MARINERS ADD FORWARD JOSH MCKECHNEY

PORTLAND, ME – September 28, 2022 – The Mariners announced a free agent signing on Wednesday, bringing in forward Josh McKechney. The Canadian-born forward wrapped up his college career at Colgate University last season and had a short stint in the ECHL with the Atlanta Gladiators.

McKechney was born in Calgary, Alberta and is 25 years old. He spent five seasons at Colgate from 2017-2022, breaking out in his final season. In 40 games, he scored 14 goals (2nd on the team) and added 13 assists. He finished fourth on Raiders in scoring overall. McKechney’s previous season, which was shortened, was similarly productive, 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 22 games. He also wore an “A” for Colgate in 2020-21 and was named to the ECAC First All-Star Team. In 173 career college games, he totaled 33 goals and 46 assists.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to join the Maine Mariners this year,” said McKechney. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the organization, so being able to represent the team is a huge honor. I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone and brining a Kelly Cup back to Portland!”

Prior to college, McKechney was a standout performer for the Brooks Bandits of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. Playing alongside current Colorado Avalanche star Cale Makar, the McKechney and the Bandits won back-to-back AJHL championships in 2016 and 2017. In the 2016-17 season, he averaged over a point per game in both the regular season (67 points in 60 games) and playoffs (23 points in 13 games).

The Mariners 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions at 6 PM. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the Ware-Butler Box Office at 207-775-3458. Full and half season packages plus 12-game plans and 10-ticket flex plans for the 2022-23 season are available by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Prospective package holders can also put down a deposit or fill out an inquiry form at MarinersOfMaine.com.

PESKI BACK TO PORTLAND

PORTLAND, ME – September 23, 2022 – Defenseman Andrew Peski has signed with the Mariners, the team announced on Friday. Peski returns to Maine after spending much of last season there while under contract with the Providence Bruins.

The 25-year-old blueliner enters his third year as a pro, all of which have been spent in the Bruins organization. He spent most of the 2020-21 season in the ECHL with the Jacksonville Icemen, getting in six games for Providence. Last season, he played 44 of his 53 games in Maine, plus the entire postseason. For the Mariners, Peski had four goals and 12 assists, and one additional playoff assist.

Peski scored a memorable goal in the second to last game of the regular season against the Newfoundland Growlers. With the Mariners trailing the Growlers 1-0 late in the third, Peski tossed in a shot from the point to tie the game up with just over five minutes to go. Maine would go on to win 2-1 in overtime on their way to securing a playoff spot the following night.

“I’m really excited to be heading back to Maine this year,” said Peski. “Last year was a very memorable one, especially around playoffs. It was amazing seeing the whole team and city come together down the stretch. That is something we’re going for again this year.”

Peski is a native of Ottawa, ON and attended the University of North Dakota from 2016-20. He also played in the United States Hockey League, where he won a Clark Cup with the Tri-City Storm and spent two prior seasons in the Central Canada Hockey League with the Brockville Braves.

The list of Mariners players announced to the 2022-23 roster so far can be viewed here.

The Mariners 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions at 6 PM. Full and half season packages plus 12-game plans and 10-ticket flex plans for the 2022-23 season are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Prospective package holders can also put down a deposit or fill out an inquiry form at MarinersOfMaine.com. Single game tickets will go on sale September 27th at 10 AM ET.

MARINERS REPRESENTED AT BOSTON BRUINS CAMP

PORTLAND, ME – September 21, 2022 – The Boston Bruins announced their 2022 Training Camp Roster on Tuesday, featuring even Maine Mariners connections. Four forwards, one defenseman, and two goaltenders on the roster have all seen action with the Mariners in their careers, as Maine enters its second season as the Bruins ECHL affiliate.

Listed in the forward group are Justin Brazeau, Eduards Tralmaks, Alex-Olivier Voyer, and J.D. Greenway. Brazeau began the 2021-22 season in Maine and was named the Mariners representative to the 2022 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic. After recording 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 18 games with Maine, he was recalled to the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins on December 9th, where he would spend the remainder of the season.

Tralmaks and Voyer played sparingly with the Mariners, but each had a major impact. Tralmaks, a University of Maine alumnus, registered a memorable hat trick on opening night against Worcester on October 22nd, while Voyer repeated the feat on November 24th in his only game with the Mariners. Tralmaks also played in that game and registered four more points – totaling seven points in two games with Maine. Both players spent the majority of the 2021-22 season with Providence.

Greenway, another UMaine alumnus, split the 2021-22 season between Maine and Providence, and played 26 games for the Mariners, plus two playoff contests. He was used as a defenseman and registered five assists. Late in the season, Providence began to utilize Greenway as a forward, a position he played in the recent Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, alongside Keltie Jeri-Leon. The Bruins have listed Greenway as a forward on their Training Camp roster.

Defenseman Victor Berglund and goaltenders Francois Brassard and Kyle Keyser are also on the roster. Berglund, who was a 2017 draft pick of the Bruins, saw three games with the Mariners last November. He scored one goal and added three assists before being called back up to Providence and finishing the season there. Brassard played with the Mariners in 2018-19 and 2019-20, primarily serving as the backup netminder. Between those two seasons, he appeared in 20 games with a record of 7-10-1. Last season, he had a spectacular year with the Jacksonville Icemen, posting a 2.19 GAA and a .911 SV%, winning the ECHL’s Nick Vitucci Goaltender of the Year Award. He also saw three games in the AHL with Hartford. Brassard signed a contract with Providence this summer. Kyle Keyser had a very brief stint in Maine last season, playing in one game on January 21st against Orlando.

The full roster for Boston Bruins training camp, which began today, can be viewed here.

The Mariners 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions at 6 PM. Full and half season packages plus 12-game plans and 10-ticket flex plans for the 2022-23 season are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Prospective package holders can also put down a deposit or fill out an inquiry form at MarinersOfMaine.com. Single game tickets will go on sale next Tuesday, September 27th at 10 AM ET.

FALMOUTH NATIVE ALDEN WELLER SIGNS WITH MARINERS

PORTLAND, ME – September 21, 2022 – A local product is joining the Maine Mariners blue line for the 2022-23 season. On Wednesday, the Mariners announced the signing of defenseman Alden Weller, a Falmouth native.

Weller, 26, was a rookie last season, playing 52 games for the Rapid City Rush. He scored two goals, chipped in seven assists, and had 22 penalty minutes.

Not only was he born in Maine, Weller also played his college hockey in the state, with the University of New England. Weller captained the 2020-21 team in his senior season and played a total of 79 games for the Nor’easters in his four-year collegiate career. He finished with a total of three goals and 18 assists.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Mariners organization and play in front of my hometown,” said Weller. “With such a passionate fan base, I can’t wait to get the season started.”

Prior to college, Weller played for Falmouth High School and the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts, as well as the Valley Jr. Warriors of the Eastern Hockey League and the USPHL Premier’s Springfield Jr. Pics.

To date, the only two Maine-born players to suit up for the Mariners are the Hart brothers: Forwards Ted and Brian, of Cumberland. Forwards Trevor Fleurent, of Biddeford and Ben Freeman, of Falmouth, both signed with the Mariners in past seasons, but neither played in a regular season game. Goaltender Jon Gillies, who played one game for the Mariners last season, grew up in South Portland, but was born in New Hampshire.

The Mariners 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions at 6 PM. Full and half season packages plus 12-game plans and 10-ticket flex plans for the 2022-23 season are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Prospective package holders can also put down a deposit or fill out an inquiry form at MarinersOfMaine.com. Single game tickets will go on sale September 27th at 10 AM ET.

MAINE MARINERS SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 27

PORTLAND, ME – September 20, 2022 – Single game tickets for all 36 Maine Mainers home games in 2022-23 will go on sale next Tuesday, September 27th at 10 AM ET. The 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, with the home schedule beginning on October 22nd against the Trois-Rivieres Lions. Kids tickets, not including fees, start at $12.

Fans can save money on adult tickets by purchasing in advance of game day, up until 11:59 PM the night before. In addition, a $2 discount (excluding ice row seats) will be offered both in advance and on game day to all military members, seniors, or students with I.D at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena. More information on individual ticket prices can be found here.

The Ware-Butler Box Office has regular hours Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM, and through the end of the second period on M-F game days. The Ware-Butler Box Office opens at 1 PM for Saturday game days and noon for Sunday games, also closing at the end of the second period.

Family Four Packs will once again be available for all Saturday and Sunday games. The Family Four Pack includes four center section tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four “chuck-a-puck” pucks. More information on how to purchase Family Four Packs will be available soon.

Fans can avoid Ticketmaster and arena fees by purchasing a ticket package, which is also the best way to secure their most desired seats. Full, half season, and 12-game ticket packages are available, as well as 10-ticket flex plans (ten vouchers for use at any game in any quantity). In addition, groups of ten or more are eligible for group discounts to all games. To purchase a ticket page or group tickets, fans can contact the Mariners directly at 833-GO-MAINE or fill out an inquiry form at MarinersOfMaine.com.

The Mariners 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions at 6 PM.

REID STEFANSON RETURNS TO MAINE

PORTLAND, ME – September 16, 2022 – The Mariners have re-signed forward Reid Stefanson, the team announced on Friday. Joining the Mariners out of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell last April, Stefanson was a key piece to the Mariners playoff run.

A 25-year-old forward from Winnipeg, MB, Stefanson signed with the Mariners on April 1st, 2022 after finishing his collegiate career at UMass-Lowell. He scored goals in two of his first three professional games, getting the first one on April 3rd at Adirondack, before finding the net again on April 6th at Worcester. Playing the final nine games of the 2021-22 Mariners regular season, he tacked on a pair of assists to his two goals.

Stefanson was also a factor in the postseason. He played in all six playoff games against the Reading Royals, and scored arguably the biggest goal of the series from a Mariners perspective. On April 29th at the Cross Insurance Arena, with Maine trailing the series two games to none and down 4-3 in the third period, Stefanson scored a clutch goal to tie it at four. The Mariners went on to win the game 5-4 and followed it up with a 4-0 win the following night to tie the series. He also had an assist in Game 3.

At Lowell, Stefanson totaled 63 career points (22 goals, 41 assists) in 103 games, bookending his career with 20 point campaigns as a freshman and a senior. He served as an alternate captain last season before joining the Mariners. For his junior hockey, Stefanson played both in Canada and the United States. He played two seasons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, followed by one each in the North American Hockey League and the United States Hockey League.

Stefanson is the 15th player announced to the 2022-23 Mariners roster, which can be viewed here.

“It’s nice knowing there will be a lot of familiar faces in the locker room,” said Stefanson. “It was great to experience the type of atmosphere Maine has to offer at the end of the season and into playoffs. The wait this summer was longer than we had hoped, so I can’t wait to get back to playing games and feeling the electricity in the building again.”

The Mariners 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions at 6 PM. Full and half season packages plus 12-game plans and 10-ticket flex plans for the 2022-23 season are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Prospective package holders can also put down a deposit or fill out an inquiry form at MarinersOfMaine.com. Single game tickets will go on sale September 27th at 10 AM ET.

MARINERS BRING BACK LEADING SCORER SANTOS

PORTLAND, ME – September 14, 2022 – The Mariners have re-signed forward Mathew Santos to a contract for the 2022-23 season, the team announced on Wednesday. Santos led the Mariners in points and goals in 2021-22 and was responsible for several key moments in the Mariners run to the playoffs.

Santos, a 27-year-old forward from Etobicoke, Ontario, signed with the Mariners last summer after having played on and off over the prior four seasons. He did not play at all in 2017-18, and after two years at Ryerson University (USports), missed the 2020-21 season as well due to the pandemic.

Last season was his breakout campaign, as he posted a team-leading 59 points and 26 goals in 53 games. Both marks also represented Mariners single-season records. While he was a consistent point producer all season, Santos took his game to another level in the second half of 2021-22. Forty-six of his 59 points and 20 of his 26 goals came between December 29th and the end of the season.

Santos cemented himself into Mariners lore with three consecutive heroic performances in the final homestand of the season. On April 13th against Reading, he scored a pivotal shorthanded goal that boosted the Mariners over the Royals in a must-win game. Then, during the final weekend against Newfoundland on April 15th and 16th, he scored an overtime winner and shootout clinching goal on back-to-back nights to get the Mariners into the playoffs. Santos continued his success in the postseason, posting six points in six games, tied for the team lead. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 3 against Reading, which was the first home playoff game in team history. Santos was named the team’s “Most Valuable Player.”

“I’m super excited to be back with Maine,” said Santos. “I really enjoyed my last season here in Portland and I’m looking forward to doing something special this year as well. We have a great core of guys returning and some good additions for this season. I just can’t wait to be back playing for such amazing fans and giving my all to this team!”

During the 2021-22 season, Santos was loaned to the American Hockey League twice, seeing stints with the Springfield Thunderbirds and the Laval Rocket. He made his ECHL debut back in the 2016-17 season, playing 49 games for the Toledo Walleye. Prior to that, he played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the North Bay Battalion.

The Mariners 2022-23 roster now contains 14 names. Click here to view current roster.

The Mariners 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions. Full and half season packages plus 12-game plans and 10-ticket flex plans for the 2022-23 season are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Prospective package holders can also put down a deposit or fill out an inquiry form at MarinersOfMaine.com. Single game tickets will go on sale September 27th at 10 AM ET.

MARINERS DEAL ROBBINS TO IOWA

PORTLAND, ME – September 13, 2022 – The Maine Mariners and Iowa Heartlanders announced a trade on Tuesday, as forward Brendan Robbins was dealt from Maine to Iowa in exchange for future considerations.

Robbins, a University of Maine alumnus, played 54 games for the Mariners last season, accumulating 20 points. He also has previous ECHL experience with the Kansas City Mavericks. The 27-year-old New Hampshire native has also played in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

The Heartlanders will owe the Mariners a player later this season to complete the trade.

The Mariners 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions. Full and half season packages plus 12-game plans and 10-ticket flex plans for the 2022-23 season are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Prospective package holders can also put down a deposit or fill out an inquiry form at MarinersOfMaine.com. Single game tickets will go on sale September 27th at 10 AM ET.

LEWIS ZERTER-GOSSAGE RETURNS TO MAINE

PORTLAND, ME – September 9, 2022 – The Mariners announced the signing of another returning forward on Friday, as Lewis Zerter-Gossage will play his third season in Maine. Last season, Zerter-Gossage made his mark by scoring five goals in a game on November 12th, 2021.

While he has bounced around since finishing college in 2019, Zerter-Gossage has continued to find his way back to Maine. He first appeared in a Mariners uniform at the beginning of the 2019-20 season, while under contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Maine’s American Hockey League affiliate at the time. That season, he saw 13 games in Maine, scoring one goal and adding five assists. He also played in 25 games for the Wolf Pack and was ultimately traded to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in February of 2020. He finished out the remainder of that season with the Reading Royals.

For the 2020-21 season, Zerter-Gossage went to Europe to play in Germany for Blue Devils Weiden. He put up 6 points in 11 games there, signing with the Mariners the following summer. He got off to a blazing start in 2021-22, culminated by his five-goal, six-point game against the Trois-Rivieres Lions, an 8-7 Mariners overtime loss. Both marks set Mariners team records. His big performance caught the eye of the AHL’s Tucscon Roadrunners, who took Zerter-Gossage on a loan a few days later and held onto him until February when he was returned to Maine.

Zerter-Gossage, 27, battled through injuries the remainder of the season, but played in all six playoff games for the Mariners. He finished the 2021-22 season with 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 17 regular season games with Maine, plus two assists in eight games for Tucson. He had one postseason assist for the Mariners.

“I’m very excited to be back with the Mariners,” said Zerter-Gossage. “As a group, we’ve learned from last season and are ready for more success this year. I can’t wait to do my part.”

Before turning pro, Zerter-Gossage was Captain at Harvard University, where he played from 2015-2019. The Montreal, QC native played one season in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Penticton Vees in 2014-15, where he helped lead them to a championship.

The Mariners 2022-23 roster now contains 14 names. Click here to view current roster.

The Mariners 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions. Full and half season packages plus 12-game plans and 10-ticket flex plans for the 2022-23 season are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Prospective package holders can also put down a deposit or fill out an inquiry form at MarinersOfMaine.com. Single game tickets will go on sale September 27th at 10 AM ET.