Maine Hockey Journal

Anthoine dealt to Sioux Falls; another commitment to Maine

Over the weekend, Lewiston native and 2010 Maine recruit Mark Anthoine was traded from the Chicago Steel to the Sioux Falls Stampede.

“I actually found out before the game on Saturday against Green Bay,” said Anthoine. Some of us veteran players sort of could see it coming, we weren’t really sure if (Chicago) was going to make a big move.”

The Stampede is third in the Western Division with a record of 22-9-9 and the Steel weren’t having the season they were expecting with a record of 15-20-5.

“It has a lot do with it,” Anthoine said about the direction both teams were going. “(Chicago) coaches were looking to the future, because we had such a downfall. I was given an opportunity and Sioux Falls was looking for an offensive player.”

“I am coming in to help them win a Clark Cup.”

Anthoine was having an outstanding year with Steel as he accumulated 21 goals and 18 helpers in 39 games.

Anthoine joined Sioux Falls on Tuesday night in Lincoln, Nebraska in a 5-2 loss to the Lincoln Stars.

“I hadn’t been on the ice since Friday and I had one practice on Monday,” he said. “I went over video with the coach and systems because the systems are a little different.”

Maine thinks the trade will help his development.

“I talked to Tim Whitehead on Sunday, on my drive up and let him know,” Anthoine added. “They definitely think it’s a great opportunity for me.”

Sebastien Gingras chooses Maine

On Monday the University of Maine Black Bears received a verbal commitment from defenseman Sebastien Gingras for the 2011 season who visited the campus over the weekend.

The 18-year old is having an outstanding rookie season with the Brockville Braves of the Central Junior Hockey League. In 49 games he has 11 goals and 34 assists which put him in second in the league for points by a defenseman.

He also represented Canada East at the World Junior “A” Challenge where he accumulated a goal and two assists in four game. He played his minor hockey with the famed Lac St. Louis Lions hockey program in Montreal, Quebec.

He was a fourth round pick of the Prince Edward Rock in the 2007 QMJHL Draft. His father is former NHL’er Gaston Gingras who played for the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gingras becomes the third defenseman to commit for the 2011 season in the last month joining Scarborough native Jacob Rutt and Brian Harris.

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