Wednesday, 30 March 2022 12:04

PTC hits the ice with ‘Hockey Mom’

BANGOR – Penobscot Theatre Company is taking to the ice with their latest production.

The fictional town of Clara, Maine, has been Travis G. Baker’s wellspring for three plays with world premieres at Penobscot Theatre Company. The latest, “Hockey Mom,” may well be the best; this new show runs through April 16 at the Bangor Opera House.

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ORONO - This week, I got the chance to sit down with Jeremy Swayman, a freshman goalie for the University of Maine Black Bears hockey team.

In addition, the 18-year-old Alaskan was taken in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft with the 111th pick by the Boston Bruins.

Swayman played the 2016-17 hockey season for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, posting a .914 save percentage and a 2.90 goals against average. He attended Bruins development camp earlier this summer; fellow Black Bear goalie Rob McGovern was there as well.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 13:32

The Sports Edge – King Football

From somewhere around the time Shawn Walsh led the Maine Black Bear hockey team to their first Frozen Four in Lake Placid, New York in the late 1980s, the ice hockey program has been the crown jewel of University of Maine athletics. 

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Bill Foley has put his money down on an NHL expansion team in Las Vegas. And Quebec City is getting a second chance at being a pro hockey market.

The two cities moved one step closer to joining the NHL as expansion teams after the league announced Tuesday it has received applications from prospective ownership groups in both markets, a day after a deadline for submissions.

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:51

Bandwagon jumpers unite!

I grew up a fan of all of the major sports but there was a clearly established priority. Baseball was my favorite, followed closely by football, then basketball, and hockey a distant fourth. Much of this had to do with television coverage. NBA and college basketball games were a television rarity, and it seemed you'd only catch a hockey game if the Bruins were making a playoff run. Though I knew the names of guys like Orr and Esposito, even Hull and Mikita, it was really only the stars you read about in the paper or 'Sports Illustrated' that were familiar.

As time went on and other claims to my time came along, I changed my sports viewing habits. I've always watched the Sox when I could, and nothing beats NFL Sundays, but I haven't been able to digest a full NBA game since the days of Bird, McHale and Parish, and I hadn't paid much attention to the NHL since Peter Puck was a television staple.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:24

Small state, big dreams

Maine is a small state. For most of us, most of the time, that's a good thing. We've chosen to live a bit off the beaten path because we prefer the somewhat slower pace, the open spaces and (bath salts addicts notwithstanding) the fact that things are relatively safe around here. Small is good when it means few traffic jams, a lack of smog, and the front page of the paper is devoted to hermits and not serial killers. One downside is the occasional lack of perspective and the need to have a taste of the big time life, which leads me to the subject of University of Maine hockey.


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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:57

Boston College wins NCAA hockey title

TAMPA, Fla. - Boston College is making winning NCAA hockey titles look easy.

Coach Jerry York and star goalie Parker Milner know how hard it really is.

'You can't buy one of these championships,' York said Saturday night after the Eagles beat Ferris State 4-1 for their fifth NCAA championship and third in five seasons.

'You have to earn them. And this team definitely earned it.'

Milner, the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player, made 27 of his 33 saves in the final two periods.

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ORONO - The Third Watch hockey team has invited the public to join them for a benefit hockey game vs. the UMaine Selects (Tim Whitehead, Jack Cosgrove and Bob Corkum, to name a few). They are playing hockey to raise money for the Leroy Patterson Scholarship Fund. The game is slated for April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Alfond Arena. Admission is free and donations at the door are welcome.

Third Watch is a group of emergency personnel who enjoy playing hockey. They play to raise money for great charities and to just have fun. The 2011 -2012 season marks their 12th season as a team. The team plays in a men's league in Brewer and we also have a travel team for fund-raising events. To date they have raised over $110,000 dollars for various charitable organizations. For more information you can check out

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:24

Fair weather complainers

First, congratulations to the University of Maine men's hockey team for battling to the Hockey East Championship game and earning a berth at the NCAA tournament. Twenty-three wins and counting...

Second, congrats to the UMaine hockey fans (well, most of them) for actually acknowledging that the Bears are still playing into late March.

To some of you I just can't take it anymore. You've finally pushed me too far! By "you," I mean the UMaine hockey "fans" who want to see nothing more than Tim Whitehead fail and be fired, as though the program would be better off if that happened.

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Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:52

It's off to the quarterfinals

UMaine secures home-ice advantage in win over UNH

ORONO It wasn't a high-powered offensive game by any means, but the University of Maine Black Bears hung on to an early 1-0 lead against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday to win both the game and home-ice advantage for the first round of Hockey East quarterfinals.

While dubbed Senior Night, the game was all sophomores with goalie Dan Sullivan and defenseman Brice O'Connor leading the Black Bears to victory after O'Connor scored the only goal of the game and Sullivan ended the night with his second shutout of the year.

The win was the 20th of the season for the Black Bears, who improve to 20-11-3 on the season and 15-10-2 in Hockey East play. New Hampshire fell to 14-17-3 overall and 11-14-2 in conference play.

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