The name of Portland‘s upcoming ECHL team has been announced, as the club will be known as the Maine Mariners. The Mariners are slated to begin play at Cross Insurance Arena starting with the 2018-19 season.
The name was chosen through a collection of fan submitted names and a vote since the team was introduced in July of this year.
The Maine Mariners first played in Portland 40 years ago in 1977 before eventually moving to Providence.
“Announcing the Maine Mariners name today is an important step in connecting with the community and building our team identity,” said Paul Holmgren, President of the Philadelphia Flyers and Maine Mariners. “The hockey fans of the area have always been passionate and supportive starting back when the Mariners arrived 40 years ago. I am happy to be a part of bringing professional hockey back to Portland, Maine.”
“We have a lot of work to do before the puck drops next fall,” said Danny Briere, Maine Mariners Vice President of Hockey Operations, “but we could not be more excited to have a name and one that means so much to the area.”
Now that the name Mariners has been decided, Comcast Spectacor will soon unveil a logo, color scheme updated website and mascot created. The new logo and website will be released in November.