Mighty Ducks sign five-year deal with Portland Pirates
The worst kept secret in all of Maine was finally made official today as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced that the Portland Pirates would be their new AHL affiliate effective immediately.
The two teams held a press conference in Portland, Maine to announce the five-year agreement. Mighty Ducks interim GM Al Coates was on hand, along with assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, Mighty Ducks prospects Tim Brent and Dustin Penner and Wild Wing. Representing the Pirates were Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek, President/COO Brian Williams and Salty Pete. Petrovek had this to say:
This is such a great day for our fans and for our entire organization and represents an important turning point in the history of Portland Pirates hockey. From my initial conversation with the Ducks, I knew that this had the makings of a special relationship, one that we’re confident will raise the bar beginning today and for many years to come. This is all about striving to be the very best, competing for championships and making a difference in our community. We’re looking forward to great days ahead.
Coates had this to say:
We are very excited to be coming to a traditional hockey market and working with the Pirates’ ownership and management team. Having our players in a marketplace conducive to both on and off-ice development with a group committed to winning will be very healthy for the continuation of our development that we’ve had over the last several years.
Salty Pete had this to say:
The speculation is finally over and the Portland Pirates are now officiall part of the Mighty Ducks family.