MARINERS ‘COMMUNITY COLLECTION’ PROGRAM RETURNS

PORTLAND, ME – October 21, 2021 – The Maine Mariners “Community Collection” program will return for the 2021-22 season. Originally launched in 2019-20, the Community Collection program allows the Mariners to use each home game as an opportunity to collect items for those in need in the Portland community and beyond.

The Mariners will collect items for four different charities this season: Good Shepherd Food Bank, Marine Toys for Tots, the Holden Police Department, and Preble Street. Each Community Collection segment will rotate over the course of the season based on the following schedule:

-October/November home games: Non-perishable food items (Good Shepherd Food Bank)
-December/January home games: Toys and stuffed animals (Toys For Tots & Holden Police Department)
-February/March/April home games: New toiletries/personal hygiene items (Preble Street)

“The Maine Mariners are not only an entertaining night out, but we also pride ourselves on being a vehicle for the community to help those in need,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations. “The collections of food, toys and toiletries this season will not only bring a little happiness to their lives, but also much-needed food and supplies.”

All four organizations will also be involved with specific game nights throughout the season: A Thanksgiving food drive (presented by News Center Maine) with Good Shepherd Food Bank on November 14th, Teddy Bear Toss with Toys For Tots and Holden Police Department on December 4th, and Underwear Toss with Preble Street on January 30th.

Fans can drop items at all Mariners home games, based on the above seasonal schedule, in the Trusted Choice Box Office area of the Cross Insurance Arena. There will be a table with collection boxes set up just outside the security gates. For every five food items, three toys or stuffed animals, or three toiletry items donated, fans can receive a ticket voucher to a Wednesday Mariners game by visiting the promotions port inside the gates after making their donation.

Due to an overwhelming showing of generosity by Mariners fans, the 2019-20 Community Collection program was a great success. Over 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected for the South Portland Food Cupboard in the fall of 2019, followed by over 2,000 pairs of underwear and nearly 600 pairs of socks for Preble Street that winter. Over 150 books were also donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine in the spring of 2020.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on October 22nd, with the home opener against the Worcester Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

JUSTIN BRAZEAU ASSIGNED TO MAINE, COMPLETING SEASON OPENING ROSTER

PORTLAND, ME – October 21, 2021 – Forward Justin Brazeau was assigned to the Mariners on Wednesday from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins. A former 100-point scorer in the Ontario Hockey League, Mariners fans may remember Brazeau from his time with the Newfoundland Growlers in 2019-20.

Brazeau, 23, hails from New Liskeard, ON and weights in at 6’6, 225 pounds. A star in the OHL, he played four seasons for the North Bay Batallion, where he increased his point total exponentially each year. In the 2018-19 season, he finished second in the league with 113 points in 68 games, including a league-best 61 goals. That season, he was also captain of the Batallion.

Brazeau also put up a 75-point campaign for North Bay the season prior.

Turning pro in 2019-20, Brazeau signed a two-year deal with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. He played just one game for the Marlies and spent the remainder of the season with their ECHL affiliates and Mariners division rival, the Newfoundland Growlers. Brazeau led the Growlers with 27 goals, and was second on the team in points, with 55 in 57 games. He was named to the ECHL All-Rookie team.

Last season, Brazeau appears in 21 games for the Marlies, scoring four goals and adding one assist. In late August, he signed with Providence.

The Mariners season opening roster is now complete, consisting of 14 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders. Click here to view the roster.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on October 22nd, with the home opener against the Worcester Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS SPLIT PRESEASON SERIES WITH WORCESTER

WORCESTER, MA – October 16, 2021 – The Maine Mariners and Worcester Railers split a pair of preseason contests this weekend, with the visiting team claiming both victories. The Railers claimed a 5-3 victory on Friday night at The Colisee in Lewiston, ME, while the Mariners rebounded for a 3-1 victory at the Worcester Ice Center on Saturday night.

On Friday, the Worcester offense was led Ross Olsson, Nolan Vesey, and Drew Callin, who each had two points. Olsson led the way with two goals, including the game-winner at 10:28 of the third period, breaking a 3-3 tie. Brent Beaudoin sealed the victory with an empty net goal. The Mariners got a single goal in each period from newcomer forwards Devon Paliani, Brendan Robbins (a University of Maine alumnus), and Mathew Santos. They battled back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game on Santos’ goal early in the third. Defenseman Brycen Martin contributed a pair of assists in his return to the Mariners, after playing on the inaugural roster of 2018-19.

Callum Booth played the entire game in goal for the Mariners and made 30 saves on 34 shots. Booth is one of two Maine netminders under contract with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. The Railers split the net between Justin Kapelmaster and Corbin Kaczperski. Kapelmaster stopped 16 of 17, allowing only the Paliani goal, while Kaczperski went 19/21 to finish the game.

In the rematch on Saturday in Worcester, it was the University of Maine alumni stealing the show for the Mariners. Trailing 1-0 in the 2nd period, Robbins deflected home a shot from defenseman Marc-Olivier Duquette to tie the game. Less than three minutes later, Eduards Tralmaks, just assigned from Providence camp, put the Mariners ahead with a wrister between the circles. Defenseman Jason Horvath picked up assists on both goals. The Mariners locked it down in the third period and Santos added an empty net goal in the game’s final seconds. Both Zach Bouthillier (16/17) and Sean Bonar (17/17) put up strong performances in goal, splitting the game for the Mariners. Drew Callin scored the only goal for the Railers against Bouthillier in the first period.

The Mariners and Railers will meet again next weekend to open the regular season: Friday in Portland at 7:15 PM and Saturday in Worcester at 7:35 PM.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on Friday, October 22nd, with the home opener against the Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

UMAINE ALUM TRALMAKS ASSIGNED TO MARINERS CAMP

PORTLAND, ME – October 15, 2021 – The Mariners added two players to their training camp roster on Friday morning, as forward Eduards Tralmaks and defenseman Michael Kim arrived from Providence Bruins camp.

Tralmaks, 24, is under contract with Providence and played under Ben Guite at the University of Maine from 2017-2021, as Guite was Associate Head Coach of the Black Bears. He appeared in eight games for the P-Bruins at the end of the 2020-21 season, scoring two goals and adding two assists.

As a freshman at Maine during the 2017-18 season, Tralmaks put up 25 points in 37 games and was named to the Hockey East All-Academic team. He had another standout season as a junior in 2019-20, when he finished third on the team with 30 points in 34 games.

Tralmaks is from Riga, Latvia and has represented his country in international competition since the 2014-15 season. He played junior hockey in the Eastern Hockey League for the Boston Jr. Bandits and the United States Hockey League with the Chicago Steel. During his season with the Steel, Tralmaks was a big part of their Clark Cup championship team, as he posted 12 points in 14 playoff games.

Defenseman Michael Kim also joined the Mariners from Providence camp. The Mariners signed Kim to an ECHL contract last week. You can read that press release here.

Additionally, the Mariners added defenseman Felix-Olivier Chouinard to the training camp roster on a tryout.

The Mariners play a pair of preseason games this weekend against the Worcester Railers, starting tonight at The Colisee in Lewiston at 7:00 PM. Admission is $2 cash at the door. The Mariners travel to Worcester on Saturday for a 6:00 PM faceoff. A radio broadcast of both games will be available at MarinersOfMaine.com/listen.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on October 22nd, with the home opener against the Worcester Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

Cumberland County Announces COVID-19 Protocols for Cross Insurance Arena

The following is a press release from the Government of Cumberland County, Maine:

PORTLAND — Cumberland County has announced new screening and hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at events held at the Cross Insurance Arena.

The new rules align the Arena with state and local recommendations, as well as guidance from the Federal CDC regarding protection against spreading COVID-19 in contained spaces. Effective October 22, attendees of events at the arena age 12 and over will need to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19, or a recent negative test taken within 72 hours of the event. Mask wearing is strongly recommended inside the Arena.

Attendees who are too young to be vaccinated must wear a mask while attending events inside the Arena.

The new protocols will remain in place until further notice, but are likely to change based on the severity of the pandemic in Cumberland County and as vaccination becomes available for more age groups.

TODD ANGILLY, JACK EDWARDS TO APPEAR AT MARINERS GAMES

PORTLAND, ME – October 14, 2021 – Two prominent members of the Boston Bruins family will be making appearances at Maine Mariners games to kick off the 2021-22 season, the Mariners’ first as a Bruins affiliate. Anthem signer Todd Angilly and TV play-by-play voice Jack Edwards will be visiting the Mariners games on October 22nd and 29th, respectively.

Todd Angilly will ring in the first Mariners game as a Bruins affiliate, by performing the National Anthem at the home opener on October 22nd. Angilly became the Bruins official anthem singer in the 2019-20 season, following the legendary Rene Rancourt, a Maine native. Angilly earned the job through an audition process in the 2018-19 season, in which he ended up being the choice for the Bruins playoff run. He has performed for all five Boston professional sports teams and has a background in opera singing. The puck drops at 7:15 PM on October 22nd as the Mariners host the Worcester Railers. Angilly will also drop the puck, sign autographs, and be available to take photos with fans.

Bruins TV voice Jack Edwards will appear during the second game of the season on Friday, October 29th, as the Mariners take on the Trois-Rivieres Lions at 7:15 PM. Edwards will also drop the puck, emcee the mite hockey game at the first intermission, and join Mariners broadcaster Michael Keeley on the radio and FloSports broadcast. Edwards has been calling Bruins games on NESN since the 2005-06 season, working alongside former Bruin and AHL Maine Mariner player Andy Brickley. He’s also previously broadcast hockey and other sports nationally for ESPN.

The Mariners play a total of three home games in October, finishing up the month with the “Sunday Scaries,” a Halloween afternoon affair against the Reading Royals at 3:00 PM. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

POSTGAME FAMILY SKATES ADD EXTRA FUN TO MARINERS GAMES

PORTLAND, ME – October 14, 2021 – The Maine Mariners will hold five postgame “family skates” this coming season, allowing fans to take the ice after they enjoy a game. These events are spread out over the course of the season and add an extra element of fun to an outing at a Mariners game.

“Postgame skates are always such a fun and popular promotion,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations. “I enjoy seeing the kids that are just learning to skate make their way around the rink as they figure out their new hobby and the adults who are reminded of their childhood.”

Kicking off the slate is a special postgame skate for military families following the Mariners “Military Appreciation” game on November 12th against the Trois-Rivieres Lions at 7:15 PM. This skate will be limited to families of military members only.

The second postgame skate of the season comes on “Kids Club Day,” a Wednesday matinee during holiday break, December 29th. Game time is 3:00 PM against the Worcester Railers. It is open to everyone.

The final three postgame skate events are also open to everyone: Saturday, January 22nd, Saturday, February 19th, and Sunday, March 27th. The Saturday games begin at 6:00 PM with Sunday puck drop at 3:00 PM. The full list of postgame skate dates is below:

Date Game Time Opponent Promotion
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021* 7:15 PM Trois-Rivieres Lions Military Appreciation
Weds, Dec. 29, 2021 3:00 PM Worcester Railers Kids Club Day
Sat, Jan. 22, 2022 6:00 PM Orlando Solar Bears TBA
Sat, Feb. 19, 2022 6:00 PM Trois-Rivieres Lions Throwback/90s Night
Sun, Mar. 27, 2022 3:00 PM Newfoundland Growlers TBA

*Open to military families only

Fans who wish to participate in postgame skates must bring their own skates and check them in at the promotions port upon passing through the security gates. All fans must also sign a waiver and must be checked in by puck drop in order to reserve a spot in the postgame skate.

Each postgame skate event will begin shortly after the Mariners game ends and will last approximately one hour.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on October 22nd, with the home opener against the Worcester Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MAINE MARINERS ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

PORTLAND, ME – October 11, 2021 – Training camp for the 2021-22 Maine Mariners season, presented by Hannaford To Go, kicked off on Monday, and the full roster was officially released. The initial camp roster, listed below, is made up of 23 players: 13 forwards, six defenseman, and four goaltenders.

FORWARDS (13):
Cam Askew (ECHL)
Conner Bleackley (ECHL)
Mathieu Cloutier (ECHL)
Jonathan Desbiens (ECHL)
Keltie Jeri-Leon (ECHL)
Alex Kile (ECHL)
Pascal Laberge (ECHL)
Devon Paliani (ECHL)
Brendan Robbins (Tryout)
Andrew Romano (ECHL)
Mathew Santos (ECHL)
Matt Thomson (Tryout)
Lewis Zerter-Gossage (ECHL)

DEFENSEMEN (6):
Connor Doherty (ECHL)
Marc-Olivier Duquette (ECHL)
Jason Horvath (ECHL)
Nate Kallen (ECHL)
Brycen Martin (ECHL)
Brendan St. Louis (ECHL)

GOALTENDERS (4):
Sean Bonar (Tryout)
Callum Booth (AHL)
Zachary Bouthillier (ECHL)
Jeremy Brodeur (AHL)

Additional players may continue to join the roster from NHL and AHL camps.

After a day of off-ice testing, the Mariners will hit the ice at the Cross Insurance Arena starting on Tuesday. Practices are not open to the public, although media may be granted access by arranging appointments on an individual basis. The Mariners will play two preseason games next weekend, serving as host on Friday, October 15th against the Worcester Railers at The Colisee in Lewiston. Game time is 7:00 PM and admission is $2 cash at the door. The Mariners will visit Worcester for a 6:00 PM faceoff at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center on Saturday. Both preseason games will be broadcast via audio stream at MarinersofMaine.com/listen and the Mixlr App.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on October 22nd, with the home opener against the Worcester Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS ADD DEFENSEMAN MICHAEL KIM

PORTLAND, ME – October 8, 2021 – The Mariners have agreed to a contract with defenseman Michael Kim, the team announced on Friday. Kim enters his third full season in pro hockey, playing last season for the Jacksonville Icemen.

A native of Toronto, ON, Kim has New England connections already. From 2011 to 2014, he played prep hockey at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, MA. He would remain in Massachusetts for five more seasons, playing for the Boston Jr. Bruins (USPHL Premier) and then at Boston College.

While at Boston College, Kim led all Eagles defensemen in scoring as a junior and a senior. He was also the team captain during the 2017-18 campaign. Over four collegiate seasons, Kim scored 14 goals and added 48 assists in 140 games. While at B.C., he played alongside former Mariners defenseman Scott Savage.

Kim’s first professional contract came with the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in 2019. After playing two games for the Pens at the end of the 2018-19 season, he skated in 21 games the following year. That season, he also got his first taste of the ECHL, playing 20 games with the Wheeling Nailers. He scored his first pro goal with the Nailers, adding eight assists. In 23 career games with Wilkes-Barre Scranton, Kim had 3 assists.

With the pandemic cancelling the seasons of many teams in 2020-21, Kim signed with the Jacksonville Icemen. He suited up in 70 of their 72 regular season games and had a very productive season, scoring three goals and adding 19 assists.

Kim appeared in the Providence Bruins preseason game on Wednesday against Hartford, along with fellow Mariners signees Lewis Zerter-Gossage, Jonathan Desbiens, Keltie Jeri-Leon, Pascal LaBerge, and Conner Doherty.

The Mariners will reveal their full training camp roster on Monday, as camp gets underway.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on October 22nd, with the home opener against the Worcester Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.