After splitting yet another weekend series, this time against the visiting Trois-Rivieres Lions, the Maine Mariners announced on Monday that they signed forward Patrick Shea to a standard player contract. The fixtures with Trois-Rivieres included a 2-0 defeat on Friday night, followed by a resounding 4-1 win on Sunday afternoon.
Shea, a University of Maine product and former Florida Panthers draft pick, joins a team that has already seen stout scoring in the young season, led by Pascal Laberge and Lewis Zerter-Gossage. Both Laberge and Zerter-Gossage contributed mightily against the Lions, so the Mariners will hope that Shea can add to the mix in the coming games. He played four years of collegiate hockey with the Black Bears, where current Maine bench boss Ben Guite served as in the assistant role, and eventually associate head coach there in Orono as well.
During Shea’s four years of college hockey at The Alfond, the forward compiled point totals of 16, 14, 14, and 10 from 2017-2020. Not to mention his charismatic presence on social media.
To compensate for Monday’s acquisition, the Mariners simultaneously dealt forward Jonathan Desbiens to the Iowa Heartlanders.
Shea’s addition marks the fourth player or coach with a local connection over the past half year. Over the summer, Guite, 43-years-old, was appointed as the team’s head coach. Earlier in the fall, Eduards Tralmaks, another Black Bears alumni, briefly joined the team and scored hat trick last weekend against the Worcester Railers before receiving a promotion to the American Hockey League.
Last week, Maine added South Portland native Jon Gillies, who had previously played in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames. Gillies, a 27-year-old backstop, joins Jeremy Brodeur between the pipes for the Mariners. The Concord, NH native played in Friday night’s contest against Trois-Rivieres, where he allowed in two goals on 24 shots in a losing effort.
Maine does not play again until Friday night when they host the Florida Everblades at Cross Insurance Arena. After the first four games, the Mariners find themselves seated in third place in the North Division.