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AHL Pirates move to Lewiston over issue with Civic Center Trustees

Sep 26, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT


The AHL Portland Pirates will not play in Portland, Maine this season. The team filed a lawsuit against the Board of Trustees of their old home, the Cumberland County Civic Center.

After a mediation and settlement process did not resolve the issue, the Pirates decided to proceed with litigation.

Pirates owner Brian Petrovek said he asked that “during this ill-timed, protracted five month period” the Trustees “honor the the deal terms which both parties agreed to,” but that they refused. Consequently, the team will move to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.

Whether or not they’ll stay beyond the 2013-14 campaign seems to still be undecided.

“We’ll let the fans of this region determine how we should best proceed for the future,” Petrovek said in a statement. “We need this community’s support but we intend to earn it.”

The Pirates are the AHL affiliates of the Phoenix Coyotes. They earned the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference in 2012-13 before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

  1. dan46778 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Keep hockey in Maine

  2. sabatimus - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    So I have to drive 45+ minutes (one way) to see a team that I’d normally be able to WALK to in that time or less. Disgusted.

  3. jackrabbit56 - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    With the Phantoms relocating to Allentown PA next season, I’m pretty sure Glens Falls (Adirondack) would be ready and willing to step up if the situation can’t be rexolved.

    • jackrabbit56 - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      *resolved … dagnabit, edit function!

      • shaundre93 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        Please no! As a mainer who absolutely loves hockey, the pirates are so awesome. I wish they were the bruins affiliate, but I still love em anyway. This situation is unfortunate, but could be really cool. Lewiston has a huge tradition in hockey and the fan support will be amazing! Only problem is that Le Colisee is much smaller than the Cumberland county civic center. I think if we’re able to rally around the team, Lewiston may renovate their arena and we could have an amazing team to support. KEEP HOCKEY IN MAINE! We love it!

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