MARINERS BRING BACK CAMMARATA

PORTLAND, ME – July 12, 2019 – Taylor Cammarata played for three different ECHL teams in 2018-19, but ultimately found a home in Maine. On Friday, the Mariners announced the re-signing of their inaugural season’s leading scorer.

A second year pro from Plymouth, MN, Cammarata spent time in Norfolk, Wichita, and Maine in 2018-19. The speedy forward was traded twice – from the Admirals to the Thunder on January 25th, and then to the Mariners on February 19th, in a deal that saw Jason Salvaggio head to Wichita. In a total of 73 games between the three teams, Cammarata put up 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists) to lead all Mariners scorers.

In Maine alone, Cammarata had 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 21 games. He finished the season red hot, scoring seven goals in his last five games, sparked by a hat trick against Adirondack on March 31st. He ended the year on a five game point streak as well as a three game goal streak.

Cammarata’s professional career began in 2017-18 when he played for the South Carolina Stingrays. He finished the season with 30 points in 42 games and was an ECHL All-Star, winning MVP of the 2018 All-Star Classic. An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, Cammarata racked up the accolades in junior hockey as well, including being named “USA Hockey Player of the Year” and “USHL Player of the Year” in 2012-13, when he registered 93 points in in 59 games for the Waterloo Black Hawks. He was the USHL’s Rookie of the Year the season prior.

Now 24-years-old, Cammarata was chosen in the 3rd round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, pick #76 overall.

“I’m very excited about being back in Portland,” said Cammarata. “I really enjoyed finishing out the season there last year, getting a small taste of a great organization and community. I look forward to bringing my offensive playmaking ability to help the team this season.”

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

GARRETT CECERE RETURNS TO MARINERS

PORTLAND, ME – July 10, 2019 – The Mariners announced another re-signing on Wednesday, bringing back defenseman Garrett Cecere. One of four players to spend the entirety of the 2018-19 season in Maine, Cecere becomes the fourth Mariners defenseman to re-sign, along with Josh Couturier, Derek Pratt and Rich Boyd.

As a rookie, Cecere skated in 49 games for the Mariners in 2018-19, scoring one goal and adding six assists. The goal came in his second professional game on October 19th at home against the Reading Royals. In the same game, fellow rookie defenseman Derek Pratt also scored his first pro goal Although he was in and out of the lineup, Cecere joined Brycen Martin, Ryan Ferrill, and Dwyer Tschantz as the only four players to spend the entire 2018-19 season on the Mariners roster.

“I can’t wait to be back in Portland this season,” said Cecere. “Last season was a great stepping stone for myself and our team and I’m excited to be part of a solid core to help get the Mariners into the playoffs.”

The 24-year-old defenseman played two seasons for Northeastern University (Boston, MA), where he had 11 assists in 72 career games. In his senior season, Cecere was an alternate captain and finished third on the team in blocked shots, with 54. Prior to Northeastern, Cecere was at Colorado College, returning to junior hockey in the midst of his sophomore season.

Cecere was a part of three USHL organizations (Sioux Falls, Tri City, and Dubuque), as well as the Janesville Jets of the NAHL. He’s originally from West Des Moines, IA, and played for the storied Shattuck St. Mary’s Program in Minnesota prior to his junior career.

Cecere’s older brother Nick (also a defenseman), had a brief ECHL career, playing 12 games for the Alaska Aces (the former Mariners membership) in 2015-16.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS ANNOUNCE 2019-20 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE

PORTLAND, ME – July 10, 2019 – The Mariners have released their promotional schedule for 2019-20, their second ECHL season. The Mariners have added several new and exciting promotions in addition to returning favorites from the inaugural season. Click here to view the promotional schedule web page.

Returning for the 2019-20 season is the “Family Four Pack,” this season available for Sunday home games in addition to all Saturdays. More details on the Family Four Pack, which must be purchased in advance of game day, will be released in the near future.

There are two postgame “Skate with the Team” events (November 2 and March 1). November 11 and February 1 each feature a postgame autograph session and a Kids Club only session follows on February 9. To sign your child up for Beacon’s Kids Club, which is open to fans ages 2-12 and includes other great benefits, click here.

Themes that were featured in the inaugural season and are returning for 2019-20 include Military Appreciation presented by Martin’s Point (November 9 and 11), Hockey Fights Cancer (November 16), Teddy Bear Toss presented by Holiday Inn By The Bay (December 7), EqualityMaine Pride Night (February 8), Throwback Night (March 6), Beacon’s Birthday Bash (March 14), Country Night (March 27) and Fan Appreciation presented by Redbank Village (March 29).

The Mariners released their giveaway schedule on June 28th. Eight giveaways including two kids-only giveaways are on the schedule.

The Mariners will wear six specialty jerseys in 2019-20, with more details coming later in the summer.

Highlights of new theme nights for 2019-20 include:
-New England Sports Night on October 25
-Witchcraft and Wizardry Night on November 30
-STEM Day on December 27
-Underwear Toss on February 9
-Miracle Night on February 23
-Reading Night on March 1

There are two “Threekends” on the schedule for 2019-20 (weekends with three consecutive home games): January 10-12 and February 7-9. The first series is “Winning Threekend,” which will feature prize giveaways throughout, following by “Giving Threekend,” with the spirit of generosity. Each “Threekend” is sponsored by Three Dollar Deweys.

All season long, the Mariners will collect donations at each home game as part of a new “Community Collection” initiative. In the months of October and November, they are asking for non-perishable food donations. In December and January; unused socks and underwear, and in February and March; books.

Further details and promotions will be released throughout the summer, and all are subject to change or cancellation.

The season kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

JAKE ROGERS NAMED HEAD EQUIPMENT MANAGER

PORTLAND, ME – July 9, 2019 – The Mariners have announced that Jake Rogers has been named head equipment manager for the 2019-20 season. Rogers has been involved with Portland professional hockey since 2009 and served as assistant equipment manager under Riepe last season.

“What excites me most about this opportunity is being able to be back working in the game of hockey,” Rogers said. “When I left the sport in 2013, you never know if you’ll ever get a chance to work in sports ever again.”

Rogers, 27, has a long history of involvement with Portland’s professional sports teams. He was originally a bat boy and clubhouse attendant for the Portland Sea Dogs between the years of 2008-2010. He became involved with Portland pro hockey when he served as a locker room attendant for the Portland Pirates in the 2009-10 season. The following season he was promoted to Assistant Equipment Manager. He accepted a job with Binghamton Senators (AHL) for the 2011-12 season, but had to return to Portland to tend to his ill father. He rejoined the Pirates, but eventually had to leave hockey altogether, until the Mariners came to town last season.

“This last season with Mark [Riepe], and the rest of the Mariners staff was about all you could hope for, for someone trying to get back into doing something they love,” Rogers said. “From what started out as a volunteer role, I was lucky enough for Mark to bring me on as his assistant, and he was able to get me back up to speed on everything I had of course learned over my first six seasons doing it. Without a doubt he got me ready to be comfortable enough to take this position for the 2019-2020 season.”

“If you work hard and show that you love what you do it makes it easy to hire from within the organization,” said Mariners head coach Riley Armstrong. “Jake did that all season for us. I’m happy that Jake is back into the fold doing what he loves and would like to welcome Jake and his wife Kayla to the Mariner family.”

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS RE-SIGN RYAN FERRILL

PORTLAND, ME – July 8, 2019 – The Mariners have re-signed forward Ryan Ferrill, the team announced on Monday. Ferrill last season was the leader in games played in a Mariners uniform, and enjoyed a solid rookie year, with 20 points in 68 games.

A 26-year-old native of Havertown, PA, Ferrill grew up playing in the Philadelphia market with the Jr. Flyers and Team Comcast. After two seasons in New England with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, he suited up for the Philadelphia Flyers Elite in the USPHL Premier League. From there it was off to Division I hockey at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA). As a sophomore in the 2015-16 season, Ferrill placed fifth on the team in scoring with 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 35 games. He would play at least 31 games in each of his four collegiate seasons.

In March of 2018, after finishing his college career, Ferrill signed with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, playing four games without a point at the end of 2017-18. In July of 2018, he signed with the Mariners.

Ferrill picked up an assist in his Maine debut on October 19th, 2018 against the Reading Royals for the first point of his pro career. On November 7th, at Reading, he scored his first goal. Earning an everyday spot in the lineup, Ferrill suited up in 68 games for the Mariners, putting on the Maine jersey more than any other player. He finished the season with five goals and 15 assists.

“I am extremely excited to re-sign with the Mariners for the upcoming season,” said Ferrill. “It is a top class organization and I am looking forward to helping the team build on what we accomplished last year.”

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS ISSUE QUALIFYING OFFERS TO SIX

PORTLAND, ME – July 1, 2019 – The Mariners issued qualifying offers to six players for the June 30th deadline, completing the ECHL rights retention process for 2019-20. The unrestricted free agency period begins today. The six players issued qualifying offers by the Mariners are: F Greg Chase, D Johnny Coughlin, G Connor LaCouvee, F Alex Kile, D Scott Savage, and F Corey Kalk. Although a qualifying offer is not equal to a signing, it ensures that each player cannot play for another ECHL team in 2019-20, unless their rights are traded.

Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2019-20 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until July 16 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until July 16. After July 16, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the player shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 1, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent. The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS ANNOUNCE 2019-20 GIVEAWAYS

PORTLAND, ME – June 28, 2019 – The Mariners have announced their list of promotional giveaways for the 2019-20 season. Eight items are scheduled to be given away over the course of the season. The Mariners will release the full promotional schedule in mid-July.

During all three home games in the month of October (11th, 25th, 26th), the Mariners will be handing out magnet schedules to all fans through the gate (while supplies last), sponsored by Portland North Dental. Unifirst will sponsor a Mariners T-Shirt giveaway on January 24th, and EqualityMaine is sponsoring a sunglasses giveaway on February 8th. November 16th features the first of two kids giveaways on the season, with the first 1,000 kids receiving a youth pennant. The second kids giveaway is on March 14th when the first 1,000 kids will receive a travel toothbrush. Children 12 and under are eligible to receive kids giveaways. The full giveaway schedule is below:

Date Opponent Game Time Giveaway Quantity
Oct. 11th* Adirondack 7:15 PM Magnet Schedule
sponsored by Portland North Dental
All fans
Oct. 25th Newfoundland 7:15 PM Magnet Schedule
sponsored by Portland North Dental
All fans (while supplies last)
Oct. 26th Newfoundland 6:00 PM Magnet Schedule
sponsored by Portland North Dental
All fans (while supplies last)
Nov. 9th Adirondack 6:00 PM Winter Beanie First 2,000 fans
Nov. 16th Adirondack 6:00 PM Youth Pennant First 1,000 kids (12 and under)
Dec. 7th Adirondack 6:00 PM Mini Stick First 2,000 fans
Jan. 11th Adirondack 6:00 PM Tumbler w/lid First 2,000 fans
Jan. 24th Worcester 7:15 PM Mariners T-Shirt
sponsored by Unifirst
First 2,000 fans
Feb. 8th Brampton 6:00 PM Sunglasses
sponsored by EqualityMaine
First 2,000 fans
Mar. 14th Worcester 6:00 PM Youth Travel
Toothbrush
First 1,000 kids (12 and under)

*home opener

All giveaways and quantities are subject to change.

Fans can purchase full and half season plans, 12-game mini plans, or group tickets now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free Street in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS RE-SIGN RICH BOYD

PORTLAND, ME – June 27, 2019 – The Mariners announced the signing of former University of New Hampshire defenseman Rich Boyd on Thursday. Boyd had two separate stints with the Mariners toward the end of the 2018-19 season, after finishing his college career with UNH.

Boyd, who just turned 24 in early June, is a native of Fort Myers, FL. He attended Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, MA) from 2010-2014, finishing strong with 40 points in 32 games in 13-14, and earning First Team All-New England honors.

At the University of New Hampshire, Boyd was more of a shutdown defenseman, only putting up 21 points in 145 career games in a five season span. In 2017-18, he was named the “Most Improved Player” on the Wildcats. In his senior season of 2018-19, he was third on the team in shot blocks, with 33, and tops on the team in +/- rating at a +4.

Boyd initially signed with the Mariners on March 23rd, and made his debut one week later on March 30th at Adirondack. He was released by the Mariners the following day, but signed another deal on April 7th to appear in the final game of the regular season against the Newfoundland Growlers. Boyd had no points in either game, with two shots and two penalty minutes.

“Being in Maine at the end of the season was a great experience and gave me a great idea of what the pace of the league was like,” Boyd said. “I’m excited to get back for the 19-20 season and am looking forward to a great season from the team.”

The Mariners 2019-20 roster is up to eight players (five forwards, three defensemen), with Sunday marking the qualifying offer deadline. Teams are permitted to issue qualifying offers to up to eight players to retain their rights beyond the start of the free agency period, which is July 1st.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.

MARINERS BRING BACK MASTER

Master skated in eight games for the Mariners, putting up 7 points (3g-4a)

PORTLAND, ME – June 26, 2019 – Forward Nick Master has re-signed with the Mariners for 2019-20, the team announced Wednesday. The former UMass-Lowell River Hawk had a strong showing in Maine at the end of the 2018-19 season, registering seven points in eight games.

The 24-year-old Master is a native of Broomall, PA and played for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers program for parts of three seasons, where he was a teammate of Dwyer Tschantz. After a 50 point season (in 40 games) with the U18 squad in 2012-13, Master moved onto to the United States Hockey League and played for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders and Tri City Storm. With the Storm in 2014-15, Master finished 2nd on the team in goals with 23, and later averaged a point-per-game in Tri City’s playoff run. He began his collegiate career at UMass-Lowell the following season.

Master enjoyed the best offensive season of his college career as a freshman in 2015-16, when he posted 24 points (8 goals and 16 assists) in 39 games, finishing in the top 10 of all Hockey East freshmen. He was also named the team’s Rookie of the Year. Over his final three seasons at Lowell, Master remained a mainstay in the lineup, playing a total of 150 career college games. The River Hawks won a Hockey East Championship in his sophomore season. On March 21st, 2019 after finishing his senior year, Master signed with the Mariners.

On March 24th, 2019, Master made his professional debut, and had an assist in a 6-2 home loss to the Manchester Monarchs. It was the first of a four game point streak to kick of Master’s pro career. On March 31st at Adirondack, Master opened the scoring with his first goal, coming on the power play. He would score another the following afternoon at home against Adirondack, also adding an assist for his first multi-point game. In eight games with the Mariners, Master scored three goals, with four assists.

“I’d like to thank the Mariners for giving me the opportunity to play during their playoff push last season,” Master said. “It’s a great organization with a great atmosphere and I can only imagine it’s going to be better this year.”

Master is the fifth forward and seventh player re-signed to a SPC for 2019-20. View the current roster here.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. Single game tickets will go on sale September 16th.