The Portland Pirates will not return Maine next season after owner Rob Cain announced that they will sell the team and the new owner will move the team to Springfield, MA.

The Pirates just wrapped up their 2015-16 campaign which included a postseason appearance and were the AHL affiliate for the Florida Panthers.  Springfield’s prior AHL team had left the city to relocate closer to the parent club (Arizona Coyotes) in the southwest.

The Pirates twitter account was disabled at the time of the posting and the front page of the team website was advertising ticket sales for what was to be the next season in Portland.

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