OK, it's down to the Final Five names for the new hockey team coming to Portland next year. The final five finalists are Mariners, Watchmen, Wild Blueberries, Lumberjacks and Puffins. Hmmmm. No Pirates and we think that's a good thing...time for a fresh start. Wild Blueberries? OK, then. Time for YOU to voice your opinion.

 

 

How did we get down to these five? From Portland Hockey LLC:

“We got just what I was hoping for, and that’s a lot of interest in the new team, and suggestions circling around Maine” says Adam Goldberg, VP of Business Operations for Portland Hockey LLC.  “We are looking forward to hearing the fans’ thoughts on the top 5 names as we work towards naming the team next month.”

The Maine Mariners, submitted by David C. s of Scarborough, was founded in 1977 and played in Portland from 1977 – 1992.  The Mariners are the only franchise in league history to win the Calder Cup in their first two seasons (1977–78, 1978–79) and at the time were the only team to ever capture the Calder Cup during their inaugural season.

Watchmen, submitted by Bill C.  of Biddeford, pays tribute to 65 historical lighthouses still standing and spread out along 5,000 miles of coastline, inlets and islands, Maine is commonly referred to as The Lighthouse State.  The Watchmen keep an eye on the coast which boasts the 4th most mileage in the country.

The Wild Blueberries, submitted by Bill S. of Portland, is the official berry of the state.  Maine accounts for 10% of all blueberries grown in North America and Coastal Maine boasts the largest production of blueberries.

Lumberjacks, submitted by Chris B.  of Millinocket, was selected as a Final Five name because 90% of Maine is covered by forest which is the most by any state and logging plays an economic impact in the state of Maine.

Finally, Puffins submitted by Jessica Y.  of Wells  is a Final Five name because Maine’s ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic Puffins and Maine is historically the southern edge of their breeding range.