PORTLAND – Ben Guite and the Maine Mariners are just over a week away from opening up their season, with the Worcester Railers coming to down next Friday for a show down at the Cross Insurance Arena.
Friday will be the Mariners’ first game in nearly 20 months after missing out on their entire last season due to the pandemic.
This time around, there will be a couple of former Black Bears down in Portland for the opener, including former Maine forward Brendan Robbins, who graduated from Maine back in 2019.
“To be back with Coach Guite again is awesome. I had a great four years with him there. Had a good experience, we had a great relationship and had some success up in Orono with the Black Bears and looking forward to doing it again this year,” Robbins said.
Guite took over as the Mariners head coach this past spring, after serving as a Maine hockey assistant and briefly interim head coach head coach following the passing of Red Gendron.
The Mariners will play their first exhibition this coming Friday down in Lewiston, but even with opening night still over a week away, Guite has been pleased with what he’s seen so far from his new team.
“The energy from the guys has been unbelievable, like their enthusiasm for just being back on the ice and getting ready for a season,” Guite said. “It’s all coming to an end here as far as the wait and just being able to play hockey again and having fans back in the building so it’s been really good.”