|League||American Hockey League|
|Founded||1975, in the NAHL|
|Home arena||Cumberland County Civic Center|
Black, Red, Silver, White
|General manager||Brad Treliving|
|Head coach||Ray Edwards|
|Media||Portland Press Herald
WPEI (95.9 FM)
|Affiliates||Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)
Arizona Sundogs (CHL)
|Division Championships||2 (2005–06, 2010–11)|
|Conference Championships||1 (1995–96)|
|Calder Cups||1 (1993–94)|
The Portland Pirates is a minor professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They are the top affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. They play in the Cumberland County Civic Center in downtown Portland, Maine. The franchise was previously known as the Baltimore Skipjacks from 1982 to 1993. Previously, the Pirates were affiliated with the Washington Capitals (1993–2005), the Anaheim Ducks (2005–2008) and the Buffalo Sabres (2008–2011).
The Portland Pirates were founded in 1993–94 as an affiliate of the Washington Capitals. The owner was Tom Ebright, and the GM & CEO was W. Godfrey Wood. The team was previously known as the Baltimore Skipjacks, who relocated to Maine. On August 4, 1993, forward Eric Fenton was signed to a professional contract to become the very first member of the fledgling Portland Pirates team. The Pirates replaced the void made by the Maine Mariners who departed to become the Providence Bruins a year earlier. The Capitals affiliation ended after 12 seasons in 2005.
The Pirates first season proved to be their most successful one to date, as they won the Calder Cup with a 43–27–10 record. Their next season they had 104 points but were upset in the 1st round of the playoffs. In the 1995–96 season they again reached the Calder Cup Finals, despite a sub-par record of 32–34–10, but lost to the Rochester Americans.
Since then, it has been a roller coaster ride for the Pirates. Despite an excellent 100 point season, they were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round in 1999–00.
In the 2006 AHL playoffs the Pirates went for a playoff run, only to be defeated by the eventual Calder Cup-winning Hershey Bears in a seven-game series.
In 2005 the Pirates announced a five year lease extension at the Cumberland County Civic Center, ending speculation that the team might relocate. The Pirates also signed a three year affiliation agreement with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2005, but the Ducks announced on June 3, 2008, that they were affiliating with the Iowa Chops instead of renewing the agreement.
Sabres era 
On February 10, 2009, the team played in Buffalo at HSBC Arena for the first time before a crowd of 11,144. The Pirates lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Albany River Rats. The Sabres faithful were pleased with the aggressive play and numerous fights during the game. It has been announced that the Pirates will play in Buffalo twice in 2009–10. The first game will be played on November 12 and the second will be March 7; both games will be against the Rochester Americans (the Sabres' previous AHL affiliate).
On March 17, 2010, the Pirates signed a 2-year lease extension with the Civic Center. The agreement prevents any further Pirates home games from being played outside the Civic Center.
In May 2011, the Sabres had indicated a willingness to break from its affiliation agreement with the Pirates and reaffiliate with the Rochester Americans. The Pirates would have to sign off on the agreement, since their agreement with the Sabres runs through 2014. On June 24, 2011 the American Hockey League approved the sale of the Rochester Americans, it also included the buyout of the affiliaton contract with the Portland Pirates.
Coyotes era 
On June 27, 2011 the Phoenix Coyotes announced that the franchise had entered into a five-year player development contract with the Pirates. WMTW-TV mentioned that during the announcement of the Coyotes being the Pirates affiliate that 2 of the 4 teams that were negotiating with the Pirates wanted the Pirates to change the team name and logo, but the Pirates agreed to the deal with Phoenix in order to keep their name and logo and because the Coyotes "wanted it the most". During the 2012-13 Season, the Pirates played 6 games at theAndroscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine in preparation of renovations at the Cumberland County Civic Center. On April 17, 2013, the Pirates and Cumberland County announced a 5 year lease, with the option for another 5 years, to stay at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. Due to the renovations at the Civic Center, the Pirates will open the 2013-14 season with 12 games at the Colisee, and will then return to the Civic Center after the renovations are complete in January 2014.
The market was previously home to:
- Maine Mariners (1977–1992)
Season-by-season results 
This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Pirates. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Portland Pirates seasons
|2008–09||80||39||31||3||7||88||.550||249||239||3rd, Atlantic||2009||L, 1–4, PRO||—||—||—|
|2009–10||80||45||24||7||4||101||.631||244||214||2nd, Atlantic||2010||L, 0–4, MCH||—||—||—|
|2010–11||79||47||24||6||2||102||.644||279||236||1st, Atlantic||2011||W, 4–2, CTW||L, 2-4, BNG||—||—|
|2011–12||76||36||31||4||5||81||.533||223||254||3rd, Atlantic||2012||Out of playoffs|
|2012–13||76||41||30||3||2||87||.508||230||233||2nd, Atlantic||2013||L, 0–3, SYR||—||—||—|
Current Roster 
Updated January 10, 2013.
Team Captains 
Pirates Hall of Fame 
Officially only #50 has been retired by the Portland Pirates. However a banner still hangs in the rafters in tribute to the 5 Maine Mariners who had their number retired before moving to Providence.
- 37 Olaf Kolzig (1993–96) Inducted 1999
- 19 Andrew Brunette (1993–98) Inducted 1999
- 34 Byron Dafoe (1993–95) Inducted 1999
- 32 Kevin 'Killer' Kaminski (1993–95, 1997–98) Inducted 2000
- 3 Steve Poapst (1993–2000) Inducted 2001
- 10 Kent Hulst (1993–96) Inducted 2002
- 30 Martin Brochu (1996–2000) Inducted 2003
- 23 Ryan Mulhern (1995–98, 1999–2000) Inducted 2004
- Head Coach Barry Trotz (1993–97) Inducted 2005
- 44 Todd Nelson (1993–95) Inducted 2006
- 31 Jim Carey (1994–96) Inducted 2007
- Owner 50 Tom Ebright (1993–97) Inducted 2008
- 26 Chris Jensen (1993–95) Inducted 2010
- 17 Martin Gendron (1994–96) Inducted 2011
AHL awards and trophies 
Team records 
Single season 
- Goals: Michel Picard, 41 (1993–94)
- Assists: Jeff Nelson, 73 (1993–94)
- Points: Jeff Nelson, 107 (1993–94)
- Points (By a Defenseman): Marc-Andre Gragnani, 60 (2010–11)
- Penalty minutes: Mark Major 355 (1997–98)
- GAA: Maxime Ouellet, 1.99 (2003–04)
- SV%: Maxime Ouellet, .930 (2003–04)
- Career goals: Kent Hulst, 147 (1993–2001)
- Career assists: Andrew Brunette, 224 (1993–98)
- Career points: Kent Hulst, 360 (1993–2001)
- Career penalty minutes: Kevin Kaminski, 797 (1994–95, 98)
- Career goaltending wins: Martin Brochu, 79 (1995–99)
- Career shutouts: Maxime Ouellet, 17 (2002–05)
- Career games: Kent Hulst, 473 (1993–2001)
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