After teasing on Tuesday, the new ECHL franchise in Portland has opened the naming of their team to the public. The website of www.portlandmainehockey.com leads one to believe the team will be named "The Portland ________" instead of the of the more inclusive "Maine ________." Portland's original professional hockey team, the Maine Mariners, skated successfully for years, and the Maine Red Claws have enjoyed full houses at the Portland Expo. Then again, it's possible they want to build on the Portland brand started with the Pirates in the 90's. Also, the Portland Sea Dogs have been one of the most successful franchises in minor league baseball.

 

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