BOSTON — University of Maine assistant coach Bob Corkum said his son, Kelen, has been symptom-free from post-concussion syndrome for seven months and is looking forward to becoming a member of the hockey program next season.
Kelen Corkum hasn’t played in nearly a year and a half following the last in a series of concussions.
“He has been working out like a madman,” said Bob Corkum who noted that his son will be taking classes and has already been accepted into school and been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Kelen Corkum is a hard-nosed center who can also play wing. He played for the United States Under-18 team and actually played against Maine before a string of concussions eventually left him with an uncertain future.
He last played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs.
He will have a follow-up visit with renowned head injury specialist and Hermon native, Dr. Mickey Collins in Pittsburgh later this spring.
“The most important thing for me is the improvement in his quality of life,” said Bob Corkum. “We’ll get him out on the ice next season and see how it goes.”
Cheerleaders on the ice
You may not know their names but they have performed at every University of Maine home game this season and at the TD Garden for the Hockey East semifinals and final.
They were the University of Maine’s first skating cheerleaders: Britni Michaud from Sabattus, Michelle Armes from Brunswick and Amanda Nadeau from Old Orchard Beach.
The idea belonged to Michaud.
“I love going to the games and thought it would be nice to have skating cheerleaders so I talked to the athletic director [Blake James] about it,” said Michaud.
James liked the idea and the trio took the ice.
Nadeau studied abroad this semester, however.
All three expect to be back next season.
Armes said Michaud talked her into it and the women said they have enjoyed themselves.
“I love it,” said Michaud with Armes in agreement.
Armes admitted being nervous before her first game.
“I hadn’t skated in 10 years but my sister, Melissa, bought me a pair of skates for Christmas. My sister went to Maine,” said Armes.
The women have a number of routines including tossing souvenir shirts into the crowd; dancing to the pep band’s tunes and interacting with Bananas the Bear.
Martin a noticeable fan
The University of Maine received outstanding support in Boston over the weekend and one of the most noticeable Maine fans was Lori Martin of Charleston.
She dyes her hair blue beginning in September to show her support for the team.
“I used to wear a blue wig but when I’d jump up and down and cheer, the wig would wind up in my eyes,” explained Martin.
Martin began following the team in the 1990s and the 1999 NCAA championship elevated her interest.
She has been a season ticket holder for three years.
“I love the team,” said Martin.