Maine Mariners (ECHL) Article

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Maine Mariners
2018–19 ECHL season
Maine Mariners (ECHL) logo.svg
City Portland, Maine
League ECHL
Founded1989 (in the PSHL)
Home arena Cross Insurance Arena
ColorsBlue, green, silver, white
Owner(s) Comcast Spectacor
General manager Daniel Briere
Head coach Riley Armstrong
Affiliates New York Rangers ( NHL)
Hartford Wolf Pack ( AHL)
Franchise history
1989–2003Anchorage Aces
2003–2017 Alaska 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.


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]

Current roster

Updated November 3, 2018. [15] [16]
# Nat Player Pos S/ G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
41 Canada Alex Adams D R 25 2018 Orangeville, Ontario Mariners
16 Canada Morgan Adams-Moisan RW R 21 2018 La Tuque, Quebec Rocket
10 United States Riley Bourbonnais C L 25 2018 Rochester, New York Mariners
29 United States Garrett Cecere D L 23 2018 West Des Moines, Iowa Mariners
8 Canada Ryan Culkin D L 24 2018 Montreal, Quebec Rocket
18 United States Ryan Ferrill F R 25 2018 Havertown, Pennsylvania Mariners
21 United States John Furgele D R 25 2018 Glen Mills, Pennsylvania Mariners
35 United States Brandon Halverson G L 22 2018 Traverse City, Michigan Rangers
23 United States Alex Kile LW L 24 2018 Troy, Michigan Mariners
40 Canada Connor LaCouvee G L 24 2018 Qualicum Beach, British Columbia Mariners
19 Canada Dawson Leedahl LW L 22 2018 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Rangers
14 Canada Brycen Martin D L 22 2018 Calgary, Alberta Sabres
24 United States Michael McNicholas C L 24 2018 Reno, Nevada Mariners
9 United States Drew Melanson LW L 23 2018 Paramus, New Jersey Wolf Pack
30 United States Chris Nell G L 24 2018 Green Bay, Wisconsin Rangers
7 United States Derek Pratt D L 24 2018 Mount Hermon, Massachusetts Mariners
26 United States Shawn St. Amant RW R 22 2018 Le Gardeur, Quebec Wolf Pack
11 United States Jason Salvaggio LW L 24 2018 Hanson, Massachusetts Wolf Pack
4 United States Scott Savage D L 23 2018 San Clemente, California Mariners
15 United States Luke Stork C L 23 2018 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mariners
27 United States Zach Tolkinen D R 28 2018 Lino Lakes, Minnesota Mariners
12 United States Dwyer Tschantz RW R 23 2018 Wilmington, Delaware Mariners
17 Canada Hayden Verbeek C L 21 2018 Kingston, Ontario Canadiens
20 United States Terrence Wallin C R 26 2018 Yardley, Pennsylvania Mariners


  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". Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "Effort underway to bring pro hockey back to Portland". Portland Press Herald. May 11, 2016. Retrieved May 11, 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". November 29, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "Maine Mariners announce affiliation with New York Rangers". April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "Portland welcomes back pro hockey, ECHL style". The Portland Herald. October 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "Maine Mariners roster". Maine Mariners. 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  16. ^ "Maine Mariners playing roster". 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-07.

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