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Maine Mariners
Maine Mariners ECHL
City: Portland, Maine
League: ECHL
Founded: 1989 (In the PSHL)
Home Arena: Cross Insurance Arena
Owner(s): Comcast Spectacor
General Manager: Danny Briere
Franchise history
1989–2003: Anchorage Aces
2003–2017: Alaska Aces
Beginning in 2018: Maine Mariners

The Maine Mariners are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL set to begin play for the 2018–19 season. Based in Portland, Maine, the team will play their home games at the Cross Insurance Arena.

The team replaces the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates after the franchise became the Springfield Thunderbirds in 2016.

HistoryEdit

On May 23, 2016, the Portland Pirates' franchise was sold and relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts,[1][2] and became the Springfield Thunderbirds.[3] A team of investors headed by former Pirates executives W. Godfrey Wood and Brad Church—the latter a former Portland player as well—announced their intentions to put an ECHL team in Portland to fill the void, joining as early as 2017.[4] However, progress to attain a franchise by the Portland group stalled[5] until four groups, none of which involved Wood, submitted their own proposals at the end of February 2017.[6] By March 8, the arena owners had narrowed their choices to the proposals submitted by Spectra and National Sports Services, with both groups having been involved with managing ECHL teams in their past.[7]

In June 2017, Comcast Spectacor, the operators of the Cross Insurance Arena and the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers -- the founders and NHL affiliate for years of the original Maine Mariners AHL franchise in Portland -- purchased the franchise rights of the recently dormant Alaska Aces of the ECHL. The league approved of the sale and relocation of the franchise to Portland on June 15.[8] Philadelphia Flyers president Paul Holmgren, will serve as the team’s governor with former player Danny Briere overseeing the day-to-day operations.[9] In August 2017, the team announced their five finalists for a team name: the Mariners, Watchmen, Lumberjacks, Puffins, and Wild Blueberries.[10] The name was announced as the Mariners on September 29.[11]

This market was previously served by:

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Regular Season Playoffs
Season GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2018-19 72 32 29 7 4 75 196 226 7th, East Div. 2019 Did not qualify

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