Local Briefs: Republic giving away hockey cards today

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AUBURN — The Upper Deck Company is joining forces with NHL, the NHL Players Association, and Republic Jewelry & Collectibles to give away free packs of exclusive hockey cards to local hockey fans.

The promotion is scheduled today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Republic store on 212 Center Street.

Republic Jewelry & Collectibles was voted best Hobby store in the country two straight years. A family business since 1984, Republic has hosted nine free autograph signings with top players such as Dwight Evans, Dennis Eckersley, Bill Walton and more.

As an added bonus, customers also may sign up for a free Tim Thomas framed autographed photo and a Stanley Cup Mini Trophy that Republic is giving away as part of this NHL Promotion.

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Republic also will be handing out free packs on Saturday, Feb. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at Ingersoll Arena in Auburn as part of the Try Hockey for Free event.

Packs will be available while supplies last. Limit one pack per person.

Maine Renegades announce joint venture

GORHAM — The Maine Renegades and New Hampshire Seacoast Spartans announced today the two organizations will work together for the 2012-13 season to bring Maine youth ice hockey players unique development opportunities. The two hockey groups will develop a network for building and growing both organizations, while each continues to operate as its own entity.

The combined efforts of the Spartans and Renegades will include Renegades offering a practice facility out of their home rink at the University of Southern Maine Ice Arena on the Gorham campus for Spartans Elite & Selects players living in Maine. In addition, there will be opportunities for Renegades players to be involved with skill development, practice sessions, and some games with the Spartans in Exeter, N.H.

“We are thrilled to announce our association with the Spartans which will allow Maine hockey players the opportunity to work towards playing at an elite AAA ice hockey organization,” said Mike Abreu, President of the Maine Renegades. “The Spartans have always offered a competitive program, and we’re very excited to now offer this experience at the Renegades.”

New England skating and skills professional Adam Nicholas will continue to work with both Maine and New Hampshire players to provide elite ice hockey training while Chris Grassie, President of the Spartans and other instructors will assist with practices on many Fridays in Maine.

“We are delighted to offer Renegades’ players the opportunity to play at the next level and current Spartan players in Maine the ability to receive the same instruction in their home state,” Grassie said. “We’ve been looking for an economical way for our organization to branch out and service the families who live in Maine. This option will save time and money, and allow for players to receive the high-quality instruction we’ve offered for years.”

For more information, please visit www.mainerenegades.com.

Maine Baseball Hall seeks 2012 nominations

YARMOUTH — The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame seeks nominations for 2012 induction. Founded in 1969, the Hall honors players, coaches, umpires, organizers and benefactors from all corners of the state who have achieved prominence in or made valuable contributions to baseball in Maine.

Please include a resume or supporting documentation and send to Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 1062, Yarmouth, Maine 04096 or e-mail to ddouglas@douglastitle.com.

Deadline is March 1. The induction ceremony will be held August 5.

HS Team of Year nominations welcomed

PORTLAND — The Maine Red Claws and the Maine McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association are seeking nominees for the 2012 Team of the Year award.

The award honors two Maine high school varsity basketball teams, one of each gender, which will receive $1,000 for their schools’ programs. The teams will be recognized at the Maine McDonald’s All-Star Games March 10 and at a Red Claws game later in the season.

Teams are judged for their exceptional impact through contributions to community, sportsmanship, competitiveness and spirit, and commintment to academic excellence.

Nomination forms are available at vote.mainemcdonaldsbasketbal

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