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Members of the Yarmouth Mariners pose with a young fan and the MHL Cup at Mariners Centre on April 22, 2023 (Ken Chetwynd Photo)

Mariners turn page on record season, prepare for MHL draft

By Kevin Northup May 24, 2023 | 2:19 PM

What’s next for the Yarmouth Mariners?

After a tight quarterfinal loss at the Centennial Cup last Friday, the team arrived back in Yarmouth late on Victoria Day Monday evening.

They’re now saying goodbye to their seven 20-year old players.

They include co-captains Kieran Burke and Ben Roode along with Tamy Ettaqi, Nathan Kelly, Reilly Mayne, Andrew Stuckless and Lower Wedgeport’s Ryan Semple.

Head Coach and GM Laurie Barron says they were great leaders.

“For all our 20 year olds, we wish them nothing but the best. They all leave here as champions. Championship teams are welded together for a lifetime. We’ll hope to see them back for our ring and banner ceremony in September,” said Barron.

The Mariners became the only team in MHL history to go a perfect 12-0 in the playoffs, and won their third championship in franchise history.

Next comes the MHL Draft on June 15th, and team scouts have been busy preparing.

With a talented crop of returning players, Barron will look to re-stock the cupboards and have another great season.

“We’ve got meetings this week and we’ll get up to speed. We want to make sure we get the best possible players for the style that we play.”

The team held a closing banquet last night for players and staff.


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