PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER Maine) — Leaning heavily into their nautical theme, the Maine Mariners revealed their new jersey in shipshape style.
The unveiling took place Wednesday morning, June 27, on board a sailboat moored in Portland Harbor, not far from the team's home at the Cross Insurance Arena. And the jersey wasn't simply plucked out of a box. It was run up the boat's mast and unfurled along with the sail.
The team's new logo is featured squarely in the center of the jersey. It's composed of the state's two-letter abbreviation with the E styled into a trident. On the shoulder, a patch pays tribute to the logo of the original Mariners franchise that played in Portland from 1977 to 1992.
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Along with the jersey, the Mariners also introduced four new players. Trevor Fleurent brings a ready-made, local following to the team as a Biddeford native. Lining up along the boat's deck by his side were Derek Pratt John Furgele and Matias Cleland.
The new teammates earned the Mariner bona fides by practicing a series of seafaring drills. They took turns hoisting flags and tying sailors' knots. Not all of them accomplished their tasks flawlessly, but thankfully those aren't exactly the kinds of skills they'll need to know for a hockey game.
The team still has a lot of positions to fill before entering competition in the ECHL with its first game on October 13. As a New York Rangers affiliate the Mariners will work to develop players with the goal of sending them on to the NHL.