After enduring the worst season in franchise history, Portland Pirates head coach Ray Edwards received a promotion.

Edwards will be the general manager as well as head coach of the American Hockey League team, which will return to the Cumberland County Civic Center after spending a season in Lewiston that resulted in league lows for both performance and attendance.

Brad Treliving, formerly assistant general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes, had held the Portland general manager position until being hired last month as GM of the NHL’s Calgary Flames.

“I’ll be involved in the free agency session that begins July 1 and have a say in signing the players that we bring here this year,” Edwards said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon inside the Civic Center. “The other part of the job, the development aspect, that doesn’t change.”

Assistant coach John Slaney, equipment manager John Krouse and head trainer Mike Booi will also return to Portland.

The Pirates also announced a one-year extension of their affiliation agreement with Phoenix and a variety of ticket packages that will go on sale Thursday.

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