MARINERS ADD VETERAN IN FREE AGENCY
Zach Tolkinen adds four years of ECHL experience to roster
Portland, ME – July 2, 2018 – The Maine Mariners were active on July 1, the first day of free agency, coming to terms with ECHL veteran Zach Tolkinen. Tolkinen will follow Coach Armstrong after playing the 2017-18 season with the Wheeling Nailers.
Tolkinen (6-3/190) joins the Mariners with 254 ECHL games under his belt in four seasons. A defensemen from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Tolkinen played four seasons with Quinnipiac University before turning pro with the now defunct Elmira Jackals in 2014-15. He had stints with the Missouri Mavericks (now Kansas City Mavericks) and Rapid City Rush before landing alongside Coach Armstrong in Wheeling.
“I had Zach in Wheeling last season,” said Armstrong. “He is a big, strong defensemen who loves to compete every night and is a great guy in the locker room and community. Zach will be a big part of our defense and leadership group.”
The Mariners, proud affiliate of the New York Rangers, will start play in the inaugural season October 13, 2018 as members of the ECHL. The ECHL is the premier AA hockey league in the United States. Season tickets for the Mariners inaugural season are on sale now by visiting www.marinersofmaine.com or call toll free 833-GO-MAINE.