Maine Hockey Journal

Grenache and Orrpars leave the Maineiacs

Lewiston, ME – The Lewiston Maineiacs have sent home 20-year old forward Samuel Grenache.

The gritty forward had no points and nine penalty minutes in four games. Last season, he had six goals and two assists in 18 games with 49 penalty minutes with the Montreal Junior.

“He just felt as a twenty year old, a twenty year old should play in the top six,” said Maineiacs’ Head Coach and President Don MacAdam. “He was disappointed he wasn’t in the top six.”

Grenache was acquired just before the start of the season for a third round draft pick in 2011, and at the time he was very excited to be playing in Lewiston, however, somewhere along the way that changed for Grenache as he spoke with team management about his situation following Saturday’s game.

“We would never base a player for the entire season on their first four games,” mentioned MacAdam.

Oskar OrrparsThe team also lost the services of Oscar Orrpars. The 17-year old Swede has returned to Sweden for personal reasons. He didn’t appear in any regular season games for the Maineiacs.

“He had family issues to address,” MacAdam said.

MacAdam doesn’t believe Orrpars will return to Lewiston this season.

With the team down to 13 forwards, the team will only go out and pick up a quality player.

“Mark (Just) wanted a roster of quality players that wanted to be here,” MacAdam strongly pointed out. “If we have the opportunity to add a couple of player that fall in that category, we will be more than happy to.”


Carrier back on the ice.

After leaving the game on Friday night with apparent concussion like symptoms, Samuel Carrier has returned to the ice on Wednesday.

“He skated on his own today,” MacAdam said. “He will be skating with the team tomorrow.”

MacAdam’s plan is to play him this weekend.

“Our expectations are he will play this weekend.”


Gelinas extending his stay in New Jersey

The team expected to have Eric Gelinas back by now, but the New Jersey Devils have been impressed with the 18-year old’s play.

“I spoke to Lou Lamoriello yesterday and they are impressed with his play,” MacAdam mentioned.

Gelinas could be back in the Maineiacs line-up this weekend.

The team returns to the ice on Friday night for a tilt in Montreal at 7:35pm. They travel home on Sunday to face the Chicoutimi Sagueneens at 4pm.

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