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    2016: The Pirates were eliminated from the playoffs May 1 in a 2-1 loss to the Hershey Bears. The team confirmed Wednesday it will move to Springfield, Mass. next season. John Ewing/Staff Photographer

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    1994: Joyce and Tom Ebright, the owners who brought the Pirates to Portland from Baltimore, were part of the championship parade on Congress Street after the team won the Calder Cup in its first season in Maine.

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    2001: Portland Pirates Brad Church celebrates after scoring on a power play against the Saint John Flames. In first period action at Harbour Station in Saint John in April 2001. Cindy Wilson Photo

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    2010: The Pirates championship banners hang from the rafters at the Civic Center. John Ewing/Staff Photographer

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    2016: Francis Wathier of Portland celebrates after scoring to give the Pirates the lead with less than three seconds in regulation. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

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    2012: Alexandre Bolduc tapes the top of his hockey stick in the Pirates locker room after a practice . The renovation of the Cumberland County Civic Center will include updating and expanding the space for the Portland Pirates hockey team. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    2001: Ron Tugnutt (#31) is being congratulated by Jay Mazur as the Portland Pirates defeated the Saint John Flames (5 nothing) in the Northern Conference championships. The Pirates won in 4 games in 2001. Peter Walsh/Special to the Press Herald

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    2012: Bridgeport #18, Michael Haley and Portland #11, Ryan Hollweg trade punches in a fight in first period AHL hockey action. Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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    1994: Brothers Jeff and Todd Nelson hoist the Calder Cup after the Portland Pirates won the American Hockey League title after the 1993-94 season, the team's first in Portland.

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    2012: Goal-side fans revel at the Pirates' first goal along with #39, Brett MacLean as the Portland Pirates host the Hershey Bears in first period AHL hockey action at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Hershey #5 is Cameron Schilling, goalie is #30, Daren Machesney. Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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    2015: Only a few fans dot one of the mostly empty sections at a Portland Pirates game at the Cross Insurance Arena. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

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    2016: Rocco Grimaldi of the Pirates chases Springfield's Eric Selleck for the puck. John Ewing/Staff Photographer

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    2013: Portland Pirates CEO/Managing Owner Brian Petrovek (left) and Ron Cain, a Pirates owner, announced that the team would be playing it's entire AHL schedule this season at the Colisee in Lewiston. John Ewing/staff photographer

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    2013: Portland Pirates fans will be following their team at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee hockey arena in Lewiston this season. Members of the Tree Street Youth Community Center, which is adjacent to the Colisee, show their support for the team before the game. John Ewing/staff photographer

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    1994: Barry Trotz was behind the Portland Pirates’ bench for four seasons, winning the Calder Cup in the team’s first year in 1993-94, then reaching the finals again two years later, losing in seven games to the Rochester Americans.

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    2013: Michael Stone, #28, of the Portland Pirates fights with Dean Arsene, #29, of the St. John's Icecaps along with their teammates during the first period of the St. John's Icecaps vs. the Portland Pirates hockey game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

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    2014: The crew at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland prepares the facility for the season opening game of the Portland Pirates by removing the hardwood floor to expose the ice. The crew first installs the glass, which takes about 45 minutes, and then starts on removing the hardwood floor, revealing the ice beneath. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

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    2014: Lucas Lessio of Portland celebrates his third period goal that evened the score between Portland and Providence in the Pirates home opener. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

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    1994: The sports section of the Portland Press Herald displayed the victory celebration after the Pirates won the Calder Cup in 1994.

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    2014: Eric McGough of Caribou waves a towel as the Portland Pirates take the ice for their home opener vs. the Providence Bruins at the Cross Insurance Arena. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

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    2016: The Portland Pirates host the Manchester Monarchs at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

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