The Maine Mariners, one of two new ECHL clubs to début this season, unveiled their team mascot this morning on a local morning news programme.
Meet “Beacon”, a species of Atlantic puffin of which more than 4000 make their home in Maine each summer (then leaves just in time for hockey season); related to this the team also announced the team’s kids club would be known as “Beacon’s Kids Club”.
“Beacon is an important addition to our team and I am looking forward to seeing this puffin bring the fun to Maine,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners VP of Business Operations in the official press release. “You will not only see Beacon at all Mariners home games but around the community all year round. The Mariners have puffin pride!”
In that press release, the team also included some facts about Beacon; lives on Machias Seal Island in the Gulf of Maine (one of the largest puffin nesting locations in the state), enjoys herring, the Beatles song “Free as a Bird,” and the show “Puffin Rock”.
Beacon the Puffin was designed by Big Room Studios in Portland, who also created the Mariners inaugural season logo. The physical mascot suit was created by Commercial Costumes in North Yarmouth, Maine.
Maine will begin their inaugural ECHL season as an affiliate of the New York Rangers on October 13, 2018, at home against the Adirondack Thunder.