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Danny Briere to Run Day-to-day Operations of Comcast Spectacor's Alaska Aces

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    Danny Briere to Run Day-to-day Operations of Comcast Spectacor's Alaska Aces
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    Danny Briere to run day-to-day operations of Comcast Spectacor's Alaska Aces

    The Alaska Aces of the ECHL has been purchased by Comcast Spectacor and will relocate to Portland, Maine.

    They'll start playing in 2018-19 at the Cross Insurance Arena under a new name.

    The Flyers will oversee the franchise with club president Paul Holmgren as the team's governor while former player Danny Briere will oversee the day-to-day operations of the team.

    "We are excited to reignite the hockey tradition in Portland," Holmgren said. "The Flyers organization has a strong commitment to winning and developing future stars, and we intend to bring that same culture to this franchise.

    "We're also happy to have an opportunity to assist Spectra in its commitment to the Portland region and the Cross Insurance Arena, a great facility that has recently benefited from a major renovation."

    There's a bit of history here to Maine.

    In 1977, Spectacor purchased an AHL expansion franchise - the Maine Mariners - to play at Cumberland County Civic Center.

    They were a Flyers affiliate until 1983 and played in Portland through 1992, before being replaced by the Portland Pirates.

    The Mariners won the Calder Cup in each of their first two seasons, and added a third in 1983-84.  

    Comcast Spectacor will soon begin hiring staff, establishing a team website, and naming the club.