The Portland Pirates have a new majority owner, but it is unclear how the change in the ownership structure will affect attempts by Glens Falls officials to recruit the American Hockey League team as a new tenant for the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Pirates on Tuesday announced that Ron Cain, chairman and chief executive officer of Legacy Holding Co., based in Portsmouth, N.H., is now the team’s majority owner.
Cain previously was a minority owner, and the team’s alternate representative on the AHL Board of Governors, according to press release the team issued.
The Morning Sentinel of Waterville, Maine reported that Cain wants to restart lease talks with the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, where the team played until this season.
Contacted by The Post-Star, team spokesman Chris Knoblock would not comment on whether the ownership change would affect the team’s discussions with Glens Falls.
“We have no comment on anything to do with Glens Falls at this time,” he said.
Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond and Adirondack Chamber of Commerce President Peter Aust have said that Brian Petrovek, who is still the Pirates managing owner, visited Glens Falls in October to tour the Civic Center, the Glens Falls Recreation Center rink on Fire Road, and the downtown business district.
Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond said Thursday he was not aware of the ownership group change, and he is not certain if it will have any affect on the city’s discussions with the team.
“That’s news to us,” he said.
Diamond said he last spoke with Petrovek “a couple of weeks ago,” at which time they agreed to speak again in late December.
“I think we’re going to be talking again before the end of the calendar year,” Diamond said.
The Pirates left Portland because of a contract dispute with the Cumberland County Convention Center, which is finishing up a $34 million renovation project.
The team is playing this season at Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
Glens Falls officials are looking for a new AHL team to replace The Phantoms, which are scheduled to relocate next season to a new arena being built in Allentown, Pa.
-- Maury Thompson