Atlantic Schooners name has been re-registered

Maritime Football Limited has registered as a business in Nova Scotia and also re-registered for the Atlantic Schooners trademark.

Anthony LeBlanc is listed as the president, CEO and director while Gary Drummond is vice president. They are heading a group that made a pitch to the board of governors for a CFL franchise in Halifax. Part of that proposal was to request a conditional team be awarded in 2018, with games to begin in 2020.

The CFL awarded a conditional franchise to Halifax in 1982 – it was named the Atlantic Schooners – but financing for a stadium never came about. The league played regular-season games in Moncton, N.B., in 2010, 2011 and ’13.

The Schooners trademark has been formalized by the Canadian government.



20 Comments on Atlantic Schooners name has been re-registered

  1. Provemewrong // December 12, 2017 at 4:01 pm //

    Well, the first step I suppose. However, I will need to see some shovels in the ground for a stadium before I get too excited. While it would be great to see 10 teams, I would dread to watch the BC-Schooners games if I lived on either coast. You will either be watching them at 2 in the afternoon, or 2 in the morning!!!

    • You will NEVER see the city and province putting up $150 Million or so for a CFL team that only plays 9 games a year and with no guaranteed deposits for season ticket holders.
      At least the soccer supporters rallied and put up money for the Halifax Wanderers and their 10k stadium. A 10k stadium for soccer is all that they will fund.
      If some investors want to put up money to finance a stadium and a team then go ahead just hope they’ve done some research about the CFL interest in Halifax

  2. Edward Leslie // December 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm //

    More positive moves every week. I tjhought Ottawa’s re-entrance was delayed a long time because of that so called “Friends of Landsdown” group. The Atlantic Schooners are 35 years in the making… and counting! I hope to see the Maritimes with a CFL team officially very soon.

    • At least in Ottawa the investors had a plan and a proposal to finance a stadium. The city council didn’t want the CFL and it wasn’t until the city elections when they voted out the naysayers that it was approved.
      They also justified it by including a NASL soccer team and they proved that the stadium could generate property tax and rent from the condos/stores/restaurants buisnesses etc
      From what I have heard Halifax has nothing, just some investors that want the city and province to risk taxpayers money on a pretty risky proposal

      • That’s not true (re city council not wanting it). Most of city council definitely did want it. Only the alderperson from the Glebe (and the Glebite NIMBYS) didn’t want it. The “Friends of Landsdowne” (they were no friends) tried to sue the City of Ottawa to stop it. The City (and council) fought to make it happen. Give the credit, man.

    • A little longer than that Edward. This idea was first floated in 1972. In essence this poor dead horse has been flogged for 47 years.

  3. Blackhawk89 // December 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm //

    This and a toonie will get you a cup of coffee. When there’s definite plans for a stadium and land acquired, is when I’ll believe this is for real.

  4. Bring it on! 10 teams has been a dream of the Cfl since the beginning. Halifax is a hopping town and it will work.
    They can play at the Huskies or wherever. Split it between Moncton and Halifax. just get it done

    • How about 8 teams?
      The way the CFL is supported in Toronto it’s likely that we will be back to 8 teams in the not too distant future.
      Look at TFC at BMO and see the future, they play twice as many games as the Argos and draw twice as many fans!!

      No Halifax will never happen for the CFL, it may be a “hopping” town as you say but not much of a sports town, the AHL team couldn’t draw a crowd and hockey was supposed to be the big sport in Nova Scotia

      • Things seem to be improving for the Argos. I wouldn’t write them off yet. After all with Bell on board and possibly Rogers in the future they have a vested interest as more content helps them out.

        The Argos wish they had the fans in the stands that TFC does and TFC wishes that they had the numbers on TV that the Argos do.

      • Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 5:53 pm //

        With your positive attitude the schooners should hire you to spearhead their bid . Hey maybe run for commissioner I’m sure you would do a bang up job .

      • The richest owners the Argos have ever had, but in the “not too distant future”, the Argos won’t exist? Where do you guys come up with this stuff?

  5. A joint team between Halifax and Moncton. Now you’re talking. This would make it a regional team for three provinces to support(let’s include PEI). Five games in Halifax , four in Moncton. Some growth for both cities. give other Canadians another reason to visit the Atlantic

    • Blackhawk89 // December 12, 2017 at 9:57 pm //

      So build 2, 25k stadiums for 1/2 The amount of games? Or are they going to teletransport the yet to be built stadium with no money plan stadium between cities?

  6. These guys involved would not be there if they didn’t think there was a strong chance this will happen. They’re busy business leaders who don’t waste time

  7. They have already held games in Moncton.
    The cats played at Guelph U a couple of years ago. The Als play at a university. Build a fan base and see what happens.

  8. Step by step. 2020 may be a little tight, but at least it ties in the hashtag

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