Maine Hockey Journal

Cain joins Pirates ownership group

Could the Portland Pirates be one-step closer to relocating to Saco??

It’s very possible with the latest news coming from Northern York County as Dan Hickling of Biddeford’s Journal Tribune reported today that Ron Cain, co-owner of MHG Ice Centre, has bought a “significant” share of the AHL franchise.

Pirates’ Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek has been working with County leaders toward the potential renovation of the 33-year-old Cumberland County Civic Center, which is in need of massive repair. A recent study done by Brailsford and Dunleavy is currently before the Civic Center Task Force for review, at which point they will make a recommendation to the entire board of trustees of the county and eventually on to county taxpayers.

Petrovek, not willing to put all his eggs in basket, has been in conversations with Cain about the potential possibility of building a 4,500 seat arena on land adjacent to the MHG Ice Centre, which is off Exit 36 in Saco.

In the franchise’s 18th season, Petrovek has said repeatedly said in the past that he’s committed to seeing the civic center process through, but at the same time, he’s stressed the importance of something being done before their lease expires in two years.

Besides the renovation of the civic center, and the potential arena in Saco, the Pirates have also investigated the proposed 8,000 seat arena in Westbrook and Portland as part of the Stroudwater Crossing project.

The developer is scheduled to meet with county officials sometime this week to discuss the plan.

With the addition of Cain, who resides in Kennebunk, the Pirates and Jr. Pirates will look to combine operations and according to the JT article, Cain will be taking a role with the AHL team, while focusing on the MHG Centre.

NOTES: The Jr. Pirates open their season tonight at MHG with a game against Philadelphia.

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