Showing posts with label Lewiston Maineiacs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lewiston Maineiacs. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

JF Houle named Armada head coach

Press Release

Maine Hockey Journal

Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand is proud to announce the nomination of Jean-François Houle as trainer as a chief and this less than one week after the departure of Pascal Vincent who joined the Jets of Winnipeg as trainer-assistant. Jean-François Swells, 36 years, côtoie the circuit of the League of hockey major junior of Quebec since the end of 2009 whereas it was named with the bar of MAINEiacs de Lewiston.

He also cumulates 6 years of experience within the university circuit as an assistant trainer of the Knights Goldens delicious of the University of Clarkson.

“We sought one impassioned, a person with a great capacity of analysis, a person who shares the same values which Armada that is to say: the rigour, passion, devotion. We are honoured to be able to count on the experiment and the expertise of Jean-François Houle, it is not any doubt that its qualities of communicator will be made profitable and that it will contribute to the development of our young team”, divided Joel Bouchard, president, managing director of the team.

The nomination of Jean-François Houle is effective as of today. Let us recall that Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand will begin its camps from drive on Monday August 15 and that the first local preparatory match will take place on Sunday August 21 with 15:00 in the Center of Excellence Rousseau Sports whereas the first match of the regular season takes place on Friday September 16 with 19:30. The tickets of season will be spent on sale on Wednesday August 10 as of 7:00, you must initially register you on the mailing list in order to receive all the details.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Roger Shannon joins the Shawinigan Cataractes

Press Release

The Cataractes are happy to announce the nomination of Roger Shannon at the associated general position of director. He will assist Martin Mondou at the time of the next season. Moreover, it will have also the mandate to supervise recruitment for all the Maritime ones in support with the depistor chief Mr. Alain Bissonnette. Mr. Shannon occupied the general position of director of Maniacs de Lewiston during the 2 last seasons. He moreover worked as depistor in the LHJMQ during several season. The direction of the Cataracts welcomes to him.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Special Draft

Press Release

VICTORIAVILLE, june 3rd 2011 - The choices for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League special draft were revealed today at noon in Victoriaville. Dillon Fournier was chosen first by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Acadie-Bathurst took Samuel Carrier, Shawinigan exchanged Michael Chaput against Cap Breton and Samuel Henley was chosen by Val-D'Or.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Special draft session to be held Friday

Press Release

VICTORIAVILLE, Thursday, June 2, 2011 – The Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Gilles Courteau, today announced that a special draft session will be held Friday at noon in which the Lewiston MAINEiacs’ players and 2011 draft picks will be submitted to the seventeen other teams.

The special draft session will be comprised of two rounds. The order of selection for the two rounds will be determined from the regular season standings. In round one, teams will draft from the lowest number of points earned during the regular season to the highest number of points considering that the division champions will select 15, 16 and 17 while in round two, teams will draft from the highest number of points earned during the regular season to the lowest number of points. Teams are not obligated to make a selection in the second round.

At its order of selection, the team will need to confirm its selection immediately or within a maximum of two minutes by using the official league form.

Each of the thirty-five players on the Lewiston MAINEiacs’ eligibility list can be selected, even if such player could have been on the team’s protected list in previous years. Also, each of the MAINEiacs’ 2011 draft picks can be selected.

Any Lewiston MAINEiacs player who was not selected during the special draft session will be eligible to be selected at the entry draft on Saturday in Victoriaville. The entry draft begins at 10 am.

Selection ranks regardless of round can be traded during the draft. Moreover, following the special draft session, trades are permitted as stipulated in QMJHL rules.

Picks which were submitted to the QMJHL for trade before the second trade deadline on January 6, 2011 will be honoured. For picks owned by the Lewiston MAINEiacs for the 2012 entry draft, the procedure will be as follows: teams will select the last pick of the designated round.

Here is the order of selection for both rounds.

Round 1

1 – Rouyn-Noranda

2 – Baie-Comeau

3 – Cape Breton

4 – Halifax

5 – Val-d’Or

6 – Chicoutimi

7 – Rimouski

8 – Victoriaville

9 – P.E.I.

10 – Moncton

11 – Shawinigan

12 – Acadie-Bathurst

13 – Gatineau

14 – Drummondville

15 – Québec

16 – Montréal

17 – Saint John

Round 2

1 – Saint John

2 – Montréal

3 – Québec

4 – Drummondville

5 – Gatineau

6 – Acadie-Bathurst

7 – Shawinigan

8 – Moncton

9 – P.E.I.

10 – Victoriaville

11 – Rimouski

12 – Chicoutimi

13 – Val-d’Or

14 – Halifax

15 – Cape Breton

16 – Baie-Comeau

17 – Rouyn-Noranda

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

League Acquires MAINEiacs

Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - The Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Gilles Courteau, today announced that the Lewiston MAINEiacs franchise will be bought out by the League.

The decision was rendered this afternoon following a vote from League Members. The financial terms were not disclosed.

"Following a vote from League Members, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is purchasing the Lewiston MAINEiacs franchise," said the Commissioner. "Therefore, the franchise will be dissolved and the players submitted to a special draft which will in most likelihood be held on Friday. I am disappointed for the fans in Lewiston. The MAINEiacs enjoyed some very good moments, including a President Cup championship in 2007. I know that Mark Just and his ownership group did all that they could to save the franchise, but the situation was no longer viable."

Details surrounding a special dispersal draft will be unveiled as soon as they become available.

"I am truly sad for MAINEiacs fans," added the majority owner Mark Just. "For those that supported the team over the past few years, I would like to thank you. Nonetheless, mounting financial losses became too much to bear for our ownership group."

The Commissioner also announced that following the 2011-12 season an expansion team will be awarded to a group of investors which is led by former QMJHL and NHL All-Star Jocelyn Thibault. The team will begin play in the 2012-13 season and will play its games at the Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet in the city of Sherbrooke.

"The QMJHL is very excited to welcome Sherbrooke back into its fold," said the Commissioner. "With strong local ownership, I am convinced that major junior hockey will once again flourish in Sherbrooke.

In the next few days, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will work toward completing a seventeen team 2011-12 regular season schedule.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

MAINEiacs Owner Explores Options

Maine Hockey Journal Story

Press Release

Mark Just, Majority Owner of the Lewiston MAINEiacs, has confirmed that after posting financial losses for eight consecutive seasons, that the organization is exploring all options available to it.

The franchise has very passionate fans and corporate partners. As much as the organization values the support received over the years, it has not been enough to meet financial obligations without generous contributions from the ownership. The organization has reached the point where it cannot continue to operate under the fiscal conditions as they exist today.

"I have been trying to do everything that I possibly can to keep the team intact," stated Mr. Just. "All and every option is on the table, including selling to local investors or others, looking at relocation options, and / or seeking additional sources of funding within the State of Maine."

"As the only United States based team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the organization incurs a higher level of expenditures for immigration, healthcare, and travel." mentioned Just. "As a result, the team is working toward finding solutions to reduce these costs and become profitable. We cannot continue to lose money as the team has in the past eight seasons."

Staff and key support members were briefed this evening on the current state of the team and Mr. Just's commitment to keeping this team together if at all possible. Rumors have surfaced recently of the state of the franchise which has only lead to speculation that prohibits progress in attempts to gain the support required to operate a major junior hockey team in Lewiston.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Disciplinary Prefect hands down suspensions to seven players

Press Release

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Disciplinary Prefect, Raymond Bolduc, today suspended seven players following incidents which occurred during last night’s action.

Val-d’Or Foreurs right-winger Jonathan Hazen is suspended three games for a hit from behind.

Lewiston MAINEiacs’ forward Antoine Houde-Caron is suspended three games for a dangerous bodycheck. His teammate, Ian Saab, is suspended one game for a punch.

Gatineau Olympiques right-winger Tommy Tremblay is suspended two games for slew footing.

Rimouski Océanic defenseman Étienne Boutet is suspended two games for a dangerous bodycheck.

Moncton Wildcats left-winger Marek Hrivik is suspended one game for a punch.

Finally, Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Danick Gauthier is suspended one game for a dangerous bodycheck.

The decisions were rendered after reviewing the videotapes of the incidents, gathering the testimonies from the players and the organizations involved, reading the officials’ reports and consulting the independent committee in the matter of disciplinary sanctions.

The Disciplinary Prefect will not be available for further comment.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Abeltshauser, Houde-Caron and Paradis suspended

Press Release

The prefect of discipline for the Québec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, has suspended Konrad Abeltshauser, Antoine Houde-Caron and Philippe Paradis for incidents which occurred in three different games.

Last Saturday, during a matchup between Halifax and Acadie-Bathurst, Mooseheads defensive player Konrad Abeltshauser, received a penalty for a checking from behind. He has a two game suspension.

Sunday, during the Gatineau vs Lewiston game, Lewiston left-winger Antoine Houde-Caron received a penalty for elbowing. He received a two game suspension.

Finally, during a meeting between the Moncton Wildcats and PEI Rocket last Sunday, PEI left-winger Philippe Paradis received a penalty for an illegal hit to the head. He received a three game suspension.

The prefect of discipline took these decisions after watching the video incidents, reading the officials’ reports, talking with the players and organizations involved and consulting the Advisory Committee for disciplinary action.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Dame-Malka and Finn suspended three games

Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, January 31, 2011 - The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Disciplinary Prefect, Raymond Bolduc, today suspended two Lewiston MAINEiacs defensemen.

Olivier Dame-Malka is suspended for three games for kneeing while his teammate, Samuel Finn, inherits a three-game suspension for an aggressor penalty which he was assessed at the end of an altercation. Both incidents occurred during last Friday’s game versus the Rimouski Océanic.

The decisions were rendered after reviewing the videotapes of the incidents, gathering the testimonies from the players and the organizations involved, reading the officials’ reports and consulting the independent committee in the matter of disciplinary sanctions.

The Disciplinary Prefect will not be available for further comment.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

MAINEiacs Acquire Milson from Acadie-Bathurst

Press Release

Lewiston, ME (QMJHL) - The Lewiston MAINEiacs have announced a trade, acquiring forward Bryce Milson from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, in exchange for a second round pick in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft. The move is effective immediately.

Milson, 17, was originally drafted by Acadie-Bathurst with the 22nd overall pick (2nd round) in the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft. The Miramichi, NB native immediately joined the Titan last season for his rookie campaign, amassing nine goals, 11 assists, 20 points, and 29 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games. This season, Milson is on a similar scoring pace, as he has registered four goals, six assists, ten points, and 12 penalty minutes in 35 games with Acadie-Bathurst.

"We are getting a talented, young, gritty hockey player, who we expect will be with the MAINEiacs for several seasons," said MAINEiacs President & Governor Bill Schurman. "Bryce has played at the international level, and has proven that he has what it takes to become an elite player in our league." We expect our fans to notice his presence right away," he said.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

St. Dom's Grad John Racine Named MAINEiacs Goaltender Coach

Press Release

Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston, ME (QMJHL) - The Lewiston MAINEiacs are pleased to announce the hiring of their new goaltending coach, John Racine.

John Racine has always had a passion for hockey and goaltending, beginning as a graduate of St. Dominic Regional High School. Three years after graduating, John became an on-ice official, and has since worked youth hockey games, high school hockey games, and QMJHL preseason games. Along with his officiating duties, Racine has also served as a goaltending coach for St. Dominic Regional High School, the IJHL's Maine Moose, and the University of New Hampshire's club team.

"I've always had a passion for helping goaltenders," Racine said. "I have been a goalie coach since 1988, and I wanted to coach at a higher level," he said.

Racine has been a fixture with the MAINEiacs' organization since the team began playing in Lewiston during the 2003-04 season. During that inaugural season, he and his wife Donna served as a billet family for the club, while John helped out as a practice goaltender from time to time, when one of the regular goaltenders was out of the lineup.

"It was important for us to find a coach that is local, as well as a person with some experience," said MAINEiacs Assistant General Manager Tim Schurman. "John is a great guy that is willing to do whatever he can to help our goaltenders get to the next level. Both goalies will benefit from having John arond to work with," he said.

John will look to help continue the strong goaltending factory in Lewiston that has produced the likes of current NHLers Jaroslav Halak and Jonathan Bernier. "The MAINEiacs have had a history of producing top goaltenders," said Racine. "The two goalie we have here now are very good, they have the potential to make it to the next level, and I'm here to help them along the way," he said.

This has been quite the stretch of time for Racine, who also received a call this morning from Dawn Strout - the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the United States Women's Olympic Hockey Team. Strout asked John to assist the program during the upcoming tryouts in Minnesota.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MAINEiacs Assign Coonishish-Coon To St-Jerome Panthers

Press Release

Maine Hockey Journal

The Lewiston MAINEiacs have announced a roster move, effective immediately, assigning forward Jonah Coonishish-Coon to the St-Jerome Panthers of the Quebec AAA Junior Hockey League.

Coonishish-Coon, 17, was originally signed by the MAINEiacs as a free agent this past summer. The signing was made official at the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft in Drummondville. Thus far this season, the Chibougamau, QC native has been scoreless in nine games with Lewiston, while picking up 14 penalty minutes. Ten of Coonishish-Coon's penalty minutes have come from fighting majors, as the rookie dropped the gloves with Quebec's Guillaume Rousseau and Val-d'Or's Alexandre Carrier.

"It's important for our players to get a lot of ice time," said MAINEiacs General Manager Roger Shannon. "Because of how much talent we have on our team, it's tough to get that ice time here, so we feel that this move will help further Jonah's development as a player," he said.

Through the years, St-Jerome and Lewiston have created a pipeline, as the Panthers once had the likes of David Perron and Jess Tanguy, before both players made their way to the MAINEiacs. Currently, St-Jerome has one other former MAINEiac on the roster, as Mathieu Gingras is currently perfecting his skills with the Panthers.

Today, the MAINEiacs have made a stop in Amherst, NS, for practice, and will be making a community appearance at Spring Street Academy later today. After that, the team will travel to Sydney, NS for a Tuesday night game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at 6:00.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

MAINEiacs Acquire Kabanov from Wildcats

My story on Maine Hockey Journal

Press Release

The Lewiston MAINEiacs have announced a major trade, acquiring highly touted NHL top prospect forward Kirill Kabanov from the Moncton Wildcats, in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2011, a fourth round draft pick in 2011, a first round pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft, and a fourth round draft pick in 2012.

"Kirill Kabanov has the ability and the opportunity to become a franchise player with the MAINEiacs. While it was a pleasure for me to get to know Kirill on a personal level during our time together in Moncton, the decision to make our move for Kirill was taken to improve our organization on and off the ice for today, tomorrow, and beyond," said MAINEiacs' Managing Consultant and Governor Bill Schurman.

"Kirill is an engaging personality, whose talents will add to the character of the Lewiston MAINEiacs. We feel strongly that his ability and passion to one day play in the NHL as a New York Islander will motivate Kirill to continue to work towards his dream as a MAINEiac," Schurman noted.

Kabanov was born on July 16, 1992 in Moscow, Russia. The 6'2", 175 lbs. forward was originally selected by the Wildcats with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

"Right now, I really believe that it is time to invest in a player that can make a huge difference on the score sheet, joining our already talented group of forwards," stated MAINEiacs' General Manager Roger Shannon.

In his rookie season with the Wildcats, injuries limited Kabanov to just 22 regular season games. However, he made the most of his time on the ice, picking up 10 goals, 13 assists, 23 points, and 34 penalty minutes. For Team Russia in the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championships Under - 18 Tournament, Kabanov tallied 11 points in 7 games enroute to a silver medal.

"I think it's an exciting time for the Lewiston MAINEiacs to get a player of Kabanov's stature," said MAINEiacs' Head Coach Jean-Francois Houle.

"He is very gifted offensively, and is a threat every time he touches the ice. Adding him to this team adds speed and skill to an already dynamic offense. With open arms, we welcome Kirill to our organization," Houle added.

As a 16 year-old, Kabanov was the youngest player in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the highest level of play in Russia. He played in 6 regular season games and 4 playoff games for HC Spartak Moscow. After his playing rights were sold to Salavat Yulaev Ufa, a dispute between Ufa and Kabanov on an NHL escape clause caused Kabanov to enter the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Kabanov petitioned IIHF to allow him to play in the QMJHL, which was granted after the begining of the 2009-10 season.

Following the 2009-10 campaign with Moncton, the dynamic skilled Russian entered the NHL Entry Draft, where he was selected 65th overall (3rd round) by the New York Islanders this past June in Los Angeles.

The connection between the Islanders and the MAINEiacs is a natural fit, as Lewiston Assistant General Manager Tim Schurman was also the Long Island, NY NHL club's talent scout for three years, and very familiar to the 18 year-old star.

"This is a tall, lanky kid with a very dynamic skill set," Schurman pointed out of his stature.

"He likes to skate with the puck and handles it very well. When he has the puck he is a dual threat, he can thread seams with his vision or he can put the puck in the net himself. He is shifty with the puck and although he has some room to grow, strength wise, he protects the puck well. He also does not shy away from going to the net and does have a bit of an edge to his game," Schurman noted of the newly added forward.

Kabanov's will join the MAINEiacs upon United States immigration approval, which may happen in time for next weeks home games with the Quebec Remparts on Wednesday November 3rd, or by the weekend doubleheader with the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Friday November 5th & Saturday November 6th.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Alex Reed Moves on to ECHL

Press Release

My story on the Maine Hockey Journal

The Lewiston MAINEiacs are pleased to announce that Alex Reed has informed the organization that he has accepted the position as the new radio voice and Director of Media Relations for the Wheeling Nailers of ECHL. Current radio color analyst & Team Communications representative DJ Abisalih will take over as the MAINEiacs lead radio role.

The announcement comes with mixed emotions for Reed, who started with the organization in October of 2007.

"I can't say enough how grateful I am for the opportunity the MAINEiacs organization has given me over the years. This team gave me a chance to start my career, and it has been an amazing experience with a lot of memories," mentioned Reed. "The toughest part is leaving behind this community. I have met so many wonderful people, and I have made lifelong friends here. I am really going to miss everyone."

His radio partner of the past season greeted the news with mixed emotions as well.

"Alex was an incredible person to work with. I am very grateful that he had the confidence to bring me aboard last season, giving me the chance to get my foot in the door," Abisalih said. "I will definitely miss working with him, as he and I developed a great friendship, as well as strong on-air chemistry."

For Reed, it's a step up to the next level, and he's looking forward to his opportunity with Wheeling.

"I am excited about the opportunity to move up and advance my career to the professional hockey level," emphasized Reed. "The Nailers organization has a vast hockey tradition, and I look forward to being a part of that."

As for Abisalih, he acknowledges the positives for both men, and his own good fortune.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for both of us," noted Abisalih. "Alex gets to advance to the next level, and I get to have my own play-by-play job, which is something I have craved for quite some time. To get that chance at age 23 and in a league like the QMJHL is surreal."

Reed's last game as the radio voice of the MAINEiacs will be Sunday, October 10th. Abisalih's first game as the new play-by-play host will be Wednesday, October 13th.

The Lewiston MAINEiacs would like to thank Alex Reed for his service to the organization for the past three seasons, and wish him the best of everything in the time ahead.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Rousseau Returns to Junior AAA

Press Release

Lewiston, ME (QMJHL) - The Lewiston MAINEiacs have announced that forward Marc-Antoine Rousseau has elected to return to his Junior AAA team, the Valleyfield Braves.

Marc-Antoine Rousseau was originally selected by the MAINEiacs with the 199th overall pick in the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Last season, the Beauce, QC native made his QMJHL debut on December 27th in a 4-3 win over the Victoriaville Tigres. Rousseau went on to play in five games with Lewiston during the 2009-10 campaign, finishing with two penalty minutes, three shots on goal, and a plus/minus rating of +1.

The remainder of Rousseau's 2009-10 season was spent in Valleyfield, where he recorded 16 goals, 12 assists, 28 points, and 41 penalty minutes in 48 games.

This season, the 18-year old played in three games with the MAINEiacs, finishing with four penalty minutes, one shot on goal, and a plus/minus rating of -2. During the preseason, Rousseau had a good showing, picking up one goal, one assist, and six penalty minutes in five contests.

The MAINEiacs would like to wish Marc-Antoine nothing but the best in Valleyfield, and the organization will be keeping tabs on his play with the Braves.

With four players still attending NHL training camps, the Lewiston MAINEiacs' roster currently sits at 21 players (12 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies).

The MAINEiacs return to action on Friday night at 7:00, as they begin a two-game weekend series against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Some of you may know, some may not

Summer is winding down, that means one thing, major junior hockey training camps open up this week. Personally this summer has been great as I graduated college and found a job working in the Sun Journal's (Lewiston, ME) sports department.

With that said, many of you know the previous two seasons I was with the Maine Hockey Journal covering the Lewiston Maineiacs and the Maine Black Bears. With the new job, I have stepped down from my position with the Maine Hockey Journal.

So don't expect any stories from me at Maineiacs training camp the next two day(Go to the links above for coverage of the events this week). Although follow me on twitter @jrhockeywriter for updates as I take in training camp.

The World of Junior Hockey will continue running as normal.

(Nathan can be reached at

Sunday, August 15, 2010

MAINEiacs Announce 2010 Training Camp Schedule!

Press Release

LEWISTON, ME (QMJHL) - August 13, 2010 - The Lewiston MAINEiacs are pleased to announce their plans for the first week of the upcoming training camp.

The 2010 version of training camp will feature the inaugural playing of the L-A Cup!

The training camp roster will be split into halves, with one half representing Lewiston, and the other half representing Auburn. The tournament will consist of two games, with the total number of goals scored serving as the tiebreaker.

The day-by-day schedule will be as follows:

Thursday August 19th
Game 1 L-A Cup
7 AM Goalie Arrival
7:15 AM Goalie Stretch
8 AM Goalies (w/ Reg Bourcier)
7:45 AM Team Lewiston (Blue) Arrival
8 AM Team Lewiston (Blue) Stretch
9-10:30 AM Team Lewiston (Blue) On Ice
9:30 AM Team Auburn (White) Arrival
9:45 AM Team Auburn (White) Stretch
10:45-12:15 Team Auburn (White) On Ice
1:30 - 2:00PM NHL Defense Clinic - Darren Rumble and Steve Finn
5 PM Arrive for Inter Squad Game (Pictures)
6:30 PM Warm-Up
7 PM L-A Cup Game

Friday August 20th
Game 2 L-A Cup
7 AM Goalie Arrival
7:15 AM Goalie Stretch
8 AM Goalies (w/ Reg Bourcier)
7:45 AM Team Auburn (White) Arrival
8 AM Team Auburn (White) Stretch
9-10:30 AM Team Auburn (White) On Ice
9:30 AM Team Lewiston (Blue) Arrival
9:45 AM Team Lewiston (Blue) Stretch
10:45-12:15 Team Lewiston (Blue) On Ice
1:30-2:15 Forward Clinic
2:30 PM Billet pick Up Forwards
5 PM Arrive for Inter Squad Game
6:30 PM Warm-Up
7 PM L-A Cup Game
Post Game - L-A Cup Presentation
Post Game - Roster Announced for Saturday's Game

Saturday August 21st
Preseason Game #1
8:30 AM Arrival (players not playing)
8:45 AM Team Stretch (players not playing)
9:30-11:00 AM On Ice Practice (players not playing)
9:45 AM Arrival (players playing game)
10:00 AM Stretch (players playing game)
2:00 PM Report to locker room (players playing game)
4:00 PM Game 1 vs. Victoriaville (Home)
Post Game Roster Announced for Sunday's Game

Sunday August 22nd
Preseason Game #2
9:00 AM Bus leaves (players playing game)
8:30 AM Arrival (players not playing)
8:45 AM Team Stretch (players not playing)
9:30- 11:00 AM Practice (players not playing)
11:45 AM Brunch @ Vinnies (players playing game)
4:00 PM Game 2 vs. Victoriaville (Away)
7:00 PM 3-on-3 game (players not playing)

Monday Morning August 23rd
Cut Day # 1

Training Camp is open and free to the general public. Admission to the two L-A Cup games are by donation. Admission to Saturday's home preseason game is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Season ticket holders who have signed up will also be admitted free!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Schurman named Governor of MAINEiacs

Press Release

LEWISTON, Monday, August 2, 2010 - The Lewiston MAINEiacs organization today announced the hiring of former Moncton Wildcats General Manager Bill Schurman. Schurman will work as a managing consultant with the team while also acting as the team's Governor.

More announcements will be forthcoming this week regarding other open position within the organization including assistant coach, athletic therapist and front office personnel.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

MAINEiacs acquire first overall pick; draft Dillon Fournier

Press Release

DRUMMONDVILLE, Saturday, June 5, 2010 - After acquiring the services of all-star netminder Olivier Roy from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles yesterday, the Lewiston MAINEiacs made another blockbuster trade at the very beginning of the QMJHL Entry Draft, prying away the first overall selection from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in order to select defenseman Dillon Fournier of the Lac St-Louis Lions.

The Halifax Mooseheads then selected forward Luca Ciampini with the second overall selection while the Chicoutimi Saguenéens picked defenseman Dominic Poulin third.

François Tremblay was the first goaltender selected. Val-d'Or chose him with the fourth overall pick.

Olivier Roy was traded a second time in less than twenty-four hours as the MAINEiacs sent him to the Titan for a high number of draft picks.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MAINEiacs Announce New Ownership Partner & Assistant Coach

Maine Hockey Journal Story

Press Release

LEWISTON, ME -- The Lewiston MAINEiacs announced today that Paul Spellman has joined the team in a minority ownership capacity, while Steven Finn has been named assistant coach.

Spellman has been a local fixture in the business community during the past twenty five years serving most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Federal Distributors, Inc. Spellman is the immediate past president of the Board of the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America, serves on the board of St. Mary’s General Hospital, and has served as Region Chair of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, representing all beer wholesaler’s in New England, New York and Pennsylvania.

In his new role as partner, Spellman will spend a considerable amount of time working closely with the soon to be announced new team president on community relations, group sales and special projects. Spellman feels strongly that junior hockey in the Twin Cities carries a future of promise.

“I am very confident that the plans Mark (Just) and Roger (Shannon) have in place, as well as the fact the entire organization is totally committed, and in full agreement, that the blueprint is in place for this team to be here for a very long time,” said Spellman. “The fans will like what they are going to see.”

In making the announcement, MAINEiacs majority owner Mark Just is excited to have Spellman on board: “It has been a goal of mine for the eight years to find a local person to invest in our team who has business acumen, passion for the organization, commitment to its success, a strong work ethic and the integrity necessary to elevate the perception of our team both in Lewiston-Auburn and around the league. I am delighted to welcome Paul Spellman aboard as a minority shareholder of the MAINEiacs and look forward to working with him for many years in Lewiston.”

On the hockey front, MAINEiacs G.M. Roger Shannon announced that former long-time NHL Defenseman Steven Finn has joined the team as an assistant coach.

“Steven will work with our Defense; show the finer points which made him so successful while also assisting us in Quebec with our scouting staff by serving as the Coordinator for the province,” said Shannon. “Steven joins Gerard Shaw of Nova Scotia who serves as our Atlantic Canada Coordinator. I am excited now with the people we have on staff going forward.”

Finn, 44 and a native of Laval Quebec, logged 725 games in the NHL from 1985-1997, including a 10 year span with the Quebec Nordiques. Selected 57th overall during the 1984 NHL entry draft, Finn is the father of MAINEiacs Defenseman Samuel Finn and holds the distinction of being a member of the last edition of the Nordiques during the 1994-95 season before the clubs eventual departure to Colorado.

Finn finished his NHL career playing two seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. In 1997, he played his final year on the pro hockey circuit as a member of the Long Beach Ice Dogs in what is now a defunct version of the International Hockey League. No stranger to the inner workings of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Finn spent three seasons with the Laval Voisins – twice being named to the QMJHL All-Star team along with teammate Mario Lemieux.

“What a coup. We have a terrific young coaching staff with J.F. Houle, Jeff Guay, and Reg Bourcier and now to be able to land a veteran of many NHL years to our team bringing experience and wisdom into the mix is a formula for success,” said Just. Steven Finn is not only a very knowledgeable hockey person but someone who will represent our organization with class. With this hiring, we are showing the hockey world that we get it and that the Lewiston MAINEiacs will reclaim our rightful place as an organization to be admired, respected and feared on the ice. Welcome aboard Steven.”

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at