DRIVE THROUGH TEDDY BEAR TOSS & HOLIDAY EVENT: DECEMBER 5

PORTLAND, ME – November 23, 2020 – The Maine Mariners and Cross Insurance Arena, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and the South Portland Professional Firefighters, will host a drive through Teddy Bear Toss holiday event outside of the Cross Insurance Arena on December 5th. The Mariners announced a month-long stuffed animal drive last week, in place of the annual on-ice “Toss.”

Fans will be able to drive down Center Street (on the Northeast side of the arena) via Free Street between 9 AM and 12 PM on December 5th, and “toss” their stuffed animal donations into bins and fire vehicles, provided by the South Portland Fire Department. Donations will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and the South Portland Holiday Toy Drive. All stuffed animals must be new and with tags attached.

Santa Claus will be making an appearance, collecting letters from young fans. The Mariners will provide a printable template at MarinersOfMaine.com. Beacon the Puffin will also be present, greeting fans from a distance, while holiday music fills the air. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase Mariners Holiday Packs and receive them in-hand.

The event will take place on Center Street, a right turn off of Free Street, just past the Mariners front office and ends on the corner of Center and Spring Street, near the Cross Insurance Entrance

Alternatively, fans can drop off stuffed animal donations at the Mariners front office on 94 Free Street in Portland, Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 4 PM through December 18th, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Teddy bears can also be purchased and donated through the Mariners merchandise store for $10, with the option of bundling an end section ticket voucher for a 2021-22 game for $20.

Traditionally, the “Teddy Bear Toss” is a holiday staple across minor league hockey, with fans encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the home team’s first goal. On December 7th, 2019, Mariners fans tossed 1,523 bears as forward Jake Elmer scored the goal just 2:15 into the game against Adirondack. Proceeds benefitted local fire departments.

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine has provided youth development programs for children ages 6-18. Their Clubhouses are safe places to learn, have fun, and develop skills and interests that last a lifetime. The Clubs serve nearly 3,000 members each year at five Clubhouses throughout Southern Maine. For more information visit bgcmaine.org

The Mariners, along with the entire ECHL North Division, have opted out of the 2020-21 season, and will return to play for the 2021-22 season. Mariners Holiday Packs are now on sale, with three tiers available to fit all gift-giving budgets and early bird pricing running throughout the month of November. Holiday Packs, brand new third jerseys, and all of the latest Mariners merchandise, including face coverings are available for purchase through the online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

ECHL NORTH DIVISION ELECTS SUSPENSION OF PLAY, MARINERS ISSUE STATEMENT

PORTLAND, ME – November 18, 2020 – In light of COVID-19’s continued impact across the North East region, the ECHL announced Wednesday that each of the six teams in the North Division – Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Maine Mariners, Newfoundland Growlers, Reading Royals and Worcester Railers – will be suspending the 2020-2021 ECHL season under the league’s policy for COVID-19. All teams are set to return in the 2021-2022 ECHL season.

“As we continue to navigate the continually changing regulations across North America, we recognize the difficult nature of this decision,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “While some of our teams’ host cities have allowed upcoming plans to include fans inside arenas, we unfortunately do not see the same path for these highly-affected areas in the North East.”

As announced today, the six ECHL teams in the North Division, including the Maine Mariners, have elected a suspension of play for the 2020-2021 ECHL Season under the League’s policy for COVID-19. The Mariners will return to play in the 2021-2022 ECHL Season.

“We are saddened to have had to make this decision with our fellow division teams,” said VP of Operations for the Maine Mariners, Danny Briere.

“With the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, the increasing rates in our region, and after consulting with local officials, we did not see a clear path toward hosting fans at Mariners games. We want to thank our fans for their passion and loyalty as we continue to navigate returning to the ice. The future for this franchise is bright, and we are already making exciting plans for the 2021-22 season.”

Under the terms of the ECHL/PHPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, all players from the Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Maine Mariners, Newfoundland Growlers, Reading Royals and Worcester Railers are free agents for the 2020-21 season immediately.

MARINERS TO HOLD MODIFIED TEDDY BEAR TOSS

PORTLAND, ME – November 16, 2020 – While the annual “Teddy Bear Toss” will take on a different look this year, the Mariners will continue holding the tradition of the fan-favorite toy drive in 2020-21. Beginning today through December 18th, the Mariners will accept stuffed animal donations to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. Fans will also still get the opportunity to “toss” their bears on December 5th.

“We’re happy to be partnering with the Maine Mariners on this initiative for our members,” said Karen MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. “We’re looking forward to sending the teddy bears and stuffed animals home with our kids this year.”

Traditionally, the “Teddy Bear Toss” is a holiday staple across minor league hockey, with fans encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the home team’s first goal. Last season, Mariners fans tossed 1,523 bears on December 7th, 2019, as forward Jake Elmer scored the goal just 2:15 into the game. Proceeds benefitted local fire and police stations.

“Being able to bring some joy for kids that need the bears more than we do, makes me feel a lot of pride,” said Elmer. “Being able to score the goal and celebrate with the team and fans is something really special in hockey. I love the Teddy Bear Game.”

While there will be no “Teddy Bear Game,” this season, fans will have the opportunity to “toss” their bears, in a drive through event outside the Cross Insurance Arena on Saturday, December 5th. The South Portland Professional Firefighters will be on hand to help collect for the South Portland Holiday Toy Drive – the secondary beneficiary of the Teddy Bear Toss. Fans will be able to toss their stuffed animal donations into bins. The event will take place on the Spring Street side of the arena from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Fans can also drop off stuffed animal donations at the Mariners front office on 94 Free Street in Portland, starting today. Donations will be accepted between 9 AM and 4 PM Monday through Thursday, until December 18th, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Alternatively, fans who wish to purchase a teddy bear to be donated, can do so through the Mariners merchandise store for $10, with the option of bundling an end section ticket voucher (redeemable in 2020-21 or 2021-22) for $20.

For all donation methods, only new stuffed animals containing tags will be accepted.

“The Teddy Bear Toss is one of the best minor league hockey traditions,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations. “It is fun to throw them on the ice, but even more importantly, it can brighten the holiday season for many underprivileged youth in the area. That is why we couldn’t skip the Toss this season. Please consider donating a new stuffed toy and I promise to give you the opportunity to throw something else on the ice in the future.”

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine has provided youth development programs for children ages 6-18. Their Clubhouses are safe places to learn, have fun, and develop skills and interests that last a lifetime. The Clubs serve nearly 3,000 members each year at five Clubhouses throughout Southern Maine. For more information visit bgcmaine.org

The Mariners are aiming to begin a 62-game season on January 15th, pending jurisdictional approval. The 2020-21 season is sponsored by Hannaford To Go. Mariners Holiday Packs are now on sale, with three tiers available to fit all gift-giving budgets and early bird pricing running throughout the month of November. Holiday Packs, brand new third jerseys, and all of the latest Mariners merchandise, including face coverings are available for purchase through the online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

MARINERS LAUNCH 2020 HOLIDAY PACKS

PORTLAND, ME – November 9, 2020 – The Mariners announced today that three tiers of holiday packs are now on sale for the 2020 gift-giving season. All tickets included in holiday packs are redeemable for either the 2020-21 season (tentatively scheduled for a January 15th start) or the 2021-22 season. Early bird pricing for all packs is in effect throughout the month of November.

The top-tier “Blizzard Pack” includes a Mariners holiday puck, specialty winter beanie hat, six center section ticket vouchers, a $25 credit to the Mariners merchandise store, and a Mariners neck gaiter.

The second tier is the “Flurry Pack,” which includes a puck, beanie, four center section ticket vouchers, and a neck gaiter.

Finally, the “Snowflake Pack,” includes a puck, two end section ticket vouchers, and a Mariners face mask.

Starting December 1st, pricing will revert to regular rates. Holiday packs will remain on sale until January 4th, 2021. Below is a breakdown of price levels and values for each tier:

Blizzard Pack
Early Bird: $115
Regular Price: $125
Value: $201
Flurry Pack
Early Bird: $65
Regular Price: $75
Value: $132
Snowflake Pack
Early Bird: $25
Regular Price: $35
Value: $57

Sales of Mariners holiday packs will take place exclusively online at the Mariners merchandise store. All holiday packs will be mailed until further notice.

“Just like every holiday since March, the winter holidays will be different this year,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations. “Even if you aren’t able to see your friends and family in person, Mariners Holiday Packs are a good way to let them know you are thinking of them… and hockey.”

The Mariners are aiming to begin a 62-game season on January 15th, pending jurisdictional approval. Full and half season ticket packages as well as mini plans and flex packs for the 2020-21 season, sponsored by Hannaford To Go, are available by calling 833-GO-MAINE. The latest Mariners merchandise, including a new third jersey and face coverings are available at our online store: MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.