DRIVE THROUGH TEDDY BEAR TOSS & HOLIDAY EVENT: DECEMBER 5

PORTLAND, ME – November 23, 2020 – The Maine Mariners and Cross Insurance Arena, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and the South Portland Professional Firefighters, will host a drive through Teddy Bear Toss holiday event outside of the Cross Insurance Arena on December 5th. The Mariners announced a month-long stuffed animal drive last week, in place of the annual on-ice “Toss.”

Fans will be able to drive down Center Street (on the Northeast side of the arena) via Free Street between 9 AM and 12 PM on December 5th, and “toss” their stuffed animal donations into bins and fire vehicles, provided by the South Portland Fire Department. Donations will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and the South Portland Holiday Toy Drive. All stuffed animals must be new and with tags attached.

Santa Claus will be making an appearance, collecting letters from young fans. The Mariners will provide a printable template at MarinersOfMaine.com. Beacon the Puffin will also be present, greeting fans from a distance, while holiday music fills the air. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase Mariners Holiday Packs and receive them in-hand.

The event will take place on Center Street, a right turn off of Free Street, just past the Mariners front office and ends on the corner of Center and Spring Street, near the Cross Insurance Entrance

Alternatively, fans can drop off stuffed animal donations at the Mariners front office on 94 Free Street in Portland, Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 4 PM through December 18th, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Teddy bears can also be purchased and donated through the Mariners merchandise store for $10, with the option of bundling an end section ticket voucher for a 2021-22 game for $20.

Traditionally, the “Teddy Bear Toss” is a holiday staple across minor league hockey, with fans encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the home team’s first goal. On December 7th, 2019, Mariners fans tossed 1,523 bears as forward Jake Elmer scored the goal just 2:15 into the game against Adirondack. Proceeds benefitted local fire departments.

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine has provided youth development programs for children ages 6-18. Their Clubhouses are safe places to learn, have fun, and develop skills and interests that last a lifetime. The Clubs serve nearly 3,000 members each year at five Clubhouses throughout Southern Maine. For more information visit bgcmaine.org

The Mariners, along with the entire ECHL North Division, have opted out of the 2020-21 season, and will return to play for the 2021-22 season. Mariners Holiday Packs are now on sale, with three tiers available to fit all gift-giving budgets and early bird pricing running throughout the month of November. Holiday Packs, brand new third jerseys, and all of the latest Mariners merchandise, including face coverings are available for purchase through the online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

ECHL NORTH DIVISION ELECTS SUSPENSION OF PLAY, MARINERS ISSUE STATEMENT

PORTLAND, ME – November 18, 2020 – In light of COVID-19’s continued impact across the North East region, the ECHL announced Wednesday that each of the six teams in the North Division – Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Maine Mariners, Newfoundland Growlers, Reading Royals and Worcester Railers – will be suspending the 2020-2021 ECHL season under the league’s policy for COVID-19. All teams are set to return in the 2021-2022 ECHL season.

“As we continue to navigate the continually changing regulations across North America, we recognize the difficult nature of this decision,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “While some of our teams’ host cities have allowed upcoming plans to include fans inside arenas, we unfortunately do not see the same path for these highly-affected areas in the North East.”

As announced today, the six ECHL teams in the North Division, including the Maine Mariners, have elected a suspension of play for the 2020-2021 ECHL Season under the League’s policy for COVID-19. The Mariners will return to play in the 2021-2022 ECHL Season.

“We are saddened to have had to make this decision with our fellow division teams,” said VP of Operations for the Maine Mariners, Danny Briere.

“With the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, the increasing rates in our region, and after consulting with local officials, we did not see a clear path toward hosting fans at Mariners games. We want to thank our fans for their passion and loyalty as we continue to navigate returning to the ice. The future for this franchise is bright, and we are already making exciting plans for the 2021-22 season.”

Under the terms of the ECHL/PHPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, all players from the Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Maine Mariners, Newfoundland Growlers, Reading Royals and Worcester Railers are free agents for the 2020-21 season immediately.

MARINERS TO HOLD MODIFIED TEDDY BEAR TOSS

PORTLAND, ME – November 16, 2020 – While the annual “Teddy Bear Toss” will take on a different look this year, the Mariners will continue holding the tradition of the fan-favorite toy drive in 2020-21. Beginning today through December 18th, the Mariners will accept stuffed animal donations to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. Fans will also still get the opportunity to “toss” their bears on December 5th.

“We’re happy to be partnering with the Maine Mariners on this initiative for our members,” said Karen MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. “We’re looking forward to sending the teddy bears and stuffed animals home with our kids this year.”

Traditionally, the “Teddy Bear Toss” is a holiday staple across minor league hockey, with fans encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the home team’s first goal. Last season, Mariners fans tossed 1,523 bears on December 7th, 2019, as forward Jake Elmer scored the goal just 2:15 into the game. Proceeds benefitted local fire and police stations.

“Being able to bring some joy for kids that need the bears more than we do, makes me feel a lot of pride,” said Elmer. “Being able to score the goal and celebrate with the team and fans is something really special in hockey. I love the Teddy Bear Game.”

While there will be no “Teddy Bear Game,” this season, fans will have the opportunity to “toss” their bears, in a drive through event outside the Cross Insurance Arena on Saturday, December 5th. The South Portland Professional Firefighters will be on hand to help collect for the South Portland Holiday Toy Drive – the secondary beneficiary of the Teddy Bear Toss. Fans will be able to toss their stuffed animal donations into bins. The event will take place on the Spring Street side of the arena from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Fans can also drop off stuffed animal donations at the Mariners front office on 94 Free Street in Portland, starting today. Donations will be accepted between 9 AM and 4 PM Monday through Thursday, until December 18th, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Alternatively, fans who wish to purchase a teddy bear to be donated, can do so through the Mariners merchandise store for $10, with the option of bundling an end section ticket voucher (redeemable in 2020-21 or 2021-22) for $20.

For all donation methods, only new stuffed animals containing tags will be accepted.

“The Teddy Bear Toss is one of the best minor league hockey traditions,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations. “It is fun to throw them on the ice, but even more importantly, it can brighten the holiday season for many underprivileged youth in the area. That is why we couldn’t skip the Toss this season. Please consider donating a new stuffed toy and I promise to give you the opportunity to throw something else on the ice in the future.”

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine has provided youth development programs for children ages 6-18. Their Clubhouses are safe places to learn, have fun, and develop skills and interests that last a lifetime. The Clubs serve nearly 3,000 members each year at five Clubhouses throughout Southern Maine. For more information visit bgcmaine.org

The Mariners are aiming to begin a 62-game season on January 15th, pending jurisdictional approval. The 2020-21 season is sponsored by Hannaford To Go. Mariners Holiday Packs are now on sale, with three tiers available to fit all gift-giving budgets and early bird pricing running throughout the month of November. Holiday Packs, brand new third jerseys, and all of the latest Mariners merchandise, including face coverings are available for purchase through the online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

MARINERS LAUNCH 2020 HOLIDAY PACKS

PORTLAND, ME – November 9, 2020 – The Mariners announced today that three tiers of holiday packs are now on sale for the 2020 gift-giving season. All tickets included in holiday packs are redeemable for either the 2020-21 season (tentatively scheduled for a January 15th start) or the 2021-22 season. Early bird pricing for all packs is in effect throughout the month of November.

The top-tier “Blizzard Pack” includes a Mariners holiday puck, specialty winter beanie hat, six center section ticket vouchers, a $25 credit to the Mariners merchandise store, and a Mariners neck gaiter.

The second tier is the “Flurry Pack,” which includes a puck, beanie, four center section ticket vouchers, and a neck gaiter.

Finally, the “Snowflake Pack,” includes a puck, two end section ticket vouchers, and a Mariners face mask.

Starting December 1st, pricing will revert to regular rates. Holiday packs will remain on sale until January 4th, 2021. Below is a breakdown of price levels and values for each tier:

Blizzard Pack
Early Bird: $115
Regular Price: $125
Value: $201
Flurry Pack
Early Bird: $65
Regular Price: $75
Value: $132
Snowflake Pack
Early Bird: $25
Regular Price: $35
Value: $57

Sales of Mariners holiday packs will take place exclusively online at the Mariners merchandise store. All holiday packs will be mailed until further notice.

“Just like every holiday since March, the winter holidays will be different this year,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations. “Even if you aren’t able to see your friends and family in person, Mariners Holiday Packs are a good way to let them know you are thinking of them… and hockey.”

The Mariners are aiming to begin a 62-game season on January 15th, pending jurisdictional approval. 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 latest Mariners merchandise, including a new third jersey and face coverings are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

SCOTT SAVAGE RETURNS TO MAINE

PORTLAND, ME – October 19, 2020 – The Mariners have signed defenseman Scott Savage to a contract for 2020-21, the team announced on Monday. Savage has been a part of each of the first two Mariners seasons, serving as an alternate captain. Last season, he was under contract with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.

“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Maine for the upcoming season,” said Savage. “We are returning a big part of our core from last season that was on the verge of something special. We are all hungry to get into the playoffs and make a run for the Kelly Cup.”

Savage, 25, is a native of San Clemente, California. He signed with the Mariners as a free agent prior to the franchise’s inaugural season of 2018-19. Savage was named an alternate captain in October of 2018. He scored three goals, adding 11 assists in 23 games for the Mariners, before being loaned to, and ultimately signed by the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. Savage played in 19 games for the Admirals in the second half of 2018-19, before suffering a season-ending lower body injury.

The Admirals re-signed Savage for 2019-20, but he spent the majority of his time in Maine. In 27 games for the Mariners, Savage registered eight assists. He also played in two games for Milwaukee. It was another injury-plagued season for the two-way defenseman, who had just returned to the Mariners lineup before the pandemic canceled the season.

Prior to his pro career, Savage was a part of the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons, before going on to play for Boston College from 2013-17. After a big senior campaign in which he posted 29 points (5 goals, 24 assists), Savage signed his first pro deal with the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL in the spring of 2017. He began the following season the Monsters, but after 16 games was assigned down to the ECHL’s Jacksonville IceMen, where he spent the majority of 2017-18.

“COVID-19 might have been the best thing for Scott,” said Riley Armstrong, Mariners Head Coach & Assistant General Manager. “After coming off an injury to end the 18-19 season, he was finally finding his game when the lockdown happened. Scott is a true pro and using this time off, he is making sure he is back to playing form when he first signed in Maine. Scott is such a big piece not only to our D but to the team. He is a leader in room, plays big minutes and I personally think he is too good for the ECHL.”

Savage is the fifteenth announced Mariners player signing for 2020-21, and the fifth defenseman. Click here to view the current roster in full.

The Mariners are scheduled to begin a 62-game season on January 15th, upon jurisdictional approval. 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 hosting a virtual 5K event, the “Ners 5K” from November 1-8, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the United Way of Greater Portland. Fans can register through the end of October. The latest Mariners merchandise, including a new third jersey and face coverings are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

MARINERS SEEK NOMINEES FOR SECOND ANNUAL CAPTAIN JOEL BARNES COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

PORTLAND, ME – October 13, 2020 – The Maine Mariners are now accepting nominations for the second annual “Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award.” The award was created last fall and presented on the one year anniversary of the tragic death of local fire captain Joel Barnes, of Berwick. Hampden firefighter Matthew St. Pierre was named the first recipient of the award last March.

Captain Joel Barnes (1987-2019)

On March 1st, 2019, Berwick Fire Captain Joel Barnes was fatally injured fighting a fire on the third floor of an apartment building. Barnes, who was 32 years old, heroically saved another firefighter’s life in the process. A public memorial service was held one week after his death at the Cross Insurance Arena, with over 7,000 people attending. Barnes had served with the Berwick Fire Department for two years and was the Training Officer for the Department.

In the fall of 2020, the Mariners, Teamsters Local 340 and the Berwick Firefighters Association partnered to create the “Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award.” The award sought to recognize an individual who embodies the spirit and dedication of Captain Barnes.

The finalists for last season’s award were Kevin Leavitt (Richmond Fire Department), David Petruccelli (Portland Fire Department), and Matthew St. Pierre (Hampden Fire Department). St. Pierre was chosen as the winner and presented with the award on March 1st, 2020, before a Mariners home game against the South Carolina Stingrays.

Matthew St. Pierre (right) was named the first recipient of the Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award on March 1st, 2020

Lieutenant Joe Carroll of the Westbrook Fire Department, who was on the committee tasked with choosing a winner said the following about the pick of St. Pierre:

“All of the candidates were very deserving of this award which made the process very challenging. In the end the committee made a strong connection with the nomination of [St. Pierre]. His ongoing efforts and dedication to the community through public education and training made him a natural fit for the award and truly embodied that of Captain Barnes.”

St. Pierre will be a part of the committee that will choose the 2021 award recipient.

In order to meet the criteria for nomination, the individual must be a fire or EMS responder in the state of Maine, have at least three years of experience and be either active or recently retired (within the last three years), demonstrate outstanding professionalism and service to their community, and a commitment to promoting life safety education. Nominations for the 2021 Joe Barnes Community Service Award can be submitted at MarinersOfMaine.com/award, with a submission deadline of December 31st, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET.

“The Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award is a great way to continue sharing the legacy of Joel Barnes and the sacrifice he made, as well as recognize local first responders that never get the recognition they all deserve,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations. “It was special to receive nominations for so many brave, humble and compassionate people last year and I look forward to recognizing more in the years to come.”

The Mariners are scheduled to begin a 62-game season on January 15th, upon jurisdictional approval. 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 hosting a virtual 5K event, the “Ners 5K” from November 1-8, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the United Way of Greater Portland. Fans can register through the end of October. The latest Mariners merchandise, including a new third jersey and face coverings are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

ECHL CONFIRMS START DATE FOR 2020-21 SEASON

PORTLAND, ME – The ECHL, in conjunction with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, announced today that the 2020-21 Season will commence on December 11, 2020 under a split-season format.

Under the split-season guidelines, the following teams will begin a 72-game season on December 11 – Allen, Florida, Greenville, Indy, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Orlando, Rapid City, South Carolina, Tulsa, Utah, Wheeling and Wichita.

Additionally, remaining ECHL teams, including the Mariners and the rest of the North division will begin their season on January 15, 2021, competing in a 62-game season upon jurisdictional approval.

“Due to the current indoor capacity restrictions in the state of Maine, as well as similar challenges faced by each of our divisional opponents, we concluded a January 15 start was the most realistic possibility,” said Danny Briere, Mariners Vice President of Operations.

The Atlanta Gladiators have elected a Voluntary Suspension for the 2020-21 Season due to COVID-19 restrictions, returning to play in the 2021-22 Season. All Atlanta Gladiators Players are immediately Free Agents for the 2020-21 Season.

“The ECHL is excited to be able to confirm the beginning of the 2020-21 Season by working with our local health officials and the PHPA to develop protocols for the safe return of our Players, fans, and employees,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin.  “The ECHL is getting back to hockey, as we all work together to bring live entertainment back to our communities.”

“Our ECHL Members have been looking forward to getting back on the ice since March 16, and providing the fans with exciting hockey in a safe environment,” said PHPA Executive Director Larry Landon. “I would like to thank Ryan Crelin, the ECHL Board of Governors and the commitment from our Return to Play Committee including Jake Flegel, Josh Holmstrom, Steven Kaunisto, Justin Taylor and Riley Weselowski.”

The ECHL regular season will conclude on June 6, 2021. A schedule for games from December 11, 2020 – January 14, 2021 will be announced in the near future.

Under this split-season scenario, League standings will be based on winning percentage during the regular season. The post-season format will be based on the eligible competing teams in the regular season and will be announced at a later date.

For Mariners season ticket holders that have paid in full for a 36-game schedule, an account executive will be reaching out to discuss options. The Mariners are hosting a virtual 5K event, the “Ners 5K” from November 1-8, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the United Way of Greater Portland. Fans can register through the end of October. The latest Mariners merchandise, including a new third jersey and face coverings are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

MARINERS RE-SIGN DEFENSEMAN DALLAS ROSSITER

PORTLAND, ME – October 5, 2020 – The Maine Mariners have signed defenseman Dallas Rossiter to a contract for the 2020-21 season. Rossiter was in training camp with the Mariners in 2019-20, and played eight games with Maine over the final month of the season. He was one of six players issued a qualifying offer on June 30th.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to play for the Mariners again,” said Rossiter. “I really enjoyed my time in Portland last season and being a part of such a great organization.”

Rossiter is 25 years old and was born in Surrey, British Colombia. He played his junior hockey in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the Yorkton Terriers. Rossiter was on back-to-back SJHL champion teams in Yorkton in 2013 and 2014. His final season of juniors (2013-14) was the most productive of his career, as he scored three goals and added 16 assists, with 120 penalty minutes in 56 games. On top of the SJHL title, Rossiter and the Terriers also captured the RBC Cup that season.

From 2015-19, Rossiter played at Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. He was invited to Mariners camp last fall, but did not initially make the roster and played the majority of 2019-20 in the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. Rossiter had three assists and 44 penalty minutes in 31 games for Roanoke.

In need of a defenseman, the Mariners brought Rossiter back in mid-February. He played in eight consecutive games from February 18th through March 6th. He was scratched in the final two games prior to the cancellation of the season. Rossiter did not register a point but accumulated nine penalty minutes, including a fight on March 1st against South Carolina.

“Dallas saw limited ice time last season but we felt he was developing at a good pace,” said Riley Armstrong, Mariners Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. “After coming in for camp and then spending some time in the SPHL, Dallas provided us some much needed help at important times in the middle of the season. We’re looking for Dallas to bring more confidence with the puck and work on his feet coming into his second season.”

Rossiter is the fourteenth announced Mariners player signing for 2020-21, and the fourth defenseman. Click here to view the current roster in full.

The anticipated start date for the 2020-21 ECHL season is December 4th. 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, including face coverings are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

MIKAEL ROBIDOUX RETURNS

PORTLAND, ME – September 28, 2020 – The Maine Mariners announced the re-signing of rookie forward Mikael Robidoux on Monday. Robidoux appeared in just 11 games for the Mariners last season, but made a notable impact with his physical style of play.

“I’m super excited to be back in Portland for next season, said Robidoux. “I can’t wait to get things started. I learned a lot [last year] from the older guys about pro hockey as a 20 year old. They were all like big brothers to me.”

One of the youngest players in the ECHL, Robidoux joined the Mariners three months before his 21st birthday, and debuted on January 10th, 2020 against the Newfoundland Growlers. It was in his third game that he began earning a reputation when he was a major factor in a 3-2 Mariners home win over the Worcester Railers. Robidoux drew the Railers into several key penalties that allowed the Mariners to pull off a comeback win.

Robidoux quickly became known for his physical play, and racked up a total of 80 penalty minutes in his 11 games played. He engaged in three fights – one in each of his final three games against Newfoundland, Reading, and Norfolk, respectively. Robidoux is still seeking his first professional point.

“Robi brings something a lot of team don’t have in this new era of the game,” said Riley Armstrong, Mariners Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. “He finishes every check, works hard and gets under the other team’s skin. Robi needs to work on picking his spots better and controlling his energy and emotion. I would rather have Robi playing for us then against us.”

Prior to turning pro, Robidoux played five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. For the first four, he was a member of the Quebec Remparts. In December of 2018, the La Prarie, Quebec native was traded to the Shawinigan Cataractes, where he finished 2018-19 and spent the first half of 2019-20, before joining the Mariners. In 203 career QMJHL games, Robidoux scored 27 goals, had 26 assists, and accumulated 316 penalty minutes.

Robidoux is the thirteenth announced Mariners player signing for 2020-21, and the tenth forward. Click here to view the current roster in full.

The anticipated start date for the 2020-21 ECHL season is December 4th. 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! The Birthday Box and the latest Mariners merchandise, including face coverings and brand new third jerseys are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.