Atlantic Schooners

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Atlantic Schooners
Atlantic Schooners logo

Founded 1982
Folded 1983
Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
League Canadian Football League
Head coach John Huard
General manager J. I. Albrecht
Owner(s) Maritime Professional Football Club Ltd. (Included John Donoval, J. I. Albrecht, and R. B. Cameron) [1][2]
Colours Black, silver, gold, white and blue
                        

The Atlantic Schooners were a conditional Canadian Football League (CFL) expansion team that was to begin play in 1984 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Franchise history[edit]

On May 13, 1982, Maritime Professional Football Club Ltd. was granted a conditional expansion franchise. The team was to pay a $1.5 million expansion fee and could begin play in 1984 if a suitable stadium were built in time for the league opener.[1] The team name was selected based on a study followed by a name-the-team contest in which "schooner" was the winning selection.[3] The logo was a stylized "A" in the shape of a schooner that rode on four waves, each representing the four Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.[4]

Acadia Axemen coach John Huard was named the team's first head coach.[5]

The Schooners proposed home was a 30,000-seat stadium located on leased land in the city of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, said to be built at a cost of $6 million.[6] The owners purchased a scoreboard from the New England Patriots for use in their new stadium.[7]

The Schooners were unable to meet the deadlines set by the league, including the deadline for a financing plan for the new stadium. On June 16, 1983, Maritime Professional Football Club Ltd. withdrew their application for a franchise.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Canadian League Expand". Associated Press. May 14, 1982. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Yanks' Owner Blasts Umpires". The Montreal Gazette. August 30, 1982. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Newest Canadian team given name 'Schooners'". Lawrence Journal-World. Nov 4, 1982. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  4. ^ Football fans remain loyal to Atlantic Schooners
  5. ^ Jeff Adams (June 13, 1983). "Schooners Coach Waiting for a Decision". Canadian Press. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  6. ^ "Schooners unveil plans for new football stadium". The Leader-Post. Feb 5, 1983. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  7. ^ "CFL scuttles Schooners". Canadian Press. June 17, 1983. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  8. ^ "McEnroe hopes shoulder heals for Wimbledon". Lakeland Ledger. June 17, 1983. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 

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