PORTLAND, ME – The Maine Mariners will take to the ice in the ECHL for the 2018-19 season. The name was revealed back in September. Daniel Briere is Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Mariners and says the Mariners name reflects well on the area.
“We’re definitely excited. There is just a strong history of it and we’re looking forward to hopefully some of that back,” Briere said.
Briere is no stranger to the Downeast coast of Maine, having played the first several years of his career with the Springfield Falcons (American Hockey League) and making frequent trips to Cross Insurance Arena. Briere says that when he played here, Cross Insurance Arena’s atmosphere was good, games were well attended by fans and it was a fun place to go play.
“When you move from building to building, the best places are where they have fans in the stands and that was always the case here in Portland,” Briere said.
There has been a good push of people and fans looking for season tickets prior to the announcement thinking regardless of the team name, they are ready to support the new franchise and brand of hockey in the City of Portland.
“I think Now that the Mariners name is out there, We’re going to get another wave (of season ticket holders,)” said Adam Goldberg, Vice President of Business Operations for the Mariners.
Goldberg wants to make sure that the fans have the special connection with the Maine Mariners players and want to get them out in the community to make appearances and want them to be personable and want them to be noticed off the ice as well as on the ice.
On Briere’s list of things to do befofe the puck drops at the Cross Insurance Arena in October 2018 is procure an NHL/AHL affiliation. Briere tells The Sin Bin the plan is to have discussions with a few teams as the season continues, but he believes it’s not something that is a must have in the team’s first season. If they have the chance and makes sense, the team will jump on it but will evaluate all options first.
More imminently, the Mariners and their parent company, Comcast Spectacor, will release their logo, color scheme, and website sometime this month.
Stay with The Sin Bin as we continue to update you on the happenings with the Maine Mariners.