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 player 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.

Full and half season ticket packages as well as mini plans and flex packs for the 2020-21 season, sponsored by Hannaford To Go, are available by calling 833-GO-MAINE. The Mariners have introduced a new “Birthday Box” for $25 to help celebrate your child’s birthday this summer! The Birthday Box and the latest Mariners merchandise are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

MARINERS RAISE $3700 AND COUNTING FOR COVID-19 RELIEF

PORTLAND, ME – June 30, 2020 – The Maine Mariners announced on Tuesday that they have raised $3700 for local COVID-19 relief efforts, a dollar figure that will continue to be added to. So far, funds have been raised through a pair of exclusive jersey auctions and a t-shirt sale.

“It’s so inspiring to see the Maine community come together during these tough times to support the people and organizations that have been hit the hardest,” said Mariners V.P. of Operations Danny Briere. “We are thrilled to be able to use our platform to give back and will continue to do so in times of hardship but also when times are better again.”

From April 1st through April 24th, the Mariners sold “HOME” t-shirts through the online store for $20 each, net proceeds primarily benefitting the United Way of Greater Portland, but also other local COVID-19 relief efforts. A total of 109 shirts were sold, with a limited amount of additional shirts to become available in the near future.

Between April 20th and May 1st, seven exclusive jerseys with a similar design as the t-shirt, went up for auction though Handbid. Each jersey raised money for a specific organization: Biddeford Schools, Gorham Schools, Gray/New Gloucester Schools, Portland Public Schools, South Portland Schools, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and the United Way of Greater Portland. The winning bidder received a jersey with the corresponding organization name on the back and the #20.

A second round of auction with five additional jerseys ran from June 8-19th. Levey Day School in Portland was a beneficiary while four other jerseys were customized for the winning bidders, with net proceeds distributed to other local organizations.

Both the t-shirt and jersey depicts the word “HOME”, using the outline of the state of Maine and the Mariners logo, which is also the postal abbreviation for the state. Staying at and working from home has been the hallmark of containing the spread COVID-19. The design also serves as a reminder that Maine is our home and that everyone is in this fight together.

The Mariners plan to continue adding to the $3700 raised through the sale of face coverings that will be available for purchase in the coming weeks.

Full and half season ticket packages as well as mini plans and flex packs for the 2020-21 season, sponsored by Hannaford To Go, are available by calling 833-GO-MAINE. The Mariners have introduced a new “Birthday Box” for $25 to help celebrate your child’s birthday this summer! The Birthday Box and the latest Mariners merchandise are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

MARINERS RE-SIGN CUMBERLAND NATIVE TED HART

PORTLAND, ME – June 29, 2020 – Last August, Ted Hart signed his first professional contract with his “hometown” team, hoping to become the first Maine-born player to suit up in a regular season game for the Mariners. Although he didn’t make his ECHL debut until November, the Cumberland native played in 48 of the Mariners’ 62 games in 2019-20, enjoying a productive rookie season. On Monday, the Mariners announced the re-signing of Hart, making him the second player on the 2020-21 roster.

“I’m thrilled to sign on for another year with the Mariners,” said Hart. “I love playing in Portland in front of my family and friends, and I’m always excited to show up to the rink each day to work with the staff and my teammates. I can’t wait for the season to start and I’m looking forward to reaching our first playoff series!”

Hart, 24, initially signed in late August of 2019, but did not make the opening night roster. He signed with the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League, and began the season there. After posting six points in five SPHL games, the Mariners came calling again in early November. On November 9th, 2019, in front of the largest crowd of the season at the Cross Insurance Arena, Hart made his ECHL debut, becoming the first Maine-born Mariner in franchise history. The Mariners defeated Adirondack, 5-1.

After his recall, Hart stuck with the Mariners for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, playing a total of 48 games. He scored his first ECHL goal at Norfolk on November 20th, and totaled 10 goals and eight assists on the season. His goal on March 10th at the Cross Insurance Arena, also against Norfolk, turned out to be the team’s final goal of 2019-20 when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancelation of the season.

“Teddy showed tremendous resilience last season after not making the team out of training camp,” said Riley Armstrong, Mariners Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. “[He] spent a little time in the SPHL and then found himself on the top line with us. His speed and hard work is what separates him. I feel Ted can be a 20 goal guy in the ECHL.”

Ted is the youngest of three brothers in the Hart family who all left hockey legacies at Greely High School as well as Phillips Exteter Academy. The middle Hart brother, Brian also appeared on the Mariners last season, joining the team in January. Ted helped lead Greely to back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013. He went on to play NCAA Division I hockey at Yale University, where he was a two-time ECAC All-Academic recipient, graduating in 2018.

Hart joins fellow forward Dillan Fox on the early 2020-21 roster. Two important ECHL offseason dates take place this week: The Mariners can issue qualifying offers to up to eight players from their season-ending roster tomorrow. Free agency begins on Wednesday.

Full and half season ticket packages as well as mini plans and flex packs for the 2020-21 season, sponsored by Hannaford To Go, are available by calling 833-GO-MAINE. The Mariners have introduced a new “Birthday Box” for $25 to help celebrate your child’s birthday this summer! The Birthday Box and the latest Mariners merchandise are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

DILLAN FOX RETURNS FOR THIRD SEASON

PORTLAND, ME – June 22, 2020 – The Mariners announced their first player signing for 2020-21 on Monday, bringing back forward Dillan Fox for his third season in Maine. Fox had a breakout season in 2019-20, tying for the team lead in goals and reaching the AHL for the first time in his career.

“It’s rare in hockey at this level to be able to be in the same place for a while so to be coming back to Portland is very exciting,” said Fox. “The fans, the city, and the staff have been nothing but great to me as a person and a player. I want to thank Danny [Briere] and Riley [Armstrong] for giving me the opportunity to come back and be a Mariner. I can’t wait to be back in Portland and play some hockey again.”

Fox, who recently turned 29, is a native of Hummelstown, PA. After playing collegiately at the Division III level for SUNY Plattsburgh, he began his pro career in the Southern Professional Hockey League at the end of the 2015-16 season with the Mississippi RiverKings. Fox played another season-and-a-half in Mississippi before getting his first ECHL opportunity with the Reading Royals in 2017-18, which included 10 regular season games and one playoff appearance.

To begin 2018-19, Fox returned to the SPHL, signing with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. After posting 16 points in 24 games, the Mariners signed Fox on January 3rd, 2019. He spent the remainder of the season in Maine, scoring 16 goals while adding 10 assists in 37 ECHL games. Despite playing just over half a season with the Mariners, he managed to finish second on the team in goals. Fox’s success earned him an ECHL contract for 2019-20.

Fox came out of the gates red hot in 2019-20, putting up seven goals and seven assists in his first 10 games. As his success continued through the holidays, Fox was rewarded with his first career AHL opportunity, when he was loaned to the Hartford Wolf Pack on December 28th. Fox appeared in two games for the Wolf Pack before being returned to Maine. In total, Fox posted a career high 40 points in 59 games for the Mariners this past season. His 23 goals tied him with Terrence Wallin for first on the team.

“[Dillan] has established himself as a core player on this team and a fan favorite in Portland,” said Riley Armstrong, Mariners Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. “From being a SPHL player to scoring 20+ goals last season and getting his first AHL call-up is what we look for in the development of our players.”

The Mariners may continue re-signing players from their season-ending roster and can issue qualifying offers to up to eight players on June 30th. Free agency begins on July 1st.

Full and half season ticket packages as well as mini plans and flex packs for the 2020-21 season, sponsored by Hannaford To Go, are available by calling 833-GO-MAINE. The Mariners have introduced a new “Birthday Box” for $25 to help celebrate your child’s birthday this summer! The Birthday Box and the latest Mariners merchandise are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

SEASON REFLECTIONS: MORGAN ADAMS-MOISAN

Q: Overall how do you feel the season went?

A: I think it started off like it did the previous year. We didn’t start off too hot, however, we were building a lot throughout the year and when we had that eight [wins] in ten [games], that’s when things started to click. Our couple wins against Adirondack back to back is when we got a couple points on them. From there, we started building as a team, everybody was chipping in. Another turning point was the road trip to Newfoundland where we got three wins out of four. We had a blast there, having all of the boys together. We bonded a lot there, plus a couple wins cheered us up and we were ready for what was coming next.

Q: What was your favorite moment during this season?

A: I’d say Newfoundland because that was our rookie party and since I was not there for rookie party last year on [Maine or Laval], I had to be part of it. It was a great time over there. It was really nice. There is a restaurant there that I really enjoy and it’s only in Canada. It’s called “The Keg”. I went there with [Zach Tolkinen] and it was really fun. We had a scavenger hunt where we had to find the dog that is on the logo of the [Newfoundland Growlers]. There was a great view of the ocean and the mountains, so I would say those two things there are really nice attractions. I did get “screeched” and I actually hung my Newfoundland Screeched official paper in my room, and I’ve still got it and I am real proud of it to be honest.

Q: What was your favorite promotional night?

A: I’d go with the Miracle [jerseys] because let’s be honest, those jerseys were really amazing. They were the top jerseys that we have worn in the last two years. They did a great job with them. The movie tribute was really sick too. That night was the best one throughout the year.

Q: Which of your teammates were you most impressed with?

A: I’d got with [Dillan Fox] and Ted Hart. Foxy came out of the gates from day one and contributed. Ted got cut as one of the last guys [in training camp]. When he came back with us, he contributed on offense and also defense. He played with a lot of different players throughout the year. He showed that he has his place on the team. So, I would say that these two guys were the guys that really showed up.

Q: Did you meet any personal goals? If yes, what were they?

A: My first part of the year was not how I wanted, obviously. I wasn’t getting many points and I waserased from the game for a bit, but I am way happier with the second part of the season. After Christmas I started putting up points and started contributing to the team’s success more. For the first

part it was tough but after that it was alright. I actually think I need to fight [Yanick Turcotte] every year, and maybe I will do it first game, because it was the same thing the year before. I fought him and after that, my season went upwards. From that, it clicked and made me realize what I have to do to help the team. When I did my job of being physical and doing what I had to do, I was able to get points and help out the team, so I would say that was another turning point this year.

Q: Is there anything that you want to say to the fan base?

A: Yeah, of course! Thanks again for the major support that the people of Portland gave us, because even if it was a weeknight or weekend, or winning or losing, the fans were always there and always cheering for us. They’re our seventh player on the ice all the time and we are really lucky to have them! Be safe out there with all that is happening. I will see you guys next year, and I am really looking forward to seeing you guys!

MARINERS ANNOUNCE SEASON-ENDING ROSTER

PORTLAND, ME – June 16, 2020 – The Maine Mariners released their season-ending roster for 2019-20 on Tuesday, protecting the rights of 17 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 qualifying offers.

Here is the Mariners 2019-20 season-ending roster:

FORWARDS (9): Conner Bleackley, Ryan Ferrill, Dillan Fox, Brian Hart, Ted Hart, Alex Kile, Nick Master, Michael McNicholas, Mikael Robidoux

DEFENSEMEN (7): Josh Couturier, Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin, Nathaniel Kallen, Austin McEneny, Jonathan Racine, Dallas Rossiter, Gabriel Sylvestre

GOALTENDERS (1): Francois Brassard

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 2020-21 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 Tuesday, June 16th, teams can sign players on their season-ending rosters to standard player contracts for 2020-21. Up to eight players can receive qualifying offers by June 30th. Free agency begins on July 1st.

Full and half season ticket packages as well as mini plans and flex packs for the 2020-21 season, sponsored by Hannaford To Go, are available by calling 833-GO-MAINE. The Mariners are auctioning off five additional exclusive “HOME” jerseys through Handbid to benefit COVID-19 relief: one for Levey Day School and four others that will include a personalized name plate for each winner. The Mariners have also partnered with Evergreen Credit Union, the Portland Sea Dogs, and the Maine Red Claws to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank through a virtual food drive at Fans4Food.com.

SEASON REFLECTIONS: MARC-OLIVIER CREVIER-MORIN

Q: Overall how do you feel the season went?

A: I think we had a good season in general. We were getting real tight as a group there at the end, we were putting up some wins, and we were in a playoff spot. I think we would have made a good run in the playoffs because we have such a tight knit group. For my personal season, it was okay. The injury kind of ruined it a little bit. It took me a few months to adjust to the North Division compared to the Mountain Division, but I really enjoyed it.

Q: What was your favorite moment during this season?

A: I might sound like every other guy, but it’s the trip to Newfoundland, even though I got injured. It was so fun, to be a part of what they did and to come back after the first game. We had our rookie party, and I think that’s what got our group close together, so that was a really fun moment. We have a routine. It was always fun to get to the rink every day. We sit in the room and sometimes just [joke around] for 20-30 minutes after practice with everybody. It wasn’t like one special moment, it was just things that we would do. Once a week everybody would sit in the room and we would just throw the ball around. It was fun!

Q: What was your favorite promotional night?

A: I really liked the Miracle jerseys. I didn’t play that game, unfortunately. I thought those were really nice. I also liked the Make-a-Wish jerseys. It was really fun, they’re all fun and sometimes a little extra, but if it’s for a good foundation, it’s even more fun to play in.

Q: Which of your teammates were you most impressed with?

A: I have to say Ryan Culkin, because of how consistent he is every night and can play 35 minutes and just wants to be back out there for another 35. You look at him and he’s just a slim, normal guy, but puts so many minutes in, and is always going so hard. He’s very good and a great player to play with.

Q: Did you meet any personal goals? If yes, what were they?

A: The only thing that I’m looking for is that I don’t want to get scored on when I am on the ice. I was a +13, so that is something that I’m really proud of. I take a lot of pride in that as well. I just try to help that team as much as I can. I was also happy to score four goals this year, but what I am most proud of is not getting scored on and finishing with the highest plus-minus on the team.

Q: Is there anything that you want to say to the fan base?

A: We say it all the time! We really enjoy everything that they do, all they do for us, the support. The last part of the year, I was doing the autograph sessions and the fans were really genuine. They talk to us and support us. The city of Portland is amazing, and everybody loved it. It’s a really fun place to play!

SEASON REFLECTIONS: CONNER BLEACKLEY

Q: Overall how do you feel the season went?

A: It was good, it was exciting! I was very excited to see what we could do going into playoffs. I think we were one game above .500% and then went about 13-4-3, or something like that. I think we were playing real well up until the stoppage and everybody was looking forward to making the playoffs and seeing what we could do.

Q: What was your favorite moment during this season?

A: For sure, Newfoundland, winning three times in a row and coming together as a group and having some fun. If you ask anybody, that was probably their highlight. It was awesome. Honestly, I remember thinking after they beat us (to set the home winning streak record), how they played, I was like “Oh boy, I hope they all don’t go like this”. When something like that happens, where they took it to us, and Riley kind of let us know about it after. It can go one of two ways, you can band together, like we did, or things can go south. Knowing that we beat them three in a row, it would have been nice to stop the record, but winning those three out of four, we would have taken it anyway we can, whether they broke the record or not. It was pretty special. For me and everybody else, I’m not sure how many times the other guys have been to Newfoundland, but it in itself is quite the experience and to be able to do it together was awesome, obviously with George Street, stuff like that, and taking care of business on the ice. Being able to have some fun off the ice was pretty special.

Q: What was your favorite promotional night?

A: [The Miracle jerseys.] Those jerseys were cool! From watching the movie is what was the coolest. Being in the United States for the last four years, I feel like part of it is my home. Now if Canada plays USA, it’s a different story. I also wore the [Throwback] jerseys. Those were nice, I liked those.

Q: Which of your teammates were you most impressed with?

A: I was impressed with a lot of them, to be honest with you. I was impressed with the skill of the Eastern Conference compare to what I was used to in the West. More of a bruising, bigger lineup, not as much offense, not much puck movement, just a more physical style game [out West]. So, when I went [to Maine], it was refreshing. I think of guys like Terrence Wallin and Dillan Fox, getting their start in the SPHL and making their way all the way up to the AHL. Those two are very good players from the East Coast League. I was impressed with those them up front, just to name a few. Ryan Culkin was very good, same with Sean Day. We were a good team for sure.

Q: Is there anything that you want to say to the fan base?

A: We appreciate your support this season and we wish we could have given you a long playoff run, but everybody is excited to come back next year and build off of what we did this year.

MARINERS ANNOUNCE 2020 PROTECTED LIST

PORTLAND, ME – June 2, 2020 – The Maine Mariners released their 2020 Protected List on Tuesday, containing 20 names of players of whom the Mariners retain ECHL rights. The Protected List is the first phase in a three step process of protecting players’ rights, followed by submitting a season ending roster and finally, issuing qualifying offers. The Protected List is as follows:

FORWARDS (11): Conner Bleackley, Ryan Ferrill, Dillan Fox, Brian Hart, Ted Hart, Corey Kalk, Alex Kile, Nick Master, Michael McNicholas, Mikael Robidoux, Terrence Wallin

DEFENSEMEN (8): Josh Couturier, Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin, Nathaniel Kallen, Austin McEneny, Matt Nuttle, Jonathan Racine, Dallas Rossiter, Gabriel Sylvestre

GOALTENDERS (1): Francois Brassard

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2019-20 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2019-20, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2019-20 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 12 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2019-20.

Full and half season ticket packages as well as mini plans and flex packs for the 2020-21 season, sponsored by Hannaford To Go, are available by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Registration is open for the Aroma Joe’s “Read with ME” program, allowing kids in grades K-8 to earn Mariners and Aroma Joe’s prizes for accumulating reading hours. The latest Mariners merchandise is available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop. The Mariners have also partnered with Evergreen Credit Union, the Portland Sea Dogs, and the Maine Red Claws to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank through a virtual food drive for COVID-19 relief at Fans4Food.com.