PORTLAND, ME – Beginning Thursday, fans will have the chance to vote on one of five team names for the new ECHL franchise in the city of Portland. The city has been without professional hockey for two years since Ron Cain sold the Portland Pirates AHL franchise to a group of local investors in Springfield.
Professional hockey has been around in the city of Portland for decades as Maine hockey fans have always been passionate about supporting a franchise. The Maine Mariners were the first professional hockey franchise in the city from 1977-87 before moving to Utica, NY. The new Mariners franchise would come from the Providence Reds in 1987 and would last for five years. The Pirates won the AHL Calder Cup championship in their first year in the league during the 1993-94 campaign. In their lifespan, the Pirates had NHL relationships with the Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, and Florida Panthers.
More than 3,800 entries were submitted in the period from July 20 to August 14.
“We got just what I was hoping for, and that’s a lot of interest in the new team, and suggestions circling around Maine” says Adam Goldberg, VP of Business Operations for Portland Hockey LLC. “We are looking forward to hearing the fans’ thoughts on the top 5 names as we work towards naming the team next month.”
The names fans can choose from are: Mariners, Watchmen, Wild Blueberries, Lumberjacks, and Puffins. You can vote at http://portlandmainehockey.com/contact/.
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