Maine Hockey Journal

Florida assigns Brickley to Portland

The Portland Pirates lineup received a boost after the Florida Panthers assigned Connor Brickley to the American Hockey League on Monday.

Brickley, 23, earned a spot on the 23-man opening night roster for the Panthers after having an impressive training camp with the NHL club. He appeared in 10 games for the Panthers this season, posting a goal and two assists for three points with 14 penalty minutes.

The Everett, Mass. native has mostly played on the fourth line. He recorded his first NHL goal, which proved to be a game-winning goal, on Oct. 13 against the Carolina Hurricanes, but has been a healthy scratch for the Panthers while they were on their three-game trip to the West Coast.

“Brick is a huge part of our future, but at this time he needed to play more and have a bigger role on the penalty kill and critical five-on-five rotations to continue developing his skills so the next time he gets called up he can be more of a regular in those types of situations” said Pirates GM Eric Joyce.

Brickley will inject some much-needed offense into a lineup that’s been starved for healthy bodies over the last two weeks due to injuries and players on recall to Florida.

The Pirates are still without Corban Knight (lower body | 4-6 weeks), Greg McKegg (lower body | 2-3 weeks), Brett Olsen (lower body | 2 weeks) and Steven Hodges (offseason surgery | 4-6 weeks)

Portland is currently on a six-game losing streak, having been out-scoring 22-11 over that span. They will face the Hartford Wolf Pack for the first time this season on Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Arena and according to the Pirates PR staff, Brickley is expected to be available to play.

Brickley played four seasons at the University of Vermont where he appeared in 117 games, scoring 21 goals, 27 assists for 48 points.

Brickley is a distant cousin to former Boston Bruins forward and current TV analyst for NESN, Andy Brickley. His older brother, Brendan, played three seasons at the University of New England in Biddeford.

The Pirates, who host the Wolf Pack in the second game of a two-game set, will wear special patriotic jerseys Friday night in appreciation of all branches of the United States Military. The team will place the game-worn jerseys online for auction in the week following the game with proceeds going to the Travis Mills Foundation. The Pirates will also be collecting goods to send care packages to troops overseas and selling 50/50 tickets with those proceeds also going to support the Travis Mills Foundation.

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