Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs add local owner; assistant coach

Timing can be everything and the timing couldn’t be any more perfect for J. Paul Spellman to take on the challenge with the Lewiston Maineiacs.

Spellman has invested in the team, and as a result become part-owner of the franchise with majority owner Mark Just.

Spellman is a long time resident of Auburn, and was the Chief Operating Officer of Federal Distributors, who is a distributor of Anheuser-Busch products in Maine.

As an avid hockey fan in Lewiston, he’s shown support the Maineiacs as a longtime season ticketholder, and one of the founding members of Lewy’s Legion. When there was the potential of the Maineiacs leaving Lewiston, he became part of the potential ownership group to bring a Maritime Junior “A” Hockey League team to Lewiston.

However, with the announcement last summer that Maineiacs were going to stay in Lewiston, he spent some time pondering the possibility of joining the ownership group.

“Paul has been considering ownership in the Maineiacs for a while,” said Maineiacs GM Roger Shannon. “He felt the climate was now (perfect) for him to jump in headfirst.”

While Spellman will only be a minority owner, he will be taking a much more hands on approach with day-to-day operations of the team, trying to grow the fan base and corporate support for the club.

“Paul will be a front office business guy,” said Shannon. “All his years experience will go a long way in working closely with our new President in terms of knowing the local market, and showing him the local market, it is a great business asset to have Paul Spellman on board for this team.”

What wasn’t revealed was who was going to be the next team president, but it’s expected that position will be filled at a later date.

The Maineiacs also made a move that will have an effect in to the on-ice product as they’ve hired Steve Finn as a part-time coach and defensive consultant.

Finn, who’s son Sam is part of the of the team, spent 12 years in the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques, Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings. He was a co-captain of the Nordiques, where he spent the majority of his career, along with Joe Sakic during the 1990-’91 season.

Maineiacs’ GM Roger Shannon felt that Finn joining the organization would boost the team’s ability to scout in Quebec.

“Steve will assist me and Tim in overseeing things in Quebec with our three scouts, the Province is so big, it is critical you have things well in hand in Quebec with players,” he said. “Steve will keep an eye on things in Quebec for the team, nothing is changing in Quebec, all our scouts are still in place and will remain in place.”

Finn will be staying in Quebec the majority of the time, but plans to make regular trips down to Lewiston with the team’s defense.

(Files from Nathan Fournier contributed to this story)

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