Mighty Ducks AHL team moving to Portland?
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have used the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks as their AHL affiliate for nine years now, but that could be coming to an end after this season. The Cincy Ducks, currently in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs against the Chicago Wolves, are rumored to be moving to Portland, Maine as soon as their season ends.
The Portland Pirates hockey team had an affiliation with the Washington Capitals, but that has been terminated as Washington will now be affiliated with the Hershey Bears, who were affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche. If you care who the Avalanche's new affiliate is, go look it up on Google, this is a Mighty Ducks blog and I've taken it as far as I am willing to.
The reason for the switch by the Mighty Ducks would be travel costs, allegedly. Instead of having to fly to road games the Portland location would allow them to bus the team to road games against teams like Manchester, Providence, Lowell, Worcester, etc. The Pirates have a solid following in Portland and Maine is a very solid hockey state.
An official announcement is expected to be made as soon as the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks season is over, so let's hope the teams last game is the one in which they clinch the Calder Cup!