Maine hockey alumni weekend in Portland area for first time

Posted July 01, 2011, at 9:01 p.m.
Last modified July 01, 2011, at 10:30 p.m.

Due to the renovations at the University of Maine’s Alfond Arena, the hockey alumni weekend will be held in the Portland area later this month.

It is the first time the hockey alumni weekend, which is held every other year, won’t be held in Orono.

The weekend will begin with an informal gathering on Saturday night, July 30, at Rivalries Sports Pub and Grill in Portland.

The alumni hockey game will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the MHG Ice Centre in Saco, home of the Portland Junior Pirates. There will be a family skate afterwards as well as a reception.

Maine alumni hockey games have been held since 1991.

On Monday, the ninth annual Shawn Walsh Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Sable Oaks Golf Course in South Portland.

The tournament is named after the late Black Bear coach who died due to complications from kidney cancer in 2001.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will go to the men’s hockey program. More than $125,000 has been raised by the tournament and the proceeds from last year’s tournament supplied the men’s and women’s hockey programs with a five-person cold tub for the Shawn Walsh Hockey Center.

The cold tub  helps players recover from games and hard workouts.

Maine head coach Tim Whitehead said he is hoping the change of venue “will help us attract more guys from the Boston area because it’s a little easier to get there. Hopefully, we’ll get some guys who wouldn’t have been able to get up to Orono.

“We’re going to make the most of the situation. It should be a great time,” said Whitehead.

Those interested in playing can visit http://www.shawnwalshgolf.org to register online or contact tournament director Frank Jordan at 745-8501 or by email at veazieflash@yahoo.com or Carrie Kinne at 838-4488 or carriek@maine.rr.com.

Bears to face Michigan St.

The Michigan State University Spartans, who won 15 games last season and reached the NCAA Tournament, will highlight the non-league portion of the University of Maine’s field hockey schedule this coming season.

Maine, which went 13-6 a year ago and lost to New Hampshire 3-2 in the America East semifinals, will play Michigan State, which finished 15-6, on Sept. 17 in Providence.

Maine will open its season at home against Northeastern (10-11 a year ago) on Friday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. before hosting Siena (2-16) on Sunday, Aug. 28 at noon.

The following Tuesday, the Bears travel to take on Boston College (12-7) at 4 p.m.

Maine’s next two games will be at home: Sept. 4 vs. former Old Town and Black Bear star Shaunessy Saucier’s Bryant College (8-12) team at 3 and Dartmouth College (10-7) on Sept. 7 at 3.

The Black Bears will go to the Catamount Classic at the University of Vermont where it will face St. Louis (0-20) on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. before a noon game against Cornell (11-5) the next day.

Maine will again travel for games at Quinnipiac against Lehigh (3-13) and Quinnipiac (8-10) on Septh 24 and 25 at 1:00 and noon, respectively.

Conference play begins in October when Maine hosts defending conference champ Albany on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

UM athletes gain honors

A total of 137 University of Maine athletes were among the 1,282 named to the 2011 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll for grade-point averages of 3.00 or better. Sixty-eight of the 137 were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Bangor’s Smith gets Navy job

Former Bangor High School basketball star Alison Smith has been named an assistant women’s basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy.

She replaces former Cony of Augusta star Julie Veilleux on coach Stefanie Pemper’s staff. Veilleux left to become the new head coach at Colby College.

Smith spent the past three seasons as the assistant at Bowdoin College.

Bowdoin coach Adrienne Shibles has replaced Smith with K.J. Krasco.

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