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.