It’s off-beat enough, lends itself to the kind of rabid support that this city has mastered in basketball and soccer, and there is strong existing support for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks – who lead their league in attendance. Allen won’t break the bank for the NHL. That’s a shame. Atlanta.  On June 24, 2011, the American Hockey League approved the sale of the Rochester Americans to Pegula, it also included the buyout of the affiliation contract with the Portland Pirates. , On February 4, 2014, arena trustees and the Pirates announced that a five-year lease agreement had been reached and that the team would return to the Cross Insurance Arena for the 2014–15 season and should the team make the 2014 playoffs, it is possible they could return for those games, though Pirates ownership joked that with the team at the bottom of the division that day making such a scenario unlikely. Portland Winterhawks - WHL - hockey team page with roster, stats, transactions at Eliteprospects.com That’s a deal no one is eager to do, and could be a major reason why there hasn’t been any traction on expansion this year. The team qualified for the 2006 Calder Cup playoffs and made it to the Calder Cup conference finals, only to be defeated by the eventual Calder Cup-winning Hershey Bears in seven games. PORTLAND LUMBERJACKS Portland seems like a logical backup plan for the NHL. As the famous Stompin’ Tom Connors song goes, “the good old hockey game is the best game you can name,” and many local fans know this tune from our visits to our local arenas. The Vancouver-Seattle-Portland rivalry has been a boon for MLS. The four most popular teams have all won Stanley Cup(s) in the past decade. 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Can Portland land an NHL team? Includes news, scores, schedules, statistics, photos and video. It’s Portland that has the arena setup in place right now, and it’s Portland that has plenty of room for more pro sports. Previous-Owner Brian Shaw was a pioneer in many aspects of Junior Hockey, not only moving a team to the United States for the first time, but also is credited with designing the current CHL championship format of the champion from each of the three leagues (WHL, OHL, and QMJHL) as well as a host-city team competing for the Memorial Cup. Coincidentally, or maybe not, the Blackhawks share the same jerseys and logos as Portland’s Winterhawks. Do you think that Portland could support an NHL team? The real problem is that Commissioner Bettman isn’t anymore competent than Roger Goodell – he’s just a lot less famous. Tom Ebright, owner of the Baltimore Skipjacks, had a daughter who was an intern at the East Coast Hockey League's Nashville Knights. Allen, who would immediately be one of the league’s richest owners, a city starved for another sports team and ready to appreciate a sport that, along with soccer, is the most refreshing and exciting in the country, and an arena that is NHL-ready today. But as long as the NHL is Arizona, that talk will be serious and routine. The support is here. Philosophically, hockey works in Portland. In the end, Arizona kept the team with a new lease on Gila River Arena.  The Pirates responded by filing a lawsuit against the arena seeking enforcement of the original unsigned agreement outline and an injunction to prevent the arena from reassigning dates for Pirates home games to other events. Wood relocated the team to his home region of Portland, Maine, leading to the creation of the Portland Pirates in 1993 with an affiliation to the Washington Capitals. In 2005, the Pirates announced a five-year lease extension at the Cross Insurance Arena, ending speculation that the team might relocate. 52 comments. A Portland NHL team would draw fans from all of the Willamette Valley and the rest of Oregon, but also SW Washington and even up into Puget Sound--there's more people from Seattle to Eugene than there is in the entire Front Range of Colorado. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky. , A team of investors headed by former Pirates executives W. Godfrey Wood and Brad Church—the latter a former Portland player as well—announced their intentions to put an ECHL team in Portland to fill the void, joining as early as 2017. They could put the team in the same arena as the Trail Blazers. Seattle’s problem is tied up in getting an arena built for the NBA team they perpetually hope they’re getting. The metro area and television markets are large enough, and Portland is just close enough to Vancouver and San Jose to foster meaningful rivalries in the Western Conference. The first team based in the United States to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup was the Portland Rosebuds, who lost the 1916 series, three games to two, … The agreement included the sharing of concessions revenue the Pirates sought, which may or may not have included alcohol sales pending passage of Sen. Alfond's bill. It would be great to get a team here! So what do you guys think? Some big cities in this country are bad sports towns. For now, we wait. Gary Bettman, who probably still has stock in Freddie Mac, doesn’t want to give up on Arizona. The first game would be played on November 12 and the second would be March 7; both games would be against the Rochester Americans (the Sabres' then previous AHL affiliate). For the full season-by-season history, see List of Portland Pirates seasons. It’s simple. The team then missed the 2007 playoff. In 2013, if you believe reports, Paul Allen almost bought the Arizona Coyotes and moved them to Portland. The Pirates were affiliated with the Washington Capitals, the Anaheim Ducks, the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona … Under general manager and CEO Wood, who invested in management and creative marketing, the Pirates led the AHL in tickets sold, sponsorships, and sellouts for their first 3 years. Do you think Portland would be suitable for a team? Arizona won’t last. Officially only #50 has been retired by the Portland Pirates.  In June 2017, Comcast Spectacor, the operators of the Cross Insurance Arena and the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, purchased the franchise rights of the recently dormant Alaska Aces of the ECHL. Allen, who would immediately be one of the league’s richest owners, a city starved for another sports team and ready to appreciate a sport that, along with soccer, is the most refreshing and exciting in the country, and an arena that is NHL-ready today. Problem is, Bettman’s baby is hockey in the south – which has mostly been a disaster for the league – not the Northwest. , This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Pirates. Allen, of course, has no part in the NBA to Seattle movement – so if the mogul wants hockey, despite his roots, it will be in Portland. Tampa Bay. , The Pirates announced on September 26, 2013, that they would indeed play their entire 2013–14 home schedule at the Colisée. The franchise was previously known as the Baltimore Skipjacks from 1982 to 1993. The league will not move east in order to avoid further conference shuffling. I know that the NHL isn't really looking to expand right now, but I'm visiting the city, and I'm in a bar right now after a Winterhawks (Western Hockey League team) game at the Rose Garden arena. This is a gaping opportunity. Their home arena was the Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland, Maine. In McGowan, Allen has a point man for hockey that he can trust. Until then, … Arena trustees stated there would be no Pirates hockey at the arena that year and began seeking other tenants for the dates originally given to the Pirates. Here's a fun piece of speculation going around today: It's possible that the Arizona Coyotes may be moving to the Pacific Northwest, and Portland may be an option for the National Hockey League team. For the first four seasons, the head coach was Barry Trotz, who later became a long-time NHL head coach and won a Stanley Cup. "Portland has an NHL-ready arena in the Rose Garden, and that city was a rumored destination for the Coyotes once before (the move came a lot closer to happening than most fans know). On March 17, 2010, the Pirates signed a two-year lease extension with the Cross Insurance Arena. The now 32-team NHL has new representation in Portland, Las Vegas, and Quebec City. The rumor mill will likely continue to churn until the Coyotes settle on their final destination. Earlier Monday, the Coyotes’ majority owner announced he was selling. For Allen, there don’t appear to be any real drawbacks. The feeling around the situation is that Allen would like to buy a team, but only at the right price-point. , On October 24, 2013, it was announced that the team had 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 Phoenix Coyotes said they were prepared to move forward despite having hoped differences with the arena would be resolved. It helps that Portland has already … The Pirates then announced that they would look for another arena to play their 2013–14 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 arena. The NFL isn’t coming here. The arena is here. On June 10, 2008, the Pirates and the Buffalo Sabres announced that they had reached a new affiliation agreement, ending several months of speculation. , On March 18, 2015, the Pirates announced an affiliation agreement with the Florida Panthers to begin in the 2015–16 season and that Eric Joyce, the general manager of Florida's previous AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, would take over the same position in Portland. At the moment, the NHL doesn't have plans to expand after 2020. The Portland Winterhawks are a junior ice hockey team based in Portland, Oregon, playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL), one of three leagues making up the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Glendale is losing a ton of money on the team yearly, which is why it pulled the plug on the arena lease. Portland won the Memorial Cup in 1983 and 1998. The Capitals affiliation ended after 12 seasons in 2005. It have the 2nd best attendance in the WHL, they have an arena built that is hockey ready, and the fans are very classy imo :) Also Portland only has 1 big 4 team which is basketball, and nfl and mlb would never happen.  Their next season they had 104 points but were upset in the 1st round of the playoffs. The official website of the Maine Mariners of the ECHL 'AA' hockey league is your source for Mariners news, tickets, video, merchandise and more! The Pirates first season proved to be their most successful as they won the Calder Cup with a 43–27–10 record and was third overall in attendance with an average of 5,872 fans. With a brand new arena opening in downtown San Francisco for the Golden State Warriors, it’s the perfect opportunity for an NHL team – though their owner doesn’t seem to have much appetite for a hockey team. The league announced it has postponed games for the Buffalo Sabres through Feb. 8 … Their home arena was the Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland, Maine. Because let’s face it, Portland isn’t exactly the NHL’s first choice. But it was a team from Portland, that in 1916, became the first American club to engrave its name on the Stanley Cup — and they didn't even win it. The Winterhawks were also pioneers of promotion and are credited with the inventio… It’s much more a slam-dunk. The Pirates had to sign off on the agreement, since their agreement with the Sabres ran through 2014. The best-case scenario for how this ends if you’re a Coyotes fan is fifteen more years of bad teams and empty seats in Arizona. The chairman of the trustees stated that he found Cain's comments on the issue "constructive" and he thus was willing to restart talks. The dates for four games had to be changed from the original schedule. The Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks may not boast big-name talent, but make no mistake — the National Hockey League starts here. Portland, professional baseball's perpetual bridesmaid, is apparently on the short list of cities that could be getting a Major League Baseball team… Liking the way the Knights did business, Ebright contacted Knights owner, W. Godfrey Wood, asking to relocate the Skipjacks to a better market. share. Due to the dispute, the Pirates played their entire 2013-14 home schedule in Lewiston. The NHL schedule will need to make some adjustments. Let’s hope Paul Allen wants it.  The Pirates filled the void made by the Maine Mariners who had departed to become the Providence Bruins a year earlier. As a relocation candidate (because NHL will already be at 32 with Seattle, and I don’t see them adding more teams after that) EDIT: I’m referring to Portland, Oregon. Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena, the renamed and refurbished Cumberland County Civic Center, has been home to the Maine Mariners of yore (1977-1992), the Portland … The official site of the Portland Trail Blazers. The NHL is greedy, but that’s not unusual for a business. , On August 5, 2008, the team announced that Kevin Dineen has been retained as head coach.. With the Ducks, the Pirates had more mixed success. Attendance was around 9,400 people, which is fairly high for the WHL. The Portland Winterhawks are proud to announce three players are named on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch List for the 2021 NHL Draft. Ron Cain, the new majority owner stated he was not concerned about getting a new affiliation agreement with the Coyotes for 2015–16 because it seemed likely that they were going to move their affiliate closer to Glendale, Arizona.. Hardly anyone, outside of their nightly paid attendance of just over 13,000, will miss them if they take off.  It was reported that the team would be relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts following the pending sale and relocation of the Springfield Falcons franchise to Tucson, Arizona. , Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, who is from Portland, announced that he submitted emergency legislation to the Maine Legislature to allow the Pirates to receive a share of alcohol revenue, as the original agreement had called for. TV ratings vary a lot from market to market, but they're usually pretty low in the States as it is. The Pirates promised refunds to those who had bought tickets for the game in Lewiston, and stated that all ticket proceeds from the Saco game would go to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital in Portland.  By March 8, the arena owners had narrowed their choices to the proposals submitted by Spectra and National Sports Services, with both groups having been involved with managing ECHL teams in their past. , After obtaining a majority share of the team, former minority owner Ron Cain stated on December 17 that should an agreement with arena trustees not be reached within a month, that he would consider moving the team to the aforementioned Saco land or even out of state if necessary. The NHL in Seahawk, Packer and Browns country.  However, progress to attain a franchise by the Portland group stalled until four groups, none of which involved Wood, submitted their own proposals at the end of February 2017. By Lizzy Acker. The league approved of the sale and relocation of the franchise to Portland on June 15. The NHL should know. MLB in Charlotte and Portland. Seems like the hockey world is too. On June 27, 2011, the Phoenix Coyotes announced that the franchise had entered into a five-year player development contract with the Pirates. Owner Ron Cain also revealed that he had explored the possibility of moving the team to Glens Falls, New York to replace the departing Adirondack Phantoms, going so far as to send CEO Brian Petrovek to Glens Falls for discussions, but that he wanted the Pirates to remain in Maine too much to do so. Miami. On February 10, 2009, the team played in Buffalo at HSBC Arena for the first time before a crowd of 11,144. It was then announced that the Pirates would play in Buffalo twice in 2009–10. 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