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