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About Us

 

The Maine Gladiators are proud to contribute to the development of our youth through the game of hockey. We are committed to providing opportunities to learn basic skating skills and participate successfully in a team sport.

Our organization can proudly say we have been in the business of hockey since the 1960s. Originally started by parents who brought their love of the game to their kids, we continue this tradition of non-profit volunteer based programming.

 


Maine Gladiators Hockey Programs

Maine Gladiators offers:

  • Tier 2, 3, and 4 programs
  • Dunkin' Munchkins Learn to Play, Bruins Academy, Mini Mites, Mites
  • Midgets and Girl Teams

Top Notch Facility

Auburn's Norway Savings Bank Arena is the ONLY arena in Maine with dual rinks.  As the premier tenant, the Gladiators enjoy convenient, consistent ice times.  

Players enjoy the large, modern locker rooms and parents enjoy the heated mezzanine area with direct sight lines to the ice.  

Free wifi, a bar & grill, and clean facilities means going to hockey practice has never been so enjoyable.

National Recognition

USA Hockey has recognized the Maine Gladiators for utilizing the latest Age Development Model in growing our players.  

Featured in an article at the start of the 2015-2016 season, our league is commended for building a love for the game by using age-appropriate standards developed and endorsed by USA hockey.  

Exceptional Value

When looking to join a league, we encourage parents to price compare. Assessments can vary - sometimes by thousands of dollars - the Maine Gladiators are cost-conscious without mandating fundraising.    

Thanks to our non-profit status and generous support from our sponsors, we are able to keep costs down, maximize ice time, and gift each player a practice jersey and socks each season.  Game jerseys are provided without cost as long as they are returned in acceptable condition.  

Tier 2 & 3 teams practice 2 - 3 hours per week.  Tier 4 teams practice 1-2 hours per week.  Our volunteer coaches attend training classes and our paid consultants are regularly available throughout the season to oversee player development. 

In all these ways, the Gladiators respect your hard earned hockey dollars and provide exceptional value.

Competitive Play

The Maine Gladiators are proud of how well our teams compete at a local and regional level.  The past few years, most of our teams have qualified for state tournaments and many teams have won titles at invitationals throughout New England.

Multiple Gladiator players have been named to festival teams (New England All-Star teams).  

During the 2017-2018 season, two Gladiator teams represented the state of Maine at the TD Garden Bruins Mini 1-on-1 and were featured on NESN.com. The Gladiator squirts won an all expense paid trip to the NHL All Star Game!

Most local high school players got their start in our organization; Gladiator alumni currently play for Edward Little, St. Dom's, Lewiston High, and prep schools.

Tournament Play

The Gladiators proudly host these popular tournaments:

Each  Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam team participates in one home and one away tournament each season.

Teamwork and Citizenship

Our goal is to help grow great players AND great people. The Gladiators GIVE program invites all players to participate in a service project each season in order to help build teamwork and citizenship skills.

Watch a video highlighting our 2016 GIVE project.  

FREE Dunkin' Learn to Play

Thanks to a generous sponsorship grant from Dunkin' Donuts, we are able to provide children free introductory hockey instruction (ages 4 and up).  

We also have free equipment to loan - just pay us a small deposit that is fully refundable when equipment is returned in good condition.  

Learn more about our Free Dunkin' Learn to Play Program.

Boston Bruins Partnership

The Maine Gladiators are honored to host Bruins Academy with an emphasis on growing the game of hockey to continue to feed NHL teams with USA players.  For one low price, the Bruins will outfit your child from head to toe and the Gladiators will provide on-ice instruction!


Consultants

Jamie Dumont - Skills

Jamie Dumont has been Head Coach of Bowdoin since 2016 after coaching stops in Europe, the Canadian Hockey League and Bowling Green State University.

A 1997 graduate of Oswego State University Dumont was a key member of the Great Lakers and started his coaching career there. He also earned coaching experience in Europe, the American Junior Hockey League and Division I Bowling Green State University.

Tanya Quigley - Skating

Tanya assists players in developing their skating ability.

"At age of 18 I became a professional chorus line skater with the Ice Capades and toured for 3 years. I then became a figure and hockey skating coach. I have been working with hockey players within new England for over 20 years. I have been teaching players that range in age of 3 to college the technical side if skating."

Ray Jean - Goalie Development

Jean is a former goaltender at the University of Maine and Bentley University who played professionally in the American Hockey League, the East Coast Hockey League and the Central Hockey League. For more than a decade, Jean has operated his own goaltending school, and served as the UMaine Black Bears’ goaltending coach from 2013-2016.

Ray currently serves as the Director of Goaltending Development for the Maine Amateur Hockey Association and a USA Hockey Goalie Development Coordinator.

Eric Graham - Skills

Eric Graham was named assistant coach for the Bowdoin men's ice hockey team in 2016. Graham attended Berwick Academy and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where he played ice hockey

Eric was also the head coach at North Yarmouth Academy, Falmouth High School, and served as a video coach for the Portland Pirates. 

Prestin Ryan - Skills

A native of Arcola, Saskatchewan, Ryan spent four seasons playing for the Black Bears in the Hockey East conference. He started his professional career with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. In the 2005–06 season, Ryan made his NHL debut, playing in one game, for the Vancouver Canucks. He then joined the Chicago Blackhawks and played the 2007–08 season in the AHL with affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

More recently Ryan moved to Europe playing for Adler Mannheim, ERC Ingolstadt, and Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL.

What Parents Say

 

"Dedicated coaches, parents and some of the nicest boys & girls."

 

"Great coaches; great program; and, great parents! Everything we were looking for in travel hockey!"

 

"Long Standing Tradition in this program!"

 

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