Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates to announce affiliation on Tuesday

The Portland Pirates have scheduled a press conference for 1pm Tuesday to announce their new NHL affiliate.

The Pirates spent the last three seasons as the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, but were left looking for a new affiliate when Ducks GM Brian Burke, announced last Tuesday they had signed a new two-year affiliation agreement with Schlegel Sports, owners of the AHL franchise located in Des Moines, Iowa. For the last several months, the Ducks have indicated they wanted to move their affiliation closer to Anaheim.

It’s expected the Pirates will partner with the Buffalo Sabres.

For the last 29-years, the Sabres have been affiliated with the Rochester Americans, but after an ownership squabble between both parties, the Sabres announced during last season they were effectively ending their relationship with the Amerks.

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