Maine Hockey Journal

The MJAHL could impact hockey throughout the state

With Dave MacDonald trying to bring a Maritime Junior “A” Hockey Club (MJAHL) to Lewiston, it will have an affect throughout the Maine hockey community.

“That would be certainly great development for college hockey and our program in particular,” said Maine Head Coach Tim Whitehead. “The Maritimes are our backyard. We had some tremendous players from there going way back to Scott Pellerin, Andrew Sweetland, and Teddy Purcell.”

Scott Pellerin (1988-1992) and Teddy Purcell (2006-2007) didn’t play in the MJAHL but went out west to the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Pellerin did play in the Moncton Flyers of the New Brunswick-Prince Edward Island Midget league.

Andrew Sweetland (2007-2008) came from the Maritime league where he scored 56 goals and added 61 assists. He led the Amherst Ramblers and the league in scoring during the 2006-2007 season.

“It would be great for junior hockey in the state of Maine,” Whitehead said. “It would be really great just not only Maritime players but the junior hockey players in the state of Maine.”

MacDonald would like to add local flavor to the roster. He mentioned on Wednesday during the Sun Journal’s live chat, his scouts have been looking in the Maine high school ranks.

In the chat, I asked if his scouts had a chance to speak with local players about playing for the potential team.

“It is our hope that we will talk to one or two this weekend,” says MacDonald

If a team is in place for next season, at least two local players will be drafted. Each team has two territorial picks. Teams are allowed to select two players who played hockey in their area as territorial picks. Overall the team can only have seven players outside the Atlantic Provinces.

MacDonald and his group are waiting for the Lewiston Maineiacs to make their decision on where they call home next season. They have until March 15th to make their decision. MacDonald still needs approval from the MJAHL Board of Governors for the approval of the Charlottetown Abbies to Lewiston.

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