Portland Pirates remain in Atlantic Division after AHL’s expansion and realignment

The AHL on Wednesday announced changes to the alignment of its 30 teams for the upcoming season.

With the relocation of the Lowell (Mass.) franchise to Albany, N.Y., and the additions of Charlotte (N.C.) and Oklahoma City, each conference will have one seven-team and one eight-team division.

The Portland Pirates will remain in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with Bridgeport, Hartford, Manchester, Providence, Springfield and Worcester.

NHL: The Boston Bruins announced the promotion of Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely to team president from vice president, filling a role that was vacant since Harry Sinden stepped down in 2006 after 17 years as president.


TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Zach Lauzon pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three, to lead Dead River Company to a 2-0 win over Patriot Insurance (0-4).


BOWDOIN NAMES COACH: Marissa O’Neil was named head coach of the Bowdoin women’s hockey team.

O’Neil, a 2005 graduate of Bowdoin, was an assistant at Amherst and most recently was head coach at Williams. She replaced Stacy Wilson, who left after three years.