“We are very pleased to renew our partnership with the Portland Pirates,” Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. “We are excited about playing our home games next season at the renovated Cumberland County Civic Center and are determined to put a winning team on the ice. Ray Edwards and his staff do a great job developing our prospects in Portland, one of the best hockey markets in the American Hockey League.”
The Pirates, of the American Hockey League, have been a development affiliate for the Coyotes since 2011-12. A total of 14-players played for both the Pirates and Coyotes this past season and five Pirates made their NHL debut in 2013-14.
Since 2011, 26 players have played for both the Pirates and Coyotes. That lists includes Coyotes standouts Rob Klinkhammer, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Michael Stone.
Last season the Pirates went 24-39-3-10 and finished last in the 15-team American Hockey League. In 2012-13 the Pirates went 41-30-3-2 and qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs but lost all three-games and were eliminated in the first round
“We are thrilled to renew our affiliation agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes,” Pirates COO Brad Church said. “They have been a great partner for the last three seasons and we have built a strong relationship with the organization. We’re excited that the Coyotes will send their top prospects to Maine once again as we return to the Cumberland County Civic Center."
The Pirates also announced on Wednesday that head coach Ray Edwards has also assumed the role as General Manager for the franchise.
“I am looking forward to my additional responsibilities as the general Manager,” Edwards said. “We want to build this team not only to provide the Coyotes with great players but also to provide the fans here in Portland with a winning team both on and off the ice.”