Maine Hockey Journal

Leveille and Purcell return to the Alfond

Orono, ME– It couldn’t be scripted any better for Michel Leveille. The former Maine standout recorded his first goal of the season for the Manchester Monarchs in the 4-3 shootout loss at the Alfond Arena. “It felt wonderful; it was my first goal of the year too. It was funny it happened here. I got the monkey off my back,” said Leveille.

Leveille is having a decent season. Coming into the game, he just had six assists in seventeen games. “I had a slow start. I am playing well but just can’t finish. I got to keep working hard and hopefully the goals will go in for me.”

The Manchester Monarchs also have another former Maine Black Bear. Teddy Purcell is in his second season with the Monarchs. Last year he had 25 goals and 58 assists in 67 contests. He also spent ten games with the Los Angeles Kings where he tallied a goal and two assists.

“They (Los Angeles Kings) wanted me to be more consistent, win more puck battles and be urgent to get to the loose puck. They are pretty happy with the points I am putting up. Hopefully I am up there soon,” said Teddy Purcell.

Overall the team has turned it on the last past few games. “Things are going good. We had a slow start. We got a young team but we’ve been putting some wins together,” said Purcell.

He was excited to see Leveille as a teammate again. “It’s nice. We had good chemistry in college. When he signed with Manchester, I was pretty excited to see him again and be his teammate again. It’s nice to have him around.”

Leveille had the same sentiment. “He’s great. We are great friends. He’s a great hockey player,” Leveille said.

Both players were ecstatic to play at the Alfond Arena again. Purcell was lucky enough to play here last year when the two same teams played at the Alfond. The Manchester Monarchs defeated the Portland Pirates 6-2 last year in this building. He had a four goal night.

It was pretty exciting to see the schedule last year and fortunately this year again,” said Purcell “No definitely not. I came here over the summer to skate with the guys (Maine). I never thought I would play a game here, Leveille said with a smile.

Both players were able to get to see some old faces. “I saw the coaching staff here. I saw a couple of my former teammates like Simon Danis-Pepin, Billy Ryan, and (Chris) Hahn. I had a nice dinner with them last night. I keep in touch with all those guys. It was always nice to see those guys,” said Purcell.

“We got here last night, so I got to see a couple of friends and went had to have dinner with the friends. So I got a chance to see people here and there around the Alfond,” said Leveille.

Both players enjoyed their time at the University of Maine. Michel Leivelle spent five years with the Black Bears. After a year with the Namaino Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2000-2001 where he had 22 goals and 27 assists in 45 games. He started his career with the Black Bears in 2003-2004. In his four seasons, he had 52 goals and 96 assists in 152 games.

“My time at UMaine was great. I was here for five years (red shirted a year). I was surrounded by great people, friends of Maine Hockey, fans, and friends.”

Purcell spent two years with the Cedar RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League where he was an USHL 2nd team All-Star in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. He only spent a year with the Black Bears but it was a memorable one. In 40 games in the 2006-2007 season where Maine went to the Frozen Four, he had 16 goals and 27 assists. He was also named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year.

“It was good. Even though I was only here a year, it opened a lot a doors for me. It got me signed with the Kings. I have to give a lot of credit to the program, the coaches and the development I had in that short year. I played a lot of good players that year and I am really happy to come here (Maine),” said Purcell.

Notes: The Manchester Monarchs also have another player with Maine connections. Los Angeles Kings 2006 1st round draft pick Jonathan Bernier who spent the last four years with the Lewiston MAINEiacs. He was the back-up Tuesday night. This season with Monarchs he has a 5-4-2 record, with a 2.63 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.

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