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Portland Pirates
City: Portland, Maine
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: Atlantic Division
Founded: 1993
Home Arena: Cumberland County Civic Center
Colors: Black, red, silver, white
                   
Owner(s): Brian Petrovek
General Manager: Bob Murray
Head Coach: Kevin Dineen
Media: Portland Press Herald
Affiliates: Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Franchise history
1975 to 1982: Erie Blades
1982 to 1993: Baltimore Skipjacks
1993 to present: Portland Pirates
Championships
Division Championships: 1 (2005–06)
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 play in Portland, Maine, USA, at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The franchise was previously known as the Baltimore Skipjacks from 1982 to 1993.

History

The Pirates were founded in 1993–94 as an affiliate of the Washington Capitals. The team was previously known as the Baltimore Skipjacks, who relocated to Maine. 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, 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 subpar 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 1999–2000.

For the first four seasons, they were coached by current Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz. They played host to the AHL All-Star Classic in 2003.

In the 2006 AHL playoffs, the Pirates went for a thrilling playoff run, only to be defeated by the eventual Calder Cup-winning Hershey Bears in a dramatic 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 Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2005, but the Ducks announced on June 3, 2008, that they were affiliating with the Iowa Stars instead of renewing the agreement.

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The Sabres era

On June 10, 2008, the Pirates and the Buffalo Sabres announced that they had reached a new affiliation agreement, ending several months of speculation.[1]

On August 5, 2008, the team announced that Kevin Dineen has been retained as head coach.[2]

The market was previously home to

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