Snowshoes. Lumberjacks. Mountains. Those are some of the images that come to mind when one thinks of Maine.
It's where Brian Dumoulin is from, but his hometown conjures up images of beaches, seafood and small town charm. Biddeford is a different kind of Maine. Dumoulin still fondly recalls his days visiting his grandparents along the Sunday River in northern Maine – the part of the state where snow was measured in feet. Those were fun days up north, Dumoulin said, but his heart is along the southern coast, growing up in an area popular with tourists because of its scenery and seafood.
If you're ever up in Maine along the coast, Dumoulin has some travel advice if you want the perfect place to taste some genuine Maine seafood. Stop by the restaurant where he worked for five years. They get their seafood right off the boats as they come in, Dumoulin said, along with the dozens of seafood shacks along the coast that offer fresh lobster, scallops and clams.
Read on to find out where to go if you're ever up in Maine.
Player: Brian Dumoulin
Hometown: Biddeford, Maine
Type: Coastal city
Distance from Wilkes-Barre: 397 miles
Population: 21,277 (2010 Census)
Biddeford isn't the typical Maine town, is it? It's in southern Maine, close to New Hampshire and right on the coast. When people think of Maine, they think of snow and mountains. But I grew up 10 minutes from the beach so it was nice in the summer and the winters are no different than here, really.
What were the hockey opportunities like in Biddeford? Where I lived I was close enough to New Hampshire, Boston and Rhode Island that I could travel there and play. But Maine is just starting to get its feet wet in hockey. There are some players that have come out of college, such as Eric Weinrich, and Travis Roy (a Maine native) that kind of started hockey in Maine.
Does Wilkes-Barre remind you of Biddeford in any way? Biddeford's a small, older town that has that new feel to it like Wilkes-Barre. There are mini malls and restaurants popping up, just like they are here by the arena and Mohegan Sun. But you still have that small town feel where people say hello and hold the door open for you.
It seems like all the coastal towns have lighthouses. Does Biddeford? Yes, but we didn't really think much about it because we see them every day. There's a lot of beautiful scenery there and I kind of took it for granted because I grew up around it. Now that I've been away for a while I'm learning to appreciate it more.
Did you have any summer jobs while growing up in Biddeford? I worked at a seafood restaurant called Huot's for five years. All my friends worked there to and I enjoyed it.
Were there any perks with working at a seafood restaurant? I was able to eat it every day. I love it. When you hear about Maine lobster, Maine scallops and Maine clams, this was the real deal.
I take it the seafood comes right from the ocean to the restaurants? Huot's is right by the dock so all the food is fresh. Plus there's a ton of little shacks around the coast that sell seafood that comes in daily. Whenever I go back I always go to Huot's to eat.
- Tom Venesky