An Open Letter to the Buffalo Sabres: Keep the Pirates in Portland

February 26th, 2010 by Anthony Emerson Leave a reply »
Dear Buffalo Sabres and Portland Pirates executives,

There are a lot of rumors flying around about the potential that the Portland Pirates are leaving Maine and heading to Albany, New York.

There are a few reasons why the Pirates should stay in Portland:


1. Maine breathes hockey

Portland has had a team since 1977, when the Maine Mariners joined the American Hockey League, and stayed until 1992 before their parent team, the Boston Bruins, moved the team to Providence, Rhode Island.

Portland was awarded the Baltimore Skipjacks in return, and renamed them the Portland Pirates. They won the 1994 Calder Cup.

However, Albany's old AHL team, the Albany River Rats (affiliates of the Carolina Hurricanes) are moving to Charlotte, North Carolina to be closer to their affiliates.


2. Portland will fight to get the Pirates back

The Facebook group "Keep the Pirates in Portland" already has over 1,000 members, and was created less than a week ago (you can find it here:
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