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.

MARINERS VIRTUAL 5K TO RAISE MONEY FOR UNITED WAY

PORTLAND, ME – September 22, 2020 – The Mariners, in partnership with the United Way of Greater Portland, are hosting a virtual 5K event that will be known as the “Ners 5K.” The event will be open to Mariners fans worldwide, who will be able to register online and participate anywhere during the first week of November.

The term “Ners,” is short for “Mariners,” and is a self-proclaimed nickname from some of the Mariners players. Conveniently, it’s also found in the word “runners,” which is the operative term for 5K events. A 5K run encompasses 3.1 miles.

“The beginning of the fall season usually means two things; hockey is starting soon and it’s time to sign up for local road races,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners V.P. of Business Operations. “Unfortunately, this year is different, but that doesn’t mean we need to abandon all things that bring the community together. Our virtual 5K gives everyone the chance to get some fresh air, exercise and an exclusive Mariners t-shirt. Not only will participants feel better after getting in a sweat, but they can also feel good knowing they are making a donation to the United Way as well.”

Registration cost is $25, with $3 of each registration benefitting the United Way of Greater Portland. Runners can register at the Mariners online team store, and must complete a separate item for each individual registering. Registration will run through October 31st, with the run itself taking place from November 1st through November 8th.

Registered runners will receive an exclusive event t-shirt and Mariners sticker and can participate in a number of social media competitions surrounding the run, including “biggest fan,” “best costume,” and “coach’s choice.” The Mariners are encouraging participants to post photos and updates on social media, using the hashtag #Ners5K. Only those who use the hashtag and post photos between November 1st and 8th will be eligible to win prizes.

“We appreciate the generosity of the Maine Mariners and their virtual 5k runners,” said Liz Cotter Schlax, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Portland. “Proceeds will support our early learning efforts that give kids in Greater Portland a strong start.”

For over 90 years, United Way of Greater Portland’s mission has been to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.  Today, UWGP unites individuals and organizations around our community’s shared vision, Thrive2027, three 10-year goals to improve education, financial stability, and health for every person in Greater Portland. With community partners, UWGP builds on strategies that are known to achieve the best results, and rigorously evaluates progress toward those goals. Everyone has a role to play in the recovery, rebuilding, and reimagining of a thriving community; UWGP actively seeks to engage donors, advocates, and volunteers to create measurable, long-lasting community change.

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.

FERRILL RETURNS FOR THIRD SEASON

PORTLAND, ME – September 21, 2020 – The Mariners announced the signing of forward Ryan Ferrill on Monday, bringing him back for a third season, Ferrill was one of seven Mariners players issued a qualifying offer on June 30th.

In the Mariners inaugural season of 2018-19, Ferrill led all skaters in games played, suiting up in 68 of the 72. He had 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) plus 69 penalty minutes. After re-signing last summer, he saw somewhat of a diminished role in 2019-20, playing in 38 games. Ferrill scored two goals with six assists and 22 penalty minutes last season.

“I am extremely excited to return to the Maine for year three with the Mariners,” said Ferrill. “I look forward to building upon our success least season to deliver Portland some playoff hockey in 2021.”

Ferrill, 27, is a native of Havertown, PA. He grew up playing in the Philadelphia area for the Jr. Flyers and Team Comcast. He went on to join the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, before returning home to play for the Philadelphia Flyers Elite in the USPHL Premier League in his last season of juniors.

After junior hockey, the 6’3, 215 pound forward headed back to New England to play Division I college hockey, attending the College of the Hockey Cross in Worcester, MA. He would play at least 31 games in each of his four collegiate seasons.

“Ryan has shown loyalty to the Mariners since joining the team two years ago,” said Riley Armstrong, Mariners Head Coach & Assistant General Manager. “He can play up and down the lineup at any given time. He is a true pro and very well liked in the locker room.”

Ferrill is the twelfth announced Mariners player signing for 2020-21, and the ninth 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 this summer! The Birthday Box and the latest Mariners merchandise, including face coverings are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

MARINERS REVEAL NEW THIRD JERSEY

PORTLAND, ME – September 21, 2020 – Today on News Center Maine’s “Morning Report,” the Mariners revealed a new third jersey that will debut during the 2020-21 season. While the blue and white jerseys will remain as the primary uniforms, these green jerseys will serve as an alternate look.

The new third jersey’s primary color is green, with the familiar navy blue and white color scheme scattered throughout. The shoulders are blue, while a blue and white stripe pattern appear on the arms and along the bottom of the torso. The logo on the center of the jersey is the shape of the state of Maine with the familiar “ship’s wheel” in the middle, a nod to the original AHL Mariners logo. The same patch appears on the left shoulder of each of the existing jerseys. The patch that appears on the right shoulder of the blue and white jerseys – a green replica of the original AHL Mariners logo (letter M with the ship’s wheel), will appear on both shoulders of the new third jersey. An additional unique aspect of the new third jerseys is a lace-up neck style.

“This new sweater is a great addition to our uniform rotation,” said Danny Briere, Mariners Vice President of Operations. “The green look is unique and eye-catching, and captures all the elements of our established color scheme as well as an ode to the original Mariners, which means so much to Maine’s hockey history.”

A video of second-year Mariners forward and Cumberland native, Ted Hart modeling the jersey can be seen here.

The Mariners plan on wearing the new uniforms during Sunday afternoon home games at the Cross Insurance Arena. A 2020-21 schedule has not yet been released, but the ECHL’s tentative start date for the season is December 4th.

Fans can purchase these jerseys immediately, on sale at the official online merchandise store. The jersey is available for purchase in authentic ($189) or replica ($109), plus tax.

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.

MARINERS BRING IN ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN RYAN JACKSON

PORTLAND, ME – September 14, 2020 – The Mariners have added a defenseman to the 2020-21 roster, announcing the signing of rookie Ryan Jackson, out of Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY). Jackson served as captain for the Valiants in 2019-20 and also has a Maine connection, playing formerly for the Portland Jr. Pirates of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL).

Manhattanville is a Division III program, which competes primarily in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC). Jackson played for four years with the Valiants, wearing a letter in each of his seasons as an upperclassman, and sporting the “C” in 2019-20. A self-described “two-way defenseman,” Jackson had his moments of offensive production, putting up double figure point totals in his sophomore and senior seasons. He finished his collegiate career with 45 points (13 goals, 32 assists) in 104 games. Jackson was a two time UCHC All-Academic Team selection as a junior and a season. He was also named Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18.

“I’m always looking for DIII players that have developed over their college careers that might have been overlooked by DI teams,” said Riley Armstrong, Mariners Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. “I feel the way Ryan skates and how well he defends, he will be a good pro. Being a right shot defenseman also always helps the cause. I have met Ryan over the summer and I’m excited to see what he brings to the table once training camp starts.”

Jackson, a native of Montreal, QC, is already familiar with Portland, having played in the Jr. Pirates USPHL program during the 2014-15 season. He played 44 games for the Premier squad and two games at the Elite level.

“The coolest part about it was that our home arena was the Pirates practice facility,” said Jackson, referring to the former MHG Ice Center in Saco. “It was kind of cool to experience what the pro atmosphere was like so I got a taste of that at an early age but it will definitely be cool finally being able to play at the Cross Insurance Arena.”

Jackson went on to spend his final season of junior hockey in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) with the Hawkesbury Hawks in 2015-16, before joining Manhattanville.

At the end of Manhattanville’s 2019-20 season, Jackson signed with the Fayetteville Marksmen of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), and appeared in five games. Ryan is the son of former longtime NHL referee Dave Jackson.

Ryan Jackson is the eleventh announced Mariners player signing for 2020-21, and the third 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.