Yesterday a press release form the offices of the Maine Mariners came out with big Maine news.

A former Cumberland resident and Greely grad signed a standard player contract with the Mariners. Ted Hart is coming off an NCAA Division I career at Yale University and will attempt to become the first Maine born player to play for the Mariners, according to the press release.

Ted comes from a family of hockey players who all went to Greely High School in Cumberland and on to Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He has 2 older brothers who have had some ECHL experience. His oldest brother Kevin attended Providence and debuted in the ECHL with the Elmira Jackals in the 2014-15 season.

He also had a 4 game stint with the Worcester Railers during last season. His other brother Brian is currently a forward for the Dundee Stars in Scotland, but played previously for Kalamazoo and Greenville. He’s also played in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch.

Ted isn't the first Mainer to try and make the cut to play for the Mariners. Biddeford native Trevor Fleurent signed with the Mariners last summer, stayed with the team through the preseason, but then he was released. Brian Billett from Brunswick, a goaltender, was also at last year's training camp but didn't make the cut.

So a Maine native has yet to play for the Mariners during the regular season, which kicks off Friday, October 11th at the Cross Insurance Arena against the Adirondack Thunder at 7:15. Let's see how it goes!