PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Mariners continued building their 2023-24 roster, announcing the re-signing of forward Reid Stefanson. Coming off his first full season as a professional, Stefanson was fifth on the Mariners in points in 2022-23, and third in goals.
First joining the Mariners at the end of the 2021-22 season, Stefanson continued the lineage of UMass-Lowell alumni in Maine. Stefanson joined now head coach Terrence Wallin and forward Nick Master as former Riverhawks to become Mariners when he signed in the spring of 2022. He made an immediate impression in Maine, with four points in his first nine ECHL games and then played a big role in the Mariners’ North Division Semifinals playoff series against Reading, scoring a key goal in Game 3.
Returning for 2022-23, Stefanson elevated his game, posting 47 points (22g-25a) in 69 regular-season games. February was when Stefanson really broke out, as he scored eight goals and added four assists in the month, which also included a pair of multi-goal games. He also finished the regular season strong, scoring a goal in four of the last six games. His 22 goals put him third on the team, behind Pat Shea and Alex-Olivier Voyer.
Stefanson is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is now 26 years old. He played in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for his hometown Winnipeg Blues to start his junior career, before jumping to the United States in 2016-17 and the North American Hockey League’s Minot Minotauros. Stefanson also played for the United States Hockey League’s Sioux Falls Stampede in 2017-18 before heading to UMass-Lowell.