Maine Hockey Journal

MacAdam sees potential in the free agent invitees

Lewiston, ME – The 44 players that make up the Lewiston Maineiacs training camp roster are expected to show up and give it their all.

“I am leaving that wide open,” said Lewiston Maineiacs President and Head Coach Don MacAdam regarding his expectations for the first day of camp. “I am not going to set expectations other than we want to see people play hard.”

Out of the 44 players coming into camp, five are invited free agents. Ian O’Brien and Damian Pinheiro are both goaltenders invited by the team. They join Adrien Lemay and Phillip Wright who both saw time in Lewiston last year. Also coming to camp are Jordan Kennedy, Tyler Piercy, and Charles Grant who were all drafted this summer.

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“They bring more experience than the drafted goalies,” MacAdam mentioned. “I saw them both them play last week in Fredericton at the UNB (University of New Brunswick) camp. They both stood out in different ways, the styles are different but they both competed hard.”

There will be seven goalies at camp and MacAdam believes that you can’t have too much depth at the most important position.

“Why not?” laughed MacAdam on having seven goalies in camp. “It’s the key position on the hockey team. We felt we needed to develop depth at the position hence the draft where we drafted the three goalies.”

Adrien Lemay is the leader in the clubhouse as the team’s number one goaltender according to MacAdam.

“Lemay is the starter coming into camp but that’s the way any team has it. It’s his job to lose.”

Also coming to training camp are two local players. Defenseman Eric Bonawitz iof Lewiston and forward Shawn Hird, who lives across the river in Auburn.

“Bonawitz talked with us. With Hird, Jamie Dumont (Maineiacs assistant coach) knew Hird and suggested we invited him to camp,” MacAdam pointed out. “One of our scouts who followed Bonawitz the last a couple years and felt he made improvement in his game.”

MacAdam doesn’t want the perception to be that bringing in local players is a public relations move.

“This is not a PR (public relations) move at all,” said MacAdam. “We feel everyone coming to our camp can make our team, including the local players.”

The final free agent invitee is forward Jared Hicks and MacAdam likes what he sees.

“I saw him last week at the camp. I really I liked what I saw from him in his game last week. He was really creative with the puck and he was going to the right places.”

Although he’s not on roster at this moment, Anthony Pisano is pulling a Brett Favre.

“He accepted, then he declined, and he wanted to comeback,” MacAdam said. “We are not quite sure where he’s at. If we see him, great and if not, that’s fine too.”

Unlike Favre, Pisano can’t show up whenever he wants.

“The deadline is (Tuesday),” MacAdam stated.

Also making his Maineiacs debut this week is Mathieu Gingras who was acquired in a trade with the Saint John Sea Dogs.

“We feel he will be one of our top forwards,” MacAdam said. “We expect him to be in our top six.”

Gingras missed a portion of the season because of mono. He started the year with the Drummondville Voltigeurs before being traded to Saint John. The winger registered 15 points including seven goals in 50 total games.

Training camp opens on Wednesday with the goalies hitting the ice at 8am. The first scrimmage is Wednesday night at 7pm.

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