A new professional hockey team is looking for it’s identity, and who better to ask than the internet.
The team, which is going to be located in Portland, Maine, has had a tough time deciding on a name. To help them with the decision, the team has proposed an online vote for the fans. And according to ESPN, the final five nicknames are in.
Yes, you read that Tweet above correctly. And yes, the “Wild Blueberries” team name has made it into the top 5.
The other four are quite unique as well. They are reported to be: the Mariners, the Watchmen, the Lumberjacks, and the Puffins.
Each of the five is said to have plenty of fan support behind them. But according to ESPN, the Mariners name “might be the early leader in the clubhouse” as it pays homage to the old Maine Mariners who played in Portland from 1977-92.
The ECHL professional team is set to return to Maine after a 2-year absence, according to the Portland Press Herald. They are relocating from Alaska for the 2018-19 season mainly for revenue benefits.
It wasn’t long ago that we witnessed a similar situation with a professional hockey team. The latest NHL expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, received plenty of input from the community when determining what their identity would be. However, the team ultimately decided on things behind the scenes and became Vegas’ first pro-sports team.
Maine’s new team has announced similarly that they won’t “strictly adhere to the popular vote, but will do it’s best to follow the fans’ wishes” however it’s hard to imagine that they don’t follow through with the fan voting.
So what’s your favorite name for Portland’s newest hockey team? Let us know in the comments below.
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Kyle Hirshkind is the managing editor for Full Press Coverage's New York Jets channel. Originally from Long Island, New York, Kyle has been an avid Jets fan for 20+ years.