PORTLAND, ME – It was a historic day for the city of Portland on Friday, as the Comcast Spectacor ownership group announced the name of the new ECHL franchise.
The team announced the franchise would be called the Maine Mariners. A logo and color scheme will be revealed in November.
The Mariners name is no stranger to the city of Portland and the state of the Maine. According to hockeydb.com, the Maine Mariners were in the American Hockey League from 1977-92. They were affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1977-83, the New Jersey Devils from 1983-87 and the Boston Bruins from 1987-92. The Mariners won three AHL Calder Cups including back-to-back championships in 1977-78 and 1978-79 against the New Haven Knighthawks. They won their final Calder Cup during the 1983-84 season against the Rochester Americans. At the conclusion of the 1991-92 season, the Mariners moved to Providence to become the Providence Bruins.
Portland went dark again for another year at the Cross Insurance Arena which was then the Cumberland County Civic Center, and the Pirates came in from 1993-2016. Ron Cain sold the Portland Pirates to a group of local investors in Springfield, MA at the end of the 2015-16 year. This will be the coastal city’s final season without professional hockey for the foreseeable future.
The Mariners will be the fourth New England-based team, joining the Adirondack Thunder, Manchester Monarchs and Worcester Railers are apart of the league. The Monarchs are entering their third year in the league, while the Railers will kick off their inaugural season in two weeks.
Stay tuned to The Sin Bin for more news on the Portland Mariners as we will be following up on this story.