PORTLAND, Maine -- Former University of New England men's ice hockey player Trevor Fleurent is returning to his home state to continue playing professionally with the newest organization in the ECHL, the Maine Mariners, as it was revealed Wednesday morning (June 27).
The Mariners will start play in their inaugural season on October 13, 2018 at the Cross Insurance Arena. They are an affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Rangers within the 27-team ECHL structure, which is the premier 'AA' hockey league in the United States.
It is the third professional opportunity for Fleurent, who had previously played a full season (2017-18) with the Kongsvinger Knights in Norway (top-level league), and closed out the 2016-17 campaign with the Fayetteville FireAntz (N.C.) in the Southern Professional Hockey League (third-level).
The Biddeford native graduated from UNE in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. He was the first player in UNE program history to eclipse 100 career points, ending with 116 that included 50 goals and 66 assists. One year later, Fleurent still tops the UNE lists for goals and career games played (101), shares the season records for total goals (20) and power-play goals (10), and owns half of the four best single-game scoring performances (4 goals). He was a third team All-America selection as a senior (2016-17), while the Nor'easters posted their most victories through eight seasons of existence.