Ships Start Here; Slammers Must Win?

Proposed new name and logo for the Metro Marauders of the Maritime Hockey LeagueThe Junior “A” Hockey Club representing Halifax-Dartmouth has applied to the Maritime Hockey League to change its name and logo for the 2012/13 season.

The Metro Marauders are trying to create greater links with the local community and have chosen a name that will resonate with residents of Halifax Regional Municipality. “Shipbuilders” is a name that will conjure images of the region’s past and will certainly be relevant with the economic future of Nova Scotia following the announcement of the Government of Canada $25,000,000,000 shipbuilding contract (that’s 25 billion, I just wanted to show all them zeros).

“We have received incredible positive response to our new name and future plans, and we have already initiated a number of discussions with potential sponsors and community partners, who would be obvious supporters of our team, moving forward,” said team President David MacDonald. “I think we can have a lot of fun with this new concept, and after meeting with many of our stakeholders, this will be a very positive step for Junior “A” hockey in the Halifax-Dartmouth marketplace.”

The team has apparently not made any decision on whether they will keep the Metro monicker or whether they would change that to Halifax or something else as well. With the mention of potential sponsors, The Shipbuilders could look to follow the model used by the Weeks Crushers (Pictou) or CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks (Bridgewater) and have team named for a major sponsor. Hmm…I wonder if there is a company that would be a good fit to sponsoring a team named “Shipbuilders”, maybe that also dabbles in the petroleum business? I’ve also been given indications that they may go simply with “The Shipbuilders”.

MacDonald has also said that once the name change gains formal approval, the team will hold a press conference and announce a number of initiatives and staffing moves for the upcoming season.

MHL Champs in Must Win Game?

The Woodstock Slammers are currently participating in the 2012 RBC Cup for the Junior “A” National Championship. The Slammers can assure themselves a spot semi-finals on the weekend with a win in their final round-robin game against the Soo Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds are tied with the Slammers and Portage Terriers for third in the standings with 1-2 records.

Woodstock opened the tournament with a 4-1 loss to the host Humboldt Broncos. They redeemed themselves in the second match with a 4-1 win over the Terriers. They could have already secured their spot in the semis, but dropped a 2-1 game to the Penticton Vees, who are now into the playoff weekend along with Humboldt.

The final spots for the weekend will be decided following the final games of the round-robin on Thursday. You can catch the Slammers game online through FASTHockey. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 PM ADT.

Change is Nothing New

With the application to become the Shipbuilders, this Junior “A” Hockey club will be looking to have its third identity change in four years. The franchise is originally the Antigonish Bulldogs, which was purchase and relocated to Halifax in 2008. The team became the Halifax Lions, paying tribute to the successful club of the 1980s. After two years as the Lions and playing at the Halifax Forum the club rebranded itself as the Metro Marauders and relocated to the Dartmouth Sportsplex.

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