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Portland Pirates will not call Glens Falls home

2014-01-29T16:15:00Z 2014-03-19T13:02:26Z Portland Pirates will not call Glens Falls homeMAURY THOMPSON -- Glens Falls Post-Star

The Portland Pirates, whose owner visited Glens Falls in November, is not the American Hockey League franchise city officials have been negotiating with in recent weeks to relocate to the Glens Falls Civic Center, said Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond.

Diamond revealed the information on Wednesday, after the Portland Press Herald reported that the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine, where the team used to play, had presented the Pirates’ owners with a new lease offer.

Diamond, contacted by The Post-Star, said the Cumberland County lease offer has no bearing on Glens Falls because city officials are not negotiating with the Pirates.

“We’re still in negotiations with another team (other than Portland,)” he said.

Pirates spokesman Chris Knoblock, contacted by The Post-Star, said the Pirates owners would not comment on the status of lease negotiations in Portland, or whether they are considering Glens Falls.

The Adirondack Phantoms, which now make the Civic Center home ice, are relocating at the end of this season to a new arena being built in Allentown, Pa.

Diamond said Tuesday that city officials had spoken with owners or representatives of five AHL teams since April 2013, and had narrowed their search to one team, which city officials had exchanged contract proposals with.

On Tuesday, Diamond would not say whether the team was the Pirates.

Brian Petrovik, managing owner of the Pirates, visited Glens Falls in November and toured the Glens Falls Civic Center and the Glens Falls Recreation Center rink on Fire Road, and met with city officials and business leaders.

The Pirates are playing in Lewiston, Maine, this season after leaving Portland because of a contract dispute with the Cumberland County Civic Center, which is finishing up a $34 million renovation project.

Diamond reiterated on Wednesday he has agreed to keep the identity confidential of the team considering relocating to Glens Falls.

He reiterated the team’s owners are expected make a decision in mid-February.

“We won’t hear until around the second week of February. We’re going to see where they go,” he said.

Diamond said last week the Oklahoma City Barons is not the team the city has exchanged contract proposals with.

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  1. VileWeed
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    VileWeed - February 06, 2014 1:29 pm
    @Jonny -

    They did give away a pretty sweet Whitney bobble head at the Phantoms last game down there. I'm gonna have Miner put it on the mantle next to his and Dax's!!!!
  2. smpotter
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    smpotter - January 30, 2014 8:42 pm
    Springfield Falcons have scheduled a major announcement for February 4th. Could it be?
  3. Jonny
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    Jonny - January 30, 2014 8:34 pm
    That's where I lost faith in the Mayor, he had the chance to get a team and $$$ put into the GFCC, but turned it down. A short time later he states the doors may need to be closed. Well, we had a chance to get rid of it and passed on the opportunity. From what I believe currently, my faith is restored in Jack. We will know what the truth is in a few weeks. I hope I'm right... but I've been incorrect before, and I'll be incorrect again at some point in the future. p.s. I hate Whitney, but I love watching him play. I don't see it being Albany, more likely a team with travel issues.
  4. Mrforumman
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    Mrforumman - January 30, 2014 6:53 pm
    Why not push Albany for legal mma, then you can pack the place
  5. VileWeed
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    VileWeed - January 30, 2014 2:59 pm
    If Albany ends up here, you can't make me cheer for Joe Whitney.
  6. VileWeed
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    VileWeed - January 30, 2014 2:57 pm
    The Rangers offered to move their AHL team here last year and buy the Civic Center - both facts.

    The Mayor said no because he didn't want an outside entity in control of the Civic Center. Months later, he plaid his case about Glens Falls not being able to control the Civic Center.

    Make up your mind.

    If the dormant Trenton ECHL team ends up in Glens Falls - you will know EXACTLY where the Mayor, and his pockets, lie.
  7. AHLTraveler
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    AHLTraveler - January 30, 2014 12:39 pm
    Barring a mutual ownership situation (like Hershey), no independently owned AHL team will sign a 10 year agreement. There are many teams that have been in the same building for more than ten years, but they are typically one to five year successive agreements.

    If you want ten or more years right out of the gate from a new team moving in, you are going to be disappointed.
  8. smpotter
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    smpotter - January 30, 2014 12:36 pm
    I follow the AHL closely and its near impossible to figure out whose lease is up and/or which teams are looking to move.Yes, the AHL is fluid with teams looking to move to increase their bottom line. That said, a lot of cities that are much larger are seeking teams. What bothers me most is the Mayor's approach and his prior statements that teams know where GF is and our history. Sorry, but that and $1.50 will get you a cup of coffee. His approach appears to be too little too late, especially if 4 teams were looking and only 1 remains a possibility. I'd say our odds aren't good. Everyone knew that Portland was looking but I knew they were going to stay in Portland. That leaves Bridgeport, Albany and maybe Syracuse. Calgary is not leaving Abbotsford because it costs them nothing with their sweetheart deal. The mayor says its not OKC, so who could it be? St. Johns is leaving but not this year. In addition, the AHL wants to protect the mid-west teams to a certain degree. Binghamton and Hamilton just renewed their leases. Maybe Norfolk? I guess we will know for sure in 2 weeks. But please, stop telling us we have to sell out our remaining games to get a team interested. They have done their homework regarding operating costs and GF has to be appealing. We have supported the Phantoms for 5 years despite poor management, a lousy parent team and a less than mediocre local on ice product. The fans have done their part.
  9. keith lou
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    keith lou - January 30, 2014 10:23 am
    The mayor has already screwed this up.His sucking up to the Brooks bros has already(from good sources)cost us a team for the future.He can only hope that another team comes.If not this is ALL on him!!!
  10. Jonny
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    Jonny - January 30, 2014 8:36 am
    Pretty bold statement. Are you accusing the reporter or the Mayor of lying? The information about what has transpired and what may happen is out there if you know where to look and who to ask. The Mayor is not lying, there have been teams actively pursuing contracts with the GFCC. It is silly season for the AHL. Some teams generally move every 3-4 years. The one unknown is what team. But that can be narrowed down considerably if you follow the AHL.
  11. MattyB
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    MattyB - January 30, 2014 2:17 am
    I never believed Portland was moving here, I have a good feeling on who is looking. But I just hope the Mayor doesn't screw this up. I think he needs a team to give us at least a 10yr deal if not more
  12. Sccintegra
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    Sccintegra - January 29, 2014 5:56 pm
    I hope no one is buying his lies.


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