PORTLAND, ME — Two of the Four proposals sent to the Board Of Trustees at the Cross Insurance Arena last week will be brought a step forward for negotiations to bring hockey back to the city of Portland.

This update was first reported by Chris Rose of Portland’s WCSH6.

WCSH reports that one of the proposals was from Spectra, the same company that manages Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena, and is based out of Philadelphia. The other proposal was submitted from Cleveland, Tennessee-based National Sports Services, the company provides franchise sales and acquisitions, franchise consulting, and facility management.

The two rejected proposals were submitted by the Federal Hockey League, based out of Dewitt, New York, and Maine Sports and Entertainment, based out of Florida.

Details are unclear if either of the two approved proposals are aiming to bring an existing ECHL franchise or to buy a new expansion team from the league.

Negotiations are expected to last 6-8 weeks. A deal could be signed and ready for the ECHL’s approval before their annual meetings in June.

Stay with The Sin Bin for more on the process of bringing hockey back to Portland, Maine.

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