Former UMaine hockey player gets into a brawl in his debut with the Vegas Golden Knights
Former University of Maine star defenseman Ben Hutton recently signed a one-year, $ 750,000 contract with the Vegas Golden Knights and his first game on Saturday night was a memorable one.
Hutton’s debut in Vegas came against Vancouver, where he had spent most of his career prior to this season.
With 1:11 to go in the 7-4 Golden Knights win, Vancouver’s Hutton and Jason Dickinson ditched the gloves and launched into a fiery fight with every punch.
Hutton was a fifth-round draft pick for the Canucks (147th overall) in 2012 and appeared in 276 games with them before moving to the Los Angeles Kings for the 2019-20 season.
He played for Anaheim and Toronto last season and got a free agent tryout with the Ducks this fall, but was released before the start of the regular season.
Saturday’s game was the 380th of his NHL career and he recorded 9:28 of ice time. He had one shot on goal, two hits and one blocked shot before going out with his major penalty of five minutes for fighting.
The 28-year-old from Prescott, Ont., Has 16 goals and 75 assists during his NHL career.
He scored one goal and had four assists in 38 games between Anahem and Toronto last season.
After signing with the Golden Knights, the 6-foot-2, 206-pound Hutton told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that “I really think I have something to prove. I think I came out of a bad year. But that being said, I can’t wait to come here and reinvent myself.
Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer told the Review-Journal that with the condensed schedule it’s a “war of attrition” this season and “you can’t have enough NHL players.”
“He’s an NHL player. The more around, the better. I think we’re going to need them all, ”he added.
DeBoer also said he didn’t expect Hutton to take long to integrate into the Knights.
“It’s not like a deer in the headlights. He understands, ”DeBoer said.
During his three-year UMaine career, Hutton had 28 goals and 37 assists for 65 points. His 15 goals in the 2013-14 season is UMaine’s one-season record for defenders.
Surprisingly, Hutton wasn’t the only former Black Bear to debut and fight last weekend.
Right winger Patrick Shea played his first game for the ECHL Maine Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland and got into a second period scuffle with Guillaume Beaudon of Trois-Rivières in the win the Mariners’ 4-3.
In addition to his fight, Shea also scored the opening goal of the game on a breakaway.
He had 20 goals and 34 assists for 54 points during his four-year, 135-game career with the Black Bears that ended in 2020.
Shea, 24, from Marshfield, Massachusetts, 5-11 and 194 pounds, did not play in the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Florida Panthers seventh-round pick (192nd overall) is the fourth former Black Bear to play this season for Mariners head coach Ben Guite, who had served as assistant / associate head coach under the the late Red Gendron for eight seasons. at UMaine.
The others are Eduards Tralmaks, Brendan Robbins and JD Greenway.
Hutton and Shea, who have never played at UMaine together, will both be back in action on Tuesday.
Shea and the Mariners will play a morning game (10:30 a.m.) in Jacksonville, Fla., While the Golden Knights will host Carolina at 10 p.m.