Maine Hockey Journal

A new team in town?

Lewiston, ME– According to a report in the Sun Journal this morning, another team is ready to step in if the Maineiacs decided to leave town.

David MacDonald, managing director of the Hometown Hockey Initiative and the Charlottetown Abbies of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League have an agreement that will allow MacDonald to purchase the team. It will have to be approved by the MJAHL Board of Governors and if the Maineiacs decided to move.

“I am keenly aware of the bad taste left in people’s mouth after the recent decision of the Maineiacs”, said MacDonald in a press release. “I cannot understand how someone could just walk away from the Lewiston fans…, especially after they have invested the type of money, energy , and volunteer hours that they have over the past five years to support that team”. “Our group and the structure that our local advisors have designed will ensure that that is not an option that can be reasonably considered in the future”

He also hired Diana “DeeDee” Record to be an Administrator. Dee Dee has been hired to do a very similar job with our organization as she had done with the MAINEiacs”, says MacDonald.

Under the proposed structure, the actual owners of the team would not control the vote to relocate, as they would only ever be allowed to own a combined maximum of 40% of the preferred shares that have been authorized, with no one person being allowed to own more than 24% of the authorized preferred shares.

To own preferred shares in the Club, one must live within 60 miles of Lewiston, and be a passionate hockey fan.Other benefits to the Preferred Shareholders would be the ability to receive discounts on certain events and merchandise and to receive a special newsletter that includes “insider information” on the team.

The MJAHL is “Junior A” hockey which is a step below Canadian Major Junior Hockey. Thr MJAHL is a feeder league to both the QMJHL and the NCAA. This league allows players to keep their NCAA eligibility.

Colby Gilbert (Auburn), former Edward Little standout and played for the Lewiston Maineiacs for one season played with the Antigonish Bulldogs of the MJAHL in his overage season. He was one of the league’s top scorers as he tallied 35 goals and 44 assists.

Phillip Wright who has been with the Lewiston Maineiacs this season is currently with the Bridgewater Nauss TIM-BR Mart Lumberjacks. Kirk Rafuse who was Lewiston’s third goaltender last season is playing for the Truro Bearcats along with Maineiacs 2008 4th round pick Travis Moore.

No one on the current Maine Black Bears roster played in the MJAHL. Andrew Sweetland who played for Maine last season before joining the Florida Panthers organization was the MJAHL’s leading scorer in the 2006-2007 season.

The Lewiston Maineiacs haven’t announced where they will play next season but Mark Just, the team’s owner, told WGME-13 he’s in talks with three cities which doesn’t include Lewiston.

Rumors are that an official announcement should be coming next week on Lewiston plans.

MacDonald already has a website www.maine-hockey.com for the pending move.

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