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Maine Mariners ECHL

Maine Mariners
2019-20 ECHL season
Maine Mariners (ECHL) logo.svg
CityPortland, Maine
LeagueECHL
ConferenceEastern
DivisionNorth
Founded1989 (in the PSHL)
Home arenaCross Insurance Arena
ColorsBlue, green, silver, white
                   
Owner(s)Comcast Spectacor
General managerDaniel Briere
Head coachRiley Armstrong
AffiliatesNew York Rangers (NHL)
Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
Websitemarinersofmaine.com
Franchise history
1989-2003Anchorage Aces
2003-2017Alaska Aces
2018-presentMaine Mariners

The Maine Mariners are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL that began play in the 2018-19 season. Based in Portland, Maine, the team plays their home games at the Cross Insurance Arena. The team participate in the North Division of the Eastern Conference.

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

History

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, Spectra's parent company and 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] On November 29, the Mariners' logo and color scheme were revealed.[12] On February 17, 2018, the Mariners hired Riley Armstrong as head coach. On April 9, 2018, the Mariners announced they would be affiliated with the NHL's New York Rangers.[13]

The new Mariners played their first game on October 13, 2018, a 6-3 loss to the Adirondack Thunder. Their inaugural game was at home with a reported attendance of 5,291.[14]

Season-by-season records

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2018-19 72 37 32 2 1 77 221 247 6th, North 2019 Did not qualify

Players

Current roster

Updated October 9, 2019.[15][16]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
4 United States Richie Boyd D L 24 2019 Fort Myers, Florida Mariners
35 Canada Francois Brassard G L 25 2019 Gatineau, Quebec Mariners
26 United States Taylor Cammarata C L 24 2019 Plymouth, Minnesota Mariners
10 Canada Greg Chase LW R 24 2018 Sherwood Park, Alberta Wolf Pack
2 United States Josh Couturier D L 24 2019 Newbury, Massachusetts Mariners
14 United States Brandon Crawley D L 22 2017 Glen Rock, New Jersey Rangers
-- Canada Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin D L 23 2019 Chateauguay, Quebec Mariners
-- United States Ryan Dmowski LW L 22 2019 East Lyme, Connecticut Wolf Pack
59 Canada Jake Elmer RW R 20 2019 Calgary, Alberta Rangers
18 United States Ryan Ferrill (A) F R 26 2018 Havertown, Pennsylvania Mariners
13 United States Dillan Fox F R 28 2018 Hummelstown, Pennsylvania Mariners
23 United States Alex Kile LW L 25 2018 Troy, Michigan Mariners
19 Canada Dawson Leedahl LW L 23 2018 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Rangers
6 United States Nick Master C L 24 2019 Broomall, Pennsylvania Mariners
-- United States Tom McCollum G L 29 2019 Amherst, New York Wolf Pack
24 United States Michael McNicholas C L 25 2018 Reno, Nevada Mariners
-- Canada Jonathan Racine D L 26 2019 Montreal, Quebec Mariners
17 Canada Ty Ronning RW R 21 2018 Burnaby, British Columbia Rangers
-- Canada Dallas Rossiter D R 25 2019 Surrey, British Columbia Mariners
-- United States Brett Supinski C R 24 2019 Collegeville, Pennsylvania Mariners
-- Canada Gabriel Sylvestre D R 21 2019 Laval, Quebec Mariners
27 United States Zach Tolkinen (C) D R 29 2018 Lino Lakes, Minnesota Wolf Pack
12 United States Dwyer Tschantz RW R 24 2018 Wilmington, Delaware Mariners
20 United States Terrence Wallin (A) C R 27 2018 Yardley, Pennsylvania Mariners

References

  1. ^ Springfield investors step up to save hockey for city
  2. ^ Portland blindsided by Pirates' plan to leave for Springfield after 23 seasons in Maine
  3. ^ Pignatiello, Jim (June 15, 2016). "Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise". MassLive.com. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Effort underway to bring pro hockey back to Portland". Portland Press Herald. May 11, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Group pulls plug on effort to return pro hockey to Portland later this year". Portland Press Herald. January 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Four groups submit proposals to return pro hockey to Portland". Portland Press Herald. March 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Negotiations to begin with two groups to bring ECHL team to Portland". Portland Press Herald. March 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "Portland lands a pro hockey team for the fall of 2018". Portland Press Herald. June 15, 2017.
  9. ^ "Comcast Spectacor buys another hockey team; ex-Flyer Danny Briere to run show". Philadelphia Daily News. June 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "Wild Blueberries now finalist for name of Portland's ECHL team". Yahoo Sports. August 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "Maine Mariners making a return to Portland". WCSH. September 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "Maine Mariners Reveal Logo". ECHL.com. November 29, 2017. Retrieved 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  13. ^ "Maine Mariners announce affiliation with New York Rangers". marinersofmaine.com. April 9, 2018. Retrieved 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  14. ^ "Portland welcomes back pro hockey, ECHL style". The Portland Herald. October 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "Maine Mariners roster". Maine Mariners. July 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Maine Mariners playing roster". eliteprospects.com. July 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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