May 6, 2012

Power play: Junior Pirates make move to build base in Lewiston

A purchase of prime ice time at the Colisee is forcing an existing youth league to move elsewhere.

By Paul Betit pbetit@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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MAINE'S FIVE LARGEST
YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS


Casco Bay Youth Hockey Association: 501 players

Lewiston Area Youth Hockey League: 310 players

Portland Junior Pirates: 275 players

Casco Bay Travel: 239 players

Auburn Youth League: 204 players

Source: Registrar, Maine Amateur Hockey Association

"First of all, you've got to have the players, and we think we can get to that," he said. "You've got to have a good building, and you've got to have a business relationship inside that building that makes sense. You've got to have sponsors and a community that can sustain a team. You really have to have a fan base."

Another key to success is stability.

"These young (players) and their families have to know it's a stable environment that they're in," Prince said.

"They have to know the team is not going be to moving, and the kids have to feel comfortable."

CO-EXISTING PROGRAMS

Brian Petrovek, CEO and managing partner of the Portland Pirates, said there is room for both the Junior Pirates and the LAYHL because they embrace different models for player development.

"It provides families and kids with choice," he said. "No program is for everybody. For those who choose the program that we offer, that is great. We think they're going to get their money's worth. But if our program doesn't suit your objectives, your needs or your lifestyle, then do something else and hopefully it's going to work for you." 

Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at:

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Twitter: PaulBetitPPH

 

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