The Vermont Bucks are a professional indoor football team. They played their home games at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington. They started as a charter member of the Can-Am Indoor Football League in 2017 and then were announced as an inaugural member of the American Arena League. As of January 31, 2018, the Vermont Bucks folded after an ownership change.
Play in Burlington, Vermont
at the Gutterson Fieldhouse
|Head coach||Jeff Porter|
|League championships (1)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (1)|
|Playoff appearances (1)|
The Bucks were announced as an expansion team on July 8, 2016, as part of the 2017 season in American Indoor Football (AIF). However, the league then folded on July 18, 2016. Bucks owner Tim Viens, a businessman, former Camping World Truck Series auto racer and placekicker at Glenville State College, began negotiations with the Arena Developmental League and the proposed Supreme Indoor Football (both of which are based in the southeastern United States) about joining for the 2017 season. In August 2016, the Can-Am Indoor Football League was created and listed the Bucks as one of its inaugural teams; the CAN-AM League features teams centered mostly in the northeastern U.S. The Bucks won all but one game in the Can-Am league, their lone loss coming to the Boston Blaze, a traveling team that Tim Viens also owned. Both the Bucks and the Blaze then were scheduled to meet in the Eastern Division championship, however, Viens then announced the Bucks would play the non-league semi-professional Central Penn Chargers for the division title. The Bucks would defeat the Chargers 46–6 to meet the undefeated Rochester Kings in the Can-Am championship. The Bucks then beat the undefeated Kings in Rochester by a score of 61–41.
Viens announced via Facebook in April 2017 that the team was in negotiations with another league for the 2018 season; he announced that Arena Pro Football and the Can-Am would merge for 2018 to create the American Arena League (AAL).
After the 2017 season, Viens launched another team in the AAL called the Atlanta Havoc. He then sold the Bucks to an ownership group composed of Thomas Sturgis and Kyle Jennings of Exeter, New Hampshire, and Ron Lotti of Boston. However, in January 2018, the new ownership notified the AAL they would not participate in the 2018 season.
In June 2018, an organization called Vermont Bucks Professional Arena Football, LLC began attempts at fundraising and a return for a semi-professional team in 2019. They were announced as team in the developmental New England Arena League (NEAL), a league that plays all its games in one location near Boston, for the 2019 season.
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