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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sabres re-sign Matt Ellis

Jan 19, 2010 - Anaheim, California, USA - Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Ellis is pictured during an NHL Hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Matt Ellis to a one-year contract.

Ellis (8/31/1981, 6’, 212 lbs.) spent last season in Buffalo where he set career highs in games played (72), points (13) and assists (10). Ellis, who turns 29 today, now has 33 points (13+20) in 187 career NHL games with Buffalo, Los Angeles and Detroit.

A native of Welland, Ont., Ellis joined Buffalo on October 1, 2008 when he was claimed off waivers from Los Angeles. He was originally signed as undrafted free agent by Detroit on May 10, 2002 after playing junior hockey with the St. Michael’s Majors.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

MAINEiacs drop second in row to Remparts, this time 6 - 4

For the second straight night, the Quebec Remparts used an offensive outburst to get the best of the Lewiston MAINEiacs. After scoring seven in the second period on Friday, Quebec found the back of the net four times in the third period on Saturday, erasing three separate deficits for a 6-4 win.

The MAINEiacs got off to a nice start, lighting the lamp twice in the opening stanza. Jess Tanguy started the scoring at the 7:24 mark, netting an unassisted tally. Later in the period, Samuel Carrier connected on a power play goal, with assists going to Tanguy and Francis Beauvillier.

In the second period, the Remparts scored twice, tying the game at two. The first goal came early, as Matthew Brown scored from Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Brendan Duke at 2:29. Midway through the frame, Audy-Marchessault got a goal of his own, scoring from Ryan Bourque and Mirko Hoefflin.

Lewiston MAINEiacs HC JF Houle on Weekend Warm Up

MAINEiacs Head Coach JF Houle joined the Jeff and Matty on The Weekend Warm Up Presented by Mr Sparky America's On Time Electrician

Mark Jeanneret joins Weekend Warm Up

Pirates Play by Play guy Mark Jeanneret joins us for some fun on The Weekend Warm Up presented by Mr Sparky, America's On Time Electricians

Friday, August 27, 2010

MAINEiacs drop one to Remparts 8 - 1

The Lewiston MAINEiacs got off to a nice start last weekend, picking up two straight wins against the Victoriaville Tigres. However, the winning streak came to an end on Friday night, when Lewiston ran into the Quebec Remparts. Quebec scored once in the first period, before lighting the lamp seven times in the second, en route to an 8-1 win at the Premiere Tech Centre in Riviere-du-Loup, QC.

The Remparts scored the lone goal of the first period, as Patrick Walsh connected on a power play goal from Frederick Roy and Mirko Hoefflin. The tally came with 1:37 left in the period, giving the visitors some momentum to use going into the second.

40 seconds into the middle frame, Quebec netted a second power play goal, as Matt Brown found the back of the net. Cameron Critchlow brought the MAINEiacs within one on a goal from Christophe Lalonde at the 1:31 mark, but the Remparts stormed back with six straight goals to end the period. Maxime Gravel and Olivier Hinse scored 14 seconds apart, before Tomas Filippi (2), Mathieu Lavallee, and Ryan Bourque gave Quebec an 8-1 lead after two.

Lewiston's Tyler Piercy and Quebec's Derek Clavet kept the two squads off of the scoreboard in the third, as the Remparts cruised to victory.

Louis Domingue and Nicholas Champion were the goaltenders of record. Domingue made 13 saves on 14 shots for the win, while Champion stopped 15 of 20 shots in the loss.

The MAINEiacs and Remparts will play their second game in as many nights on Saturday, as the two clubs travel to the Ancienne-Lorette Arena in Ancienne-Lorette, QC.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sabres sign F Colin Stewart to 2 way deal

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed unrestricted free agent forward Colin Stuart to a one-year contract.

Stuart (7/8/1982, 6’2”, 205 lbs.) spent last season with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat where he was fourth in team scoring with a career-high 36 points (17+19) in 67 games. The native of Rochester, MN, has 51 games of NHL experience with the Atlanta Thrashers from 2007-09, collecting 13 points (8+5) including four shorthanded goals.

Stuart played four years at Colorado College (2000-04), and was originally drafted by Atlanta in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2001 Entry Draft.


Brian Petrovek joins Jeff and Matty

Brian Petrovek, Portland Pirates CEO talks schedule and CCCC renovations.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Portland Pirates 2010-2011 schedule released

The American Hockey League released the 2010 - 2011 schedule. Download Portland Pirates schedule HERE.

The Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League announced today their schedule of games for the 2010-11 Regular Season.

The Pirates will open their 18th season of competition, the 34th season of AHL action at the Cumberland County Civic Center, on Saturday, October 9th when the Manchester Monarchs visit in a 7 p.m. start. The Pirates will celebrate the AHL’s 75th anniversary season by playing all 40 of their home games at the Civic Center for the first time since 2007-08. The home schedule features 26 weekend games. Saturday Night is Hockey Night in Portland will take place 15 times during the course of the season while the Pirates will also play eight Friday games and three Sunday games.

“Our schedule provides our fan base a great opportunity to enjoy the talents of the world class athletes and Buffalo Sabres prospects which make up our team while also delivering an exciting atmosphere and promotional pop,” said Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek. “We are looking forward to an entertaining campaign in our pursuit of a Calder Cup Championship.”

Arch rivals Manchester, Providence and Worcester will battle the Pirates a total of 12 times each (six at home and six on the road) during the regular season. In addition, the Pirates will face Springfield and Bridgeport 10 times each.

Anthoine Heads to Vermont, Leaves Maineiacs Camp

Connor Anthoine left Maineiacs camp to head to the University of Vermont, and Justin Pelletier had the story. I applaud the kid for honoring his commitment to the Vermont, but sad he won't be a part of the Maineiacs.

Monday, August 23, 2010

MAINEiacs finalize trade, other roster moves coming Monday AM

The Lewiston MAINEiacs have made a trade, acquiring forward Cole Hawes from the Shawinigan Cataractes, in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2011 (previously acquired from Quebec), as well as a fifth round pick in 2012.

Cole Hawes was born on February 23, 1993 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At 17 years old, the forward is 5'10" and 170 lbs. In the summer of 2009, Hawes was selected with the 62nd overall pick in the QMJHL Entry Draft by the Shawinigan Cataractes. During the 2009-10 season, Hawes suited up in seven games with Shawinigan, picking up two penalty minutes. One year earlier, he was a member of the Dartmouth Midget Ice Dawgs, where he had 21 goals and six assists in 35 regular season games.

"Cole is a committed player who competes very hard - exactly the kind of kid you want, and makes guys around him compete also," said MAINEiacs General Manager Roger Shannon. "As a 17-year old, he gives one more building block needed going forward," he said.

The addition of Hawes brings the current roster to 40 players. Earlier in the weekend, Cole McDonald and Sotiris Athanasopoulos left the team to protect their NCAA eligibility, while Jay Kourkoulis has left the team for medical reasons.

Roger Shannon also said to expect more roster slimming Monday morning.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

MAINEiacs complete home and home sweep of Tigres with 4 - 2 win.

On Sunday afternoon, the Lewiston MAINEiacs continued their 2010 preseason schedule in Levis, QC with a second consecutive tilt against the Victoriaville Tigres. For the second day in a row, the MAINEiacs fell behind, but came back to earn a win, scoring four straight goals in a 4-2 win.

The first period didn't exactly start how the MAINEiacs envisioned, as Chris Doyle and Angelo Miceli put the Tigres ahead 2-0 in the first ten minutes of the contest. Lewiston never truly recovered from those two tallies, as Victoriaville held an 18-3 advantage in shots on goal during the opening stanza.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

MAINEiacs open pre-season with a 5-2 victory over Victoriaville

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Hot Air Balloons weren’t the only things in the air Saturday in Lewison/Auburn, hockey returned to Lewiston as the Lewiston MAINEiacs opened their pre-season schedule against the Victoriaville Tigres at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The MAINEiacs sent almost 900 fans home happy with a 5 - 2 victory to open the season.

Even though Francis Beauvillier open the game’s scoring just five minutes into the game, Victoriaville controlled most of the play either way. Beauviller’s goal, with assists from Matthew Bissonnette and Stefan Fournier, put Lewiston up 1 - 0.

MAINEiacs GM Roger Shannon joins Weekend Warm Up

Roger Shannon Joins Matty and Jeff on the Weekend Warm Up Presented by Mr Sparky, America's On Time Electrician on 96.3 The Big Jab

Team Auburn wins Inaugural L/A Cup

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As the two teams representing Lewiston and Auburn took to the ice to decide the two night tourney, Auburn entered the game with a two goal lead at 11-9. Where the previous evening was more or less a shooting gallery, this evening's contest before 450 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee had a much more of a defensively responsible feel to it.

Team Auburn won the game 5-4 in regulation time, with goals by Christophe Lalonde, Alex Zafiris, Matthew Bissonette, Francis Beauvillier and Cameron Critchlow. Team Lewiston kept it tight with tallies by Cole MacDonald, Sam Henley, JP Harvey and Jess Tanguy. Going into the shootout, Auburn held a 16-13 two game total goal advantage.

On to the shootout where both teams sent out players that did not have a try the night previous. This is where it got interesting.

Team Auburn appeared to have sealed the deal by and early goal by Antoine Houde-Caron, but Team Lewiston roared back scoring four unanswered goals by Henley. MacDonald, Etienne Brodeur and Stefan Fournier.

The score was at 17-17 when the final two shooters took to the ice. Lalonde would answer by putting Team Auburn on top, and Team Lewiston's Jess Tanguy had no answer as Team Auburn went on to win the inaugural LA Cup!

A special thank you to Honorary Captains Louis Nadeau (Lewiston) and Gerry Berube (Auburn)! The Lewiston MAINEiacs appreciate your loyalty to the team, and for all of your years of service in the community!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

MAINEiacs split roster to play for L/A Cup starting tonight!

Follow along TONIGHT from The Androscoggin Bank Colisee. We'll have audio and photos from tonights match..Check in tonight!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

#Maineiacs Secure Local Radio Deal, Alex Reed to Return

According to reports, the Lewiston Maineiacs have reached agreement on a radio deal with Gleason Media Sevices (who had the games in years past) and Alex Reed will be returning to the booth as the voice of the Maineiacs. Great news for the Maineiacs, and great news for the area, as Alex is a tremendous broadcaster (and this area has been lucky to have him as long as it has).

Saturday, August 14, 2010

#PortlandPirates Derek Whitmore joined Weekend Warm Up Saturday #sabres #theahl #nhl

Derek Whitmore on Weekend Warm Up presented by Mr Sparky America's On Time Electrician

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dineen and Weinrich return to Pirates. #portlandpirates #sabres #sblog

The Portland Pirates announced today that the Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Head Coach Kevin Dineen and Assistant Coach Eric Weinrich for the 2010-11 American Hockey League season.

“We are delighted to have Kevin and Eric returning to coach the Portland Pirates,” said Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier. “They have done an excellent job in respect to our young players and their development within the organization. As we continue to grow our young prospects, we are confident their success in the National Hockey League can be attributed to their time spent with such quality individuals that we have in place in Portland.”

“We are thrilled to have both Kevin and Eric behind the Pirates bench for another season,” said Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek. “Within the hockey world, Kevin has developed into and now become one of the top pro coaches in the business and he has proven by his outstanding coaching record and by the young players he has developed that he is as talented as they get in his profession. The passion, intensity and work ethic that Kevin brings to the rink every day elicits the very best out of the Buffalo Sabres prospects and our fans have certainly experienced with great appreciation the exciting, high energy and no-nonsense style of play he puts on the ice every game.

“Eric’s impact as an Assistant Coach with the Pirates has been outstanding. He has been able to translate the successes he enjoyed as a world class blueliner into an ability to communicate with our young players and help develop them with his knowledge and experience. He and Kevin have developed a great approach together. Their preparation, teamwork and camaraderie have been paramount to our success.”

Dineen, named the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach in 2005-06, is heading into his sixth season as the Head Coach of the Pirates. The 46 year-old is the longest tenured Head Coach in Pirates franchise history and stands as the franchise leader in games coached (400), wins (219) and winning percentage (.610). The Quebec City, Quebec native guided the Pirates to a second place finish in the Atlantic Division in 2009-10 with a record of 45-24-7-4. Last season marked the third time in five seasons that Dineen led the Pirates to a season featuring 45 or more victories. He has also led the Pirates to two Eastern Conference Finals, coming within one win of the Calder Cup Finals each time.

“I am very excited to back as part of the Buffalo Sabres organization,” Dineen said. “My family and I are thrilled to return to Portland for a sixth season as we continue our effort of reaching our goal to win a Calder Cup Championship for the great fans of Portland.”

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Dineen, who was selected 56th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, spent 18 years in the NHL as a player from 1984-85 to 2002-03. He scored 355 goals and 405 assists for 760 points and 2,229 penalty minutes in 1,188 games with Columbus, Ottawa, Hartford/Carolina and Philadelphia. Dineen appeared in two NHL All-Star Games as a member of the Whalers (1988 and 1989). He was also named the 1990-91 NHL Man of the Year and was a three-time finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (1995, 2001 and 2002), given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Dineen also represented Canada on many occasions, playing on the country’s national team at the 1984 Olympic Games, 1987 Canada Cup and three World Championship Tournaments (1985, 1989 and 1993). At the time of his retirement he was one of only eight NHL players to record more than 300 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes in an NHL career.

After retiring as a player, Dineen spent two seasons working in the Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Operations Department in player development.
Dineen and his wife, Annie, are the parents of two daughters (Hannah and Emma) and two sons (William and Declan).

2010-11 will mark Weinrich’s third full season as an Assistant Coach under Dineen. He also started the 2006-07 season as an Assistant on Dineen’s coaching staff but chose to step back onto the ice and resume his playing career with the Pirates.

“I expressed to Darcy (Regier) that I really enjoyed being part of the organization and was hoping that they would consider resigning me and he said they would be happy to have me back,” Weinrich said.

“I’ve been associated with Kevin in one way or another for the past four seasons and I look forward to working with him again and learning all I can from his experience and leadership of the team.”

Weinrich was originally selected 32nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He played 18 seasons at the NHL level with Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Montreal, New Jersey, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Vancouver. Weinrich finished his NHL career playing in 1,157 games with 388 points (70 goals, 318 assists) and 825 penalty minutes. He ended his playing career with the Portland Pirates in the 2007-08 season, after playing in 88 games spanning over two seasons and recording 22 points (3 goals, 19 assists). Throughout the course of his career, the 43 year-old participated in nine World Championships for Team USA – the most of any American-born player. He also played in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, the 1991 Canada Cup and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

“It’s great to have Eric back as part of my staff,” said Dineen. “He brings a wealth of NHL and AHL experience and does a great job mentoring our young defensemen.”

Weinrich’s professional career began in the AHL with the Utica Devils in 1988-89 and 1989-90. In 1989-90, he was named the winner of the Eddie Shore Trophy (AHL’s outstanding defenseman) and also was named an AHL First Team All-Star. Prior to entering the pro ranks, Weinrich spent three seasons at the University of Maine (1985-88) where he registered 69 points (16 goals, 54 assists) in 83 games over three seasons with the Black Bears. In 1987, he was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star and also earned NCAA East Second Team All-American honors.

Weinrich, his wife Tracy and two children, Ben and Emily, live on Cousins Island in Yarmouth.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mark Mancari signed to a 1 year deal by Sabres #sabres #portlandpirates


Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have re-signed restricted free agent forward Mark Mancari to a one-year contract.

Mancari (7/11/1985, 6’4”, 225 lbs.) has led Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in scoring for each of the past three seasons, including 74 points (28+46) in 74 games for the Portland Pirates in 2009-10. He finished eighth in league scoring, and topped the Pirates in goals, assists and points. Mancari also led the Pirates with 14 power goals, and was second with a plus-16 rating. The 25-year-old Mancari had two points (1+1) in six games during four separate recalls to Buffalo last season, giving him five points (2+3) in 16 career NHL games.

Mancari was drafted by Buffalo in the seventh round (207th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Bill Schurman joins The Weekend Warm Up presented by Mr Sparky #maineiacshockey #qmjhl #sblog #hockey


Bill Schurman joined us for the better part of an hour today on 96.3 The Big Jab. Here is the entire interview.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Lewiston sends G Dwayne Rodrigue to Victoriaville picks #QMJHL #maineiacshockey #LHJMQ #hockey

Lewiston sends goaltender Dwayne Rodrigue to Victoriaville for and 12th round pick in 2011. More to follow

Marc-Andre Gragnani re-signs with #Sabres #portlandpirates

BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 16:  Marc-Andre Gragnani #4 of the Buffalo Sabres skates during a team scrimmage after revealing their new uniform designs on September 16, 2006 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani (Gruh-na-nee) to a one-year contract.

Gragnani (3/11/1987, 6’2”, 201 lbs.) spent the 2009-10 season with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Portland, scoring 43 points (12+31) in 66 games. His 12 goals were third among AHL blueliners, and he was 11th in defense scoring. In addition, six of Gragnani’s 12 goals were scored on the power play. In three AHL seasons with Portland/Rochester, the 23-year-old has 146 points (35+111) in 220 games. He has also played in six NHL games with the Sabres during this time.

Gragnani was drafted by Buffalo in the third round (87th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Windham's Matt Duffy signs deal with Bridgeport of the AHL

Matt Duffy signed a 1 year 2 way deal with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. More to follow

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

MAINEiacs Managing Consultant Bill Schurman on NewsTalk 91.9 in Moncton #qmjhl #maineiacshockey

MAINEiacs Managing Consultant Bill Schurman on NewsTalk 91.9 in Moncton. Thanks to 91.9 for the use of the audio!

MAINEiacs announce Darren Rumble as associate coach #qmjhl #maineiacshockey #nhl

The Lewiston MAINEiacs have announced the hiring of former National Hockey League defenseman Darren Rumble as the team's new associate coach.

"I absolutely love the dynamic that he brings to our team," said MAINEiacs Managing Consultant and Governor Bill Schurman. "The players will love his energy, and knowledge of all levels of the game, from junior hockey to the highest professional level."

The Barrie, Ontario native played in 945 career games in 16 professional seasons between the NHL, AHL, and IHL.

The former Kitchener Ranger (OHL) was drafted in the NHL's 1st round (#20 overall) in 1987 by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Along with the Flyers, Rumble had stints with the Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues and the Tampa Bay Lightning over his NHL career. In 193 regular season games, he tallied 10 goals with 26 assists, and 216 penalty minutes.

Rumble's minor pro career spanned 752 regular season games with 9 different clubs. He totaled 94 goals, 375 assists, and 469 penalty minutes in that span.

The former blueliner won the Eddie Shore trophy as the AHL's best defenseman in 1996-97, while a member of the Philadelphia Phantoms.
"We are very excited to be able to land someone like Darren," said MAINEiacs GM Roger Shannon. "With a young team and a young defense, combine Darren and [MAINEiacs assistant coach] Steve Finn and we think we hit a home run in the coaching department. Darren will work well with [MAINEiacs Head Coach] JF [Houle] and bring real solid experience to the staff."

The 41 year-old Rumble's coaching experience includes three years as an assistant coach between the AHL's Springfield Falcons (2) and Norfolk Admirals (1). In 132 games as head coach of the Admirals, he posted a record of 50 wins, 61 losses, and 11 overtime losses.

"I am really excited to be getting this opportunity to coach young men this age. I was a major junior player and I met my wife and mother of our four children playing in Kitchener, it was one of the best periods of my life." said Rumble.

"I anticipate these guys all want to make the jump to the next level of pro and that is why I am excited to work with them in Lewiston to help them reach their dreams. I am most excited at what I see Mr. Just and Roger and all the people I have met, doing in Lewiston to make things work there for the future. We cannot wait to get started and get back to the USA and get going. I am looking forward to working closely with JF and Steve and all the staff to bring another championship back to the town."


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Former #PortlandPirates Winger Tim Kennedy waived by #Sabres in contract dispute.

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 16: Tim Kennedy #13 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on January 16, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Former Portand Pirates winger Tim Kennedy was waived by the Buffalo Sabres today. According to Buffalo GM Darcy Reiger, Kennedy cleared waivers and is an unrestricted free agent.

Here is the interview courtesy

Monday, August 2, 2010

Brian Dumoulin makes Team USA final 28 #teamusa #nhl #2011IIHFWorldJr

Pine Tree Pucks has learned Brian Dumoulin has made Team USA's final 28 roster and will compete in a series of games this week against Finland and Sweden.

More details to follow

Colby Grad Gets Job With Team USA

Reagan Carey (Kentucky Co. Day/Mendham, N.J.), former captain of the Colby College women's ice hockey team who spent the past nine years working for the National Hockey League's Atlanta Thrashers, has been named USA Hockey's director of women's hockey.

"We're extremely excited for Reagan to become part of our national-office staff," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations. "She's had a huge impact on hockey in Georgia and brings a vast amount of experience to lead our growth and development efforts on the women's side."

A 2001 graduate of Colby with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Carey played four years of collegiate hockey, serving as team captain both her junior and senior year under then head coach Jen Holsten. She simultaneously played collegiate volleyball for the Mules, captaining the team from 1999-2000 under head coach Candice Parent.

As director of women's hockey, Carey's primary focus will be on the management of the women's national program, including elite development efforts of both players and coaches.

"I am honored and excited to join the USA Hockey organization at this pivotal and energizing time within the sport," Carey said. "I am eager to team up with the best players, coaches, volunteers, and supporters of girls' and women's hockey and look forward to continuing the positive momentum that has already been set in motion."

For the past two years, Carey has held the position of director of fan development and youth marketing for Atlanta Spirit, LLC, the parent company of the Thrashers and the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. In this role, she led a new branch of marketing that integrated a youth focus throughout all areas of the teams' sales, marketing, programming, sponsorship and promotional efforts. Carey also helped the Atlanta Thrashers become the first NHL team to adopt and promote USA Hockey's American Development Model.

Carey has worked for the Atlanta Thrashers under both Atlanta Spirit and AOL Time Warner's Turner Sports, the former parent company of the Thrashers, for the past nine years. A trainee for the Atlanta Thrashers' marketing department during the 2001-02 season, Carey joined the department full-time for the 2002-03 season as marketing and special projects assistant, before being named the marketing coordinator in September 2003.

She assumed the role of manager of hockey development for the Thrashers the following season in August 2004. By implementing several programs, she developed and expanded the local hockey community and established a portion of the Thrashers' website that has become the "information hub of Atlanta hockey." In January 2006, she was promoted to senior manager of fan development, before being promoted again in September 2007 to director of fan development. In that role, she created and produced the first-ever Junior NHL All-Star Hockey Tournament, lauded by the NHL and proven to be a huge success.

Through these positions, Carey has played a vital role in growing the sport of hockey at the grassroots level in the Thrashers' local community and the state of Georgia as a whole. Additionally, she serves on the Women's Sports Foundation's GoGirlGo! Marketing Committee.


(left to right) MAINEiacs Head Coach JF Houle, Minority Owner Paul Spellman and new Managing Consultant Bill Schurman
QMJHL vet Bill Schurman has been installed as the Managing Consultant for the Lewiston MAINEiacs. Bill will have control of day to day operations of the MAINEiacs. he comes from the Moncton Wildcats, where he held the General Manager position.

Please take a listen to the complete press conference below and check out the photo gallery.



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