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Pirates release 2007-2008 schedule

The 2007-2008 schedule for the Portland Pirates was released this morning as they head into the third year as the AHL affiliate of the Stanley Cup Champions Anaheim Ducks.

The Pirates will once again play an unbalance 80-game schedule, which is something I’ve never been able to advocate. For the second year in a row, the Pirates will not play a Western Conference team during the regular season. It’s a shame because you have former rival teams such as the Rochester Americans (Who doesn’t remember that epic battle of the 1996 Calder Cup Finals or more importantly game seven of that series) or an opportunity to play the Syracuse Crunch and see former Pirates’ Curtis Glencross and Zenon Konopka. It’s also too bad because the Pirates are missing out on playing the defending Calder Cup Champions Hamilton Bulldogs or Canadian rival Toronto Marlies (formerly St. John’s Maple Leafs), whom played in many great battles with Portland. It’s understood why teams like to keep close to home as well as the travel cost associated with running a franchise. There is a need to keep them in check; however, at the same time I think there needs to be a mix of teams visiting the Cumberland County Civic Center to keep the fans interested especially the teams mentioned because of the heritage with the league. Who could imagine Rochester not playing Portland after all the great battles in the 80’s?

As the Pirates begin their 15th season in the American Hockey League, they will open the season being Friday, October 5, 2007 with a pair of games at the Cumberland County Civic Center versus the Springfield Falcons and Lowell Devils. The Falcons will have a whole new look when take to the ice this year after entering a new affiliation agreement with the Edmonton Oilers. They should be much improved over past seasons as Edmonton has steadily stocked their farm club with quality prospects such as Ryan O’Marra (first round (15th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft), Andrew Cogliano (first round (25th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft), and goaltender Devan Dubnyk (first round (14th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft). The Lowell Devils are back for a second season; after tumultuous battle in the off-season with the City of Lowell, if attendance is poor it could be their last.

The Pirates have several special dates for the upcoming season including their New Year’s Eve game vs. Lowell and a first time ever game on Martin Luther King Day with a 1:05pm face off vs. Bridgeport. Also of note will be December 7, 2007 when Portland travels to New York to face former Pirate and fan favorite Trevor Gillies as he faces his former team as a member of the Albany River Rats. Gillies signed a one-year with the Carolina Hurricanes, Albany’s AHL affiliate, in July. Gillies will return to the Cumberland County Civic Center on January 11, 2008.

The 2007-08 schedule features mostly a weekend schedule something that will certainly cater the families of all ages. The Pirates play 15 games of Friday, 13 games on Saturday, 8 Sunday games and 2 each on Monday and Tuesday. Start times for all Friday and Saturday games will be 7:05pm and 4:05pm on Sundays. The Pirates will also face less three-in-three weekends as they play 10 this year as to 15 last season.

Portland will also have several milestones in reach this season. Pirates Head Coach Kevin Dineen will be in search of his 100th win behind the bench. Dineen will be entering his third season with the Pirates and will be only third coach in Pirates history to reach 100 wins (Barry Trotz (Nashville) and Glen Halon (Washington)). The Pirates can also reach 3,000,000 fans through the turnstiles at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

The Pirates will announce their promotional, radio and television schedule later this month.

PIRATES 2007-2008 SCHEDULE:

OCTOBER
Friday, October 5 vs. Springfield – 7:05 pm
Saturday, October 6 vs. Lowell – 7:05 pm
Friday, October 12 @ Springfield – 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 13 @ Worcester – 7:05 pm
Sunday, October 14 @ Lowell – 4:05 pm
Saturday, October 20 vs. Manchester – 7:05 pm
Sunday, October 21 vs. Springfield – 4:05 pm
Friday, October 26 vs. Worcester – 7:05 pm
Saturday, October 27 @ Manchester – 7:05 pm

NOVEMBER
Friday, November 2 vs. Philadelphia – 7:05 pm
Saturday, November 3 vs. Providence – 7:05 pm
Saturday, November 10 vs. Providence – 7:05 pm
Sunday, November 11 vs. Hartford – 4:05 pm
Wednesday, November 14 @ Providence – 7:05 pm
Friday, November 16 @ Manchester – 7:05 pm
Saturday, November 17 @ Worcester – 7:05 pm
Sunday, November 18 vs. Hartford – 4:05 pm
Wednesday, November 21 @ Lowell – 7:05 pm
Friday, November 23 @ Providence – 7:05 pm
Saturday, November 24 vs. Manchester – 7:05 pm
Sunday, November 25 @ Lowell – 4:05 pm

DECEMBER
Saturday, December 1 vs. Worcester – 7:05 pm
Sunday, December 2 @ Hartford – 4:00 pm
Friday, December 7 @ Albany – 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 8 @ Providence – 7:05 pm
Sunday, December 9 @ Bridgeport – 4:00 pm
Friday, December 14 @ Manchester – 7:05 pm
Saturday, December 15 vs. Springfield – 7:05 pm
Sunday, December 16 vs. Springfield – 4:05 pm
Tuesday, December 18 vs. Manchester – 7:05 pm
Friday, December 21 vs. Worcester – 7:05 pm
Saturday, December 22 vs. Worcester – 7:05 pm
Thursday, December 27 @ Manchester – 7:05 pm
Saturday, December 29 vs. Providence – 7:05 pm
Monday, December 31 vs. Lowell – 5:35 pm

JANUARY
Wednesday, January 2 @ Hartford – 7:00 pm
Friday, January 4 vs. Binghamton – 7:05 pm
Saturday, January 5 @ Springfield – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 9 @ Bridgeport – 7:30 pm
Friday, January 11 vs. Albany – 7:05 pm
Saturday, January 12 vs. Providence – 7:05 pm
Sunday, January 13 @ Lowell – 4:05 pm
Wednesday, January 16 @ Binghamton – 7:05 pm
Friday, January 18 @ Worcester – 7:05 pm
Saturday, January 19 @ Hartford – 7:00 pm
Monday, January 21 vs. Bridgeport – 1:05 pm
Friday, January 25 vs. Wilkes-Barre – 7:05 pm
Saturday, January 26 vs. Lowell – 7:05 pm

FEBRUARY
Friday, February 1 vs. Manchester – 7:05 pm
Saturday, February 2 vs. Providence – 7:05 pm
Wednesday, February 6 @ Hershey – 7:00 pm
Friday, February 8 @ Wilkes-Barre – 7:05 pm
Saturday, February 9 @ Bridgeport – 7:00 pm
Friday, February 15 @ Providence – 7:05 pm
Saturday, February 16 @ Hartford – 7:00 pm
Friday, February 22 @ Springfield – 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 23 @ Worcester – 7:05 pm
Sunday, February 24 vs. Norfolk – 4:05 pm
Tuesday, February 26 vs. Norfolk – 7:05 pm
Friday, February 29 vs. Lowell – 7:05 pm

MARCH
Saturday, March 1 @ Springfield – 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 2 vs. Hartford – 4:05 pm
Friday, March 7 vs. Bridgeport – 7:05 pm
Saturday, March 8 vs. Bridgeport – 7:05 pm
Sunday, March 9 vs. Hershey – 4:05 pm
Wednesday, March 12 @ Albany – 7:00 pm
Friday, March 14 @ Norfolk – 7:15 pm
Saturday, March 15 @ Norfolk – 7:15 pm
Sunday, March 16 @ Philadelphia – 5:05 pm
Friday, March 21 vs. Springfield – 7:05 pm
Saturday, March 22 vs. Manchester – 7:05 pm
Wednesday, March 26 @ Manchester – 7:05 pm
Friday, March 28 vs. Lowell – 7:05 pm
Saturday, March 29 @ Providence – 7:05 pm
Sunday, March 30 vs. Albany – 4:05 pm

APRIL
Friday, April 4 @ Worcester – 7:05 pm
Saturday, April 5 vs. Hartford – 7:05 pm
Wednesday, April 9 @ Lowell – 7:05 pm
Friday, April 11 vs. Worcester – 7:05 pm
Saturday, April 12 @ Springfield – 7:00 pm

*All Game Times Eastern Time

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