Falmouth’s Ben Freeman becomes most current local star to join Mariners – Press Herald

3August 2020

Falmouth’s Ben Freeman poses outside Cross Insurance coverage Arena in Portland on Monday after signing with the ECHL’s Maine Mariners. Gregory Rec/Staff Professional Photographer Growing up in Falmouth, Ben Freeman would frequently go to Cross Insurance Arena– then known as the Cumberland County Civic Center– with his household to view the Portland Pirates or University of Maine play

hockey. This winter season, he wishes to be skating on the ice, in addition to one of his childhood pals.

Freeman, 24, signed an agreement with the Maine Mariners on Monday, signing up with Cumberland’s Ted Hart on the ECHL team’s lineup. Freeman, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound center, simply completed his profession at the University of Connecticut.

“It’s actually exciting,” said Freeman, standing outside the entryway to the arena. “I do not think I ever expected to play in this structure. It’s going to be an honor.”

He was also delighted at the possibility of having fun with Hart. The two played on the same line in Casco Bay youth hockey up till Freeman left Falmouth High after two years to play at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. They have actually remained life-long friends.

“I could not be more pleased that Teddy’s on the group,” stated Freeman. “And he’s going to show me the way.

“It gives me some confidence too, understanding that I’ll be able to lean on Ted if I have concerns. If I’m down on luck or confidence, he’ll be right there to pick me up. I’m excited about that situation.”

Hart played at Yale and in 2015 ended up being the first Maine native to play for the Mariners. He re-signed with them in June.”I’m pretty fired up about this,”stated Hart, who scored 10 objectives and included eight helps last year for the Mariners. “I can’t wait for the season to start and, hopefully, we’ll get to play together once again

.”

Ben Freeman led the University of Connecticut in scoring last season with seven objectives and 21 assists. He did not get a single charge in 33 games. University of Connecticut Sports Freeman had a standout profession at Connecticut, last year leading the Huskies in scoring with seven objectives and 21 assists. His senior year ended as Connecticut was about to start a Hockey East quarterfinal playoff series versus UMaine in Orono.” We were legit on the bus and needed to stop and turn around,” he said. “I was truly delighted about playing Maine. I believed it was an excellent match-up for us. However sadly this occurred. You simply had to roll with it.”

The one statistic that leaps out at you from Freeman’s senior year is that, remarkably, he did not pick up a single penalty minute in 33 games. He was awarded the Hockey East Len Ceglarski Award for Sportsmanship.

Freeman made fun of the concept that he played penalty-free.

“Sneaky,” he said. “You have actually got to know when to take the penalties and when to hide it.”

Asked if he, indeed, had devoted any penalties that weren’t called, he stated, “Oh yeah, for sure.”

That’s probably great news for Mariners head coach Riley Armstrong, who spoke with Freeman about the requirement to be more physical at the expert level. At 6-5, Freeman makes sure to be challenged in the ECHL.

“I’m not stating he has to fight, but at the level you need to use edge and with a little grit,” stated Armstrong. “I’m not a coach to get on a gamer for taking a charge, it’s going to occur. However he has to utilize his size to his advantage at the pro level and get in there. He’ll require to discover that edge in his game and play to that edge.”

Freeman comprehends that. “I’m prepared to do whatever the group needs me to do,” he said. “I have actually seen a few of these (ECHL) games and it is physical, however so is Hockey East. I’m well ready and I’m training hard this summer season and stronger than I’ve ever been previously.

“I utilize my height to my benefit and the physicality, I welcome it.”

Armstrong said there is much to like about Freeman’s game. He led Hockey East by winning 359 faceoffs and likewise blocked 20 shots.

“And I think we can get a lot more out of his offensive video game,” said Armstrong. “Playing him down low where he can use his body.”

Armstrong stated having 2 local professional athletes on the roster is an excellent way to lure fans into the structure.

“I think the greatest element of professional minor leagues is the fan-to-player relationship,” stated Armstrong. “I believe when have those local men, people understand where they grew up and where they played high school hockey and how they won high school champions.

“Fans gravitate to those gamers. However this is not a charity case where we state, ‘Let’s sign those local men.’ Ted Hart had an unbelievable season for us last year and we’re hoping that Ben steps in as a rookie.”

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