|2013–14 Portland Pirates season|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Founded||1975, in the NAHL|
|Home arena||Androscoggin Bank Colisée|
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 are 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. Until the 2013–2014 season, their home arena was the Cumberland County Civic Center in downtown Portland, Maine; however, due to a lease dispute they will play at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston for the 2013–2014 season. 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.
In 2013, the Pirates negotiated a new lease agreement with Civic Center trustees, but refused to sign it after they determined that the percentage of food sales they were to receive under the lease would not result in the same amount of money as previously agreed terms calling for the Pirates to get a percentage of food and alcohol sales, which was ruled illegal by the State(as alcohol sales can only be controlled by the property owner).
The Pirates then announced that they would look for another arena to play their 2013-2014 season in, most likely the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, where they were already playing the start of the season due to renovations at the Civic Center. Civic Center trustees stated there would be no Pirates hockey at the Civic Center this year and began seeking other tenants for the dates originally given to the Pirates. They further claimed to only break even on the presence of the Pirates and that their expenses would actually be less without them.  The Pirates responded by filing a lawsuit against the Civic Center seeking enforcement of the original unsigned agreement outline and an injunction to prevent the Civic Center from reassigning dates for Pirates home games to other events. 
The Pirates announced on September 26, 2013 that they would indeed play their entire 2013-2014 home schedule at the Colisée. The dates for four games had to be changed from the original schedule. A spokesman for the AHL said that the Pirates had the rights to the Portland market and could play anywhere within a 50 mile radius of the city. The Phoenix Coyotes said they were prepared to move forward despite having hoped differences with the Civic Center would be resolved. The Chairman of the CCCC Board of Trustees criticized the Pirates for demanding more of a "subsidy" for themselves and stated their desired lease agreement would cost county taxpayers money. The Pirates also stated they would continue their lawsuit against the CCCC with the hopes of playing there in the future. 
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.
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 the Androscoggin 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, though that has been thrown into question due to a dispute over revenue from food sales(see History section). Due to the dispute, the Pirates will play their entire home schedule in Lewiston, but will continue with a lawsuit against the CCCC with the hope to return there in future seasons.
On October 24, 2013, it was announced that the team has taken out an option on city-owned land in Saco for possibly building a $40 million arena with 5,000 seats as a new home. The team stated, though, that doing so was not the cheapest option for them and that they would prefer to return to Portland. 
The market was previously home to:
- Maine Mariners (1977–1992)
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||—||—||—|
Updated October 14, 2013.
|17||Canada !||Arnold, ScottScott Arnold||7.0 !RW||R||24||2012||Montreal, Quebec||Coyotes|
|25||Canada !||Bloodoff, EvanEvan Bloodoff||6.0 !LW||L||23||2011||Nelson, British Columbia||Pirates|
|49||Canada !||Bolduc, AlexandreAlexandre Bolduc||4.0 !C||L||28||2011||Montreal, Quebec||Coyotes|
|6||Canada !||Brodeur, MathieuMathieu Brodeur||2.0 !D||L||23||2010||Laval, Quebec||Coyotes|
|20||Canada !||Brophey, EvanEvan Brophey||4.0 !C||L||27||2012||Kitchener, Ontario||Pirates|
|11||United States !||Brown, ChrisChris Brown||7.0 !RW||R||22||2012||Flower Mound, Texas||Coyotes|
|14||United States !||Conner, ChrisChris Conner||7.0 !RW||L||29||2012||Westland, Michigan||Coyotes|
|26||Canada !||Dziurzynski, DarianDarian Dziurzynski||6.0 !LW||L||22||2012||Prince Albert, Saskatchewan||Coyotes|
|23||Sweden !||Ekman-Larsson, OliverOliver Ekman-Larsson||2.0 !D||L||22||2012||Karlskrona, Sweden||Coyotes|
|3||Russia !||Goncharov, MaximMaxim Goncharov||2.0 !D||R||24||2010||Moscow, Soviet Union||Coyotes|
|36||Canada !||Gormley, BrandonBrandon Gormley (A)||2.0 !D||L||21||2012||Murray River, Prince Edward Island||Coyotes|
|24||United States !||Hextall, BrettBrett Hextall||7.0 !RW||R||25||2011||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Coyotes|
|30||Canada !||Johnson, ChadChad Johnson||1.0 !G||L||27||2012||Calgary, Alberta||Coyotes|
|12||Canada !||Klinkhammer, RobRob Klinkhammer||6.0 !LW||L||27||2012||Lethbridge, Alberta||Coyotes|
|22||United States !||Lane, PhilipPhilip Lane||7.0 !RW||R||21||2012||Rochester, New York||Coyotes|
|31||United States !||Lee, MikeMike Lee||1.0 !G||L||23||2012||Roseau, Minnesota||Coyotes|
|33||Canada !||Louis, MarkMark Louis||2.0 !D||R||26||2012||Ponoka, Alberta||Coyotes|
|18||Canada !||Martinook, JordanJordan Martinook||4.0 !C||L||21||2010||Brandon, Manitoba||Coyotes|
|21||United States !||Miele, AndyAndy Miele (A)||4.0 !C||L||25||2011||Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan||Coyotes|
|19||United States !||Rechlicz, JoelJoel Rechlicz||7.0 !RW||R||26||2012||Brookfield, Wisconsin||Coyotes|
|2||Sweden !||Rundblad, DavidDavid Rundblad||2.0 !D||R||23||2012||Lycksele, Sweden||Coyotes|
|16||Canada !||Shinnimin, BrendanBrendan Shinnimin||4.0 !C||L||22||2012||East Saint Paul, Manitoba||Coyotes|
|28||Canada !||Stone, MichaelMichael Stone||2.0 !D||R||23||2010||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Coyotes|
|5||United States !||Summers, ChrisChris Summers||2.0 !D||L||25||2010||Ann Arbor, Michigan||Coyotes|
|10||Canada !||Szwarz, JordanJordan Szwarz (C)||7.0 !RW||R||22||2011||Burlington, Ontario||Coyotes|
|29||Canada !||Visentin, MarkMark Visentin||1.0 !G||L||21||2012||Waterdown, Ontario||Coyotes|
|8||Canada !||Werek, EthanEthan Werek||4.0 !C||L||22||2011||Markham, Ontario||Coyotes|
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
- 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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