Professional hockey returns to Portland, Maine this Saturday

The Maine Mariners are set to play their inaugural game this Saturday, October 13th in a home opener at the Cross Insurance Arena. Named after the former AHL Maine Mariners, the team is set to take on the Adirondack Thunder in the ECHL.

About the Mariners

Maine’s newest professional ice hockey team will replace the void left by the departure of the Portland Pirates in 2016. After an opening appeared in the ECHL, one of the NHL’s minor leagues, rapid interest led to a quick resurrection of Portland professional hockey. An online fan vote ultimately decided upon a team name which heralds back to the gone but not forgotten legacy of Maine sports.

Now, the current iteration of the Mariners is an affiliate for the New York Rangers and primed for an exciting debut. The team will be cheered on by recently-announced mascot Beacon the Puffin. (the Puffins were a semi-finalist in the naming poll)

Attending the game

Tickets are still on sale and open to the general public, and can be purchased at the Cross Insurance Arena box office or online via Ticketmaster, starting at $17 each.

Game Details

Season Tickets and Deals

  • Season tickets or even a package of five games for $99 can also be purchased via the Mariners’ website.
  •  The Family Four pack is offered for all Saturday home games with advance purchase only. This deal includes 4 tickets and food vouchers for hot dogs, chips, and a drink, along with a souvenir hockey puck, at $72 for ends and $80 for center ice.

Upcoming Games

Can’t make the game this weekend? The Mariners will be playing the following Friday, October 19th at 7:15PM.

Final Thoughts

At Maine Pro Sports, we believe that Portland, Maine is the best city for minor league sports in the country, and that Maine is the best state for competitive and family friendly sporting events. We’re predicting a strong victory for the Mariners squad, but we want to hear what you are most excited for about the return to hockey in Portland.

Finally, be sure to check out official Maine Mariners team website to stock up on gear, scout the player roster, and learn more about the team.