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Maryland Black Bears gearing up for inaugural junior hockey season

Maryland Black Bears gearing up for inaugural junior hockey season

Easton native Max Newnam is following his dream and, just like when he was growing up looking for the nearest ice rinks, it’s taking him across the Bay Bridge.

The 19-year-old hockey player has what he describes as the best possible scenario: A chance to play junior hockey right in his backyard.

The Maryland Black Bears are the state’s first junior hockey league team, set to play their inaugural North American Hockey League season at Odenton’s Piney Orchard Ice Arena in September. They will compete in the 24-team league’s Eastern Division and play a 60-game schedule that runs through April.

For Newnam, a forward who signed a tender agreement with the Black Bears, the...

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