ECHL: Maine Mariners Sign 6’6” Defenseman; Brad Arvanitis Placed on Injured Reserve

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Heading into a three-game homestand against the Norfolk Admirals, the Maine Mariners have welcomed former player Fedor Gordeev back to the lineup. Gordeev stands at 6’6” and will wear #15 for the Mariners. The 25-year-old defenseman from Omsk, Russia, played a total of 63 games with the Mariners in the 2022-23 season. During this season, he was able to earn 33 points from 12 goals and 21 assists. He also played with Maine during the playoffs, where he had 1 goal and 1 assist in 6 games. This season, Gordeev returned to Russia to play for the Sibir Novosibirsk of the KHL. In the 42 games he has played with them, he has acquired a total of 7 points from 2 goals and 5 assists. He also is making his return just before the overseas deadline, which was February 15th at 3:00 p.m. Gordeev is not the only former Mariner defenseman to return to the team recently, as defenseman Zach Malatesta returned to the team in January. 

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Mariners’ goalie Brad Arvanitis has been placed on injured reserve, which has been retroactively put into effect with a start date of February 3rd. Arvanitis has been out since February 2nd. He started in net against the Rapid City Rush but did not return for the second period and has not played since. He has suffered a hand injury, and in a recent interview with Mariners’ sportscaster Michael Keely on February 13th, Arvanitis reported that he is feeling better and hopes to return to the ice this weekend. He has the most wins of the season out of the current four goalies on the Mariners roster.

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The Mariners have recently made their way up to 5th place in the North Division. They’ll be facing the Norfolk Admirals in three games this coming weekend. The Admirals are currently 2nd in the division and have an 11 point lead over the Mariners. The last time the teams faced one another was in early November in Norfolk. Out of 3 games, Maine was only able to snag a win once. With Gordeev and hopefully Arvanitis hitting the ice this weekend, the Mariners can head into the weekend with the confidence they need in the upcoming games against the Admirals.

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