While Newfoundland and Labrador is welcoming their very own ECHL team in their inaugural season — the Newfoundland Growlers — another Newfoundlander is making his own debut with different ECHL team, the Maine Mariners.
Ken Neil of Clarenville signed with the Mariners earlier this summer and will be a part of the team’s roster for the 2018-19 season.
In a team news release, the Maine Mariners announced the signing of the five-foot-eight-inch forward.
Having spent the 2017-18 season in the SPHL with the Pensacola Ice Flyers, Neil joins the new Mariners team in their first season.
In 38 games with the Flyers last season, the 26-year-old scored 14 goals and had 11 assists. Prior to the 2017-18 season, he had six points for Pensacola upon graduating from SUNY Oswego.
Neil was the assistant captain for his senior season at Oswego, leading the team in scoring with 43 points in 25 games. He amassed 122 points in 102 games in four seasons at the New York state University.
He also played with the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL before college, registering 85 points in one season and 77 points in the next in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
“We have been searching for a center and we feel Ken adds more depth for us up the middle,” said Mariners head coach Riley Armstrong in the news release. “He put up some good numbers in college hockey and I’m looking forward seeing Ken at training camp.”
The Mariners are an affiliate of the New York Rangers NHL team, and begin their ECHL season on Oct. 13.