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FORMER MARINER BRAZEAU SCORES IN NHL DEBUT

Monday, February 19th
FORMER MARINER BRAZEAU SCORES IN NHL DEBUT

PORTLAND, ME – February 19, 2024 – Former Maine Mariners forward Justin Brazeau made his NHL debut on Monday afternoon, suiting up for the Boston Bruins in their home game against the Dallas Stars, and scoring his first career goal. Brazeau became the first Mariners alumni to play for the Bruins in a regular season game under the affiliation, which is in its third season.

Playing on Boston’s fourth line, Brazeau was on the ice for each of the Bruins’ first two goals in their 4-3 shootout victory over the Stars. The second goal belonged to him at 1:32 of the 2nd period, finishing a pass from Jesper Boqvist in the low slot to tie the game at two. The game ultimately went to a 10-round shootout, but Brazeau did not have an attempt as Charlie McAvoy netted the game-winner and University of Maine alumnus Jeremy Swayman made the game-ending save. Brazeau finished the game with a +2 rating and four shots on goal.

The Bruins announced on Monday that Brazeau had signed a two-year, two-way contract, promoting him from his American Hockey League deal with Providence. This season was Brazeau’s third under contract with Providence – a stint which began in Maine at the start of the 2021-22 season. That season, Brazeau played in 18 games and put up 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists), being named to the ECHL All-Star Classic. He was called up to Providence in early December of 2021, where he remained for the rest of the season.

Prior to his time in the Bruins organization, Brazeau played in the Toronto Maple Leafs system, both for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers. The 26-year-old forward who stands at 6’5, 220 pounds, was born in New Liskeard, Ontario.

Brazeau becomes the fifth Mariners alumnus to reach the NHL after playing in Maine, joining defenseman Sean Day (Tampa Bay Lightning), forward Michael Pezzetta (Montreal Canadiens), and goaltenders Adam Huska (New York Rangers), and Jon Gillies (St. Louis/New Jersey). Gillies had prior NHL experience with the Calgary Flames before joining the Mariners.

The Mariners begin a six-game road trip on Wednesday at Kalamazoo, taking on the Wings at 7:00 PM, in their first ever meeting. They’ll then head to Toledo, Cincinnati, and Norfolk before returning home for a 10:30 AM “School Day” game on Tuesday, March 5th vs. Worcester. Single game tickets for all regular season home games are on sale at MarinersOfMaine.com or at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena. More information on ticket packages and group discounts can be found by calling 833-GO-MAINE or visiting the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland. The 2023-2024 season is presented by Hannaford to Go.

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