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Posted May 18, 2018 - 10:25 PM

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The Menahga Mariners are a Storied Franchise, Originally founded by George Compton of Menahga, who ran a small Cargo shipping company, and to honor the Sailors of old, naming them the Mariners. They were a Solid team, but struggling in the BHL, never cracking the Play offs.

So in season 18, they hired General Manager Don Werner, Formerly of The Mckinleyville Rangers, Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds, and Bakersville Patriots. He in turn hired former player turned Coach Walter A. Donaldson, affectionately known as Bean Pole due to his thin and tall look, though not really tall, he just looked that way standing at 5'10 and 170 pounds. Bean Pole, took the Mariners to 12th place in season 18, in season 19, he took them to 8th place.

 

In season 20, some changes came in, five veterans joined the Club and seemed to turn the trick to success, their names were Andy Dear, Josh Vezeau, Mo Mason, Mavrick Smith, and Joe Starnes. These five would lead the Mariners to 2nd place, behind the Ogema Outlaws, Going 39 (including OTWs), 16, and 5. Joe Starnes posted a fine 2.15 GAA and a .935 SV %. Dear Put up an excellent 45 +/- and adding 5 goals, 34 assists for 49 points he also led the league in PIM with 139, with Vezeau putting up 3 goals, as well as 32 assists for 35 points, Mason scored 12 Goals, adding 38 Assists, for 50 Pts. Mavrick Smith,  scored an Impressive 35 goals, and 28 assists for 63 Points. The Three defensemen became Mariners in season 18 but did not find Prominence until season 20, Smith and Starnes arrived in season 20.

 

They would have a Solid beginning in the SHL Finishing 8th in their Inaugural SHL season, but things slowed up in season 22, as they dropped to 12th, the following year they fell to 13th. The Next year the team got off to a slow start, much due to Coach Donaldson's Health trouble and he was often away from the Team. Manager Werner had family troubles as his Wife died, causing him to resign mid-season, Coach Donaldson followed soon after. The first Years under Werner and Donaldson, were done, but far from over.



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Posted May 18, 2018 - 10:38 PM

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The Original Mariners sort of disappeared from hockey, but the team name was not dead just sleeping. The Bakersville Beasts were a struggling team, needing a new Owner, Gerald Compton, son of the Founder of the Original Mariners, purchased the team in season 40, and brought back the Old Name, and two familiar faces. Don Werner and Walter Donaldson, both men who had been really out of hockey for the last 16 seasons, returned.

 

Coach Donaldson and Manager Werner, immediatly changed things, Naming Bert Montplaisir Captain, and bringing in some solid players, Including, Jack Grace, Jack "the Yack" Slammer, Frank "Stick Man" Pine, Antonio Bachmann, and Sammy Davisson. Though the team finished in fourteenth, they managed to keep their spot in the SHL. The Next Offseason was a lulu, bringing in Matt Rosato, and Mav Moses, two very good players. The team has finished this past Season out of the Play offs but higher in the standings then the Previous season, the Mariners look to be a promising, bunch a player here and there and they will have maybe a contender.



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Posted June 04, 2018 - 08:28 PM

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Today I discovered what the Old Mariners team became, they are the Goldenville Commandos of the LIHL. Not sure what happened to the Old guard of that old team.






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