Lewiston Native Now Freshman for UMaine Hockey 

College life means living far from home for many the freshman on the Maine Hockey team. Of the seven freshman on the team this year, only one lists his hometown in Maine. For that rookie, the opportunity to play for his state school was one he couldn’t pass up. Prescott Rossi has more.Freshman Mark Anthoine hails from Lewiston. The forward has spent the last few years playing junior hockey all over the country. He gave a verbal commitment to play for U-Maine during the 06-07 season and is excited to be back in his home state.The Black Bears are bringing back a large corps of forwards from last years team that reached the Hockey East championship so Anthoine will have to battle for playing time this season. Anthoine was one of six Maine freshman that featured in Sunday’s 5-1 exhibition win over Acadia University and skated on an all-freshman line with Jon Swavely and Kelen Corkum. To be playing back home is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and Anthoine feels honored to be a part of the Black Bear program.”It’s always a nice opportunity for someone from maine to come here and make a name for themselves hopefully and we have the right personnel here and I think it’s going to be a real fun time.””Sort of a dream all your life being a Black Bear?””Yeah, it really is. Watching all the greats come up here, even guys like Paul Kariya, Montgomery all those guys. You see them put the jersey on and it’s right in your backyard so ‘hey why not try and go for it.'”Anthoine and the Black Bears kick off their regular season with a Hockey East matchup this Friday at home against U-Mass Lowell. The puck drops in Orono at 7:00, a game we’ll show for you live right here on TV Five. We’ll be right back.