Maine Hockey Journal

Maine Moose have new ownership

The Maine Moose are under new ownership.

Steve Levesque and Tom McBrierty have sold their stake in the franchise to Ben Gray.

Gray, a 27-year old native from Farmingdale, toiled around the ECHL with several teams before he settled back in Maine, and helped coached the Maine Moose Super Elite team for the previous two seasons.

No terms were disclosed, but franchises in the IJHL have been valued between 10,000 and 15,000.

The Moose were founded in 2006 when Levesque started the franchise as a way to promote hockey in Central Maine.

Levesque felt it was time for him and the franchise to move in a new direction.

“It’s been a great experience, we’ve been doing it for four years, but it was time to do other things,” Levesque told the Kennebec Journal.

Levesque said in a statement on their website that Gray was the right man for the job in taking the Moose to the next level.

“I am very pleased that Ben Gray has taken over the reins of the Moose. He has a great hockey pedigree and the right attitude and work ethic to carry on the college development tradition established by the program’s founders.”

According to the statement, the Moose will see some changes next season, although not too drastic.

For the upcoming 2010-2011 season the Maine Moose will ice a Junior A team and a split-season Midget AAA team. The Junior A team will continue to compete in the IJHL Super Elite division, with teams throughout the northeast US. The new Midget AAA team will be an affiliate member of the IJHL Elite division, compete in the State of Maine league and regional tournaments. The Moose play at the historic Kennebec Ice Arena (KIA) in Hallowell, Maine, a 1,000 seat facility.

The Moose are thrilled that Coach Chad Foye will return as the Junior A coach for the 2010-11 season and Mr. Gray is currently recruiting his coach for the Midget AAA team and the Assistant Coach for the Junior A team.

Gray is excited to get things going for next season, which will get started in May when the Moose hold a tryout for Maine players.

“I would like to thank Steve Levesque and Tom McBrierty for the excellent work they have done over the last few seasons to establish the Moose franchise,” said Gray in a statement. “I am excited about this new chapter in the Moose story and look forward to the season ahead of us. I have been in these players shoes before and I am thrilled to be able to assist their careers and help them reach the next level in their hockey endeavors.”

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