(NEWS CENTER – The Portland Pirates announced Monday that they have accepted the resignation of former CEO and President Brian Petrovek.
The Pirates are fresh off one of the worst seasons on ice and off. The Pirates and the Cumberland County Civic Center started the year at odds with lease negotiations going nowhere. The Pirates were forced to play the entire 2013-2014 season in Lewiston.
In a prepared statement Petrovek said "(Owner) Ron (Cain), (Chairman) Lyman (Bullard) and I started talking more definitively about the opportunity and need for change as the ink dried on a new long term lease with the Civic Center and the completion of the renovation project." Petrovek added "My decision allows Ron to steer the ship on his own course and begin a new journey for the brand and our fans and sponsors as the team prepares for the 2014-15 season and a much welcomed return to their longtime home, the newly renovated Cumberland County Civic Center and to a community where the franchise has a longstanding history and tradition."
The Portland Pirates and the Cumberland County Civic Center finally came to terms on a new 5 year lease that returns the Pirates to the Civic Center in the 2014-2015 season.
Current Pirates owner Ron Cain said of Petrovek "What Brian and his family have contributed to the business over the past fourteen years, from hosting two AHL All Star Classics, securing successful relationships with NHL affiliates during times when the team's future was uncertain, to his tireless efforts during the Civic Center's successful bond renovation campaign, let alone all the work he and his wife have done locally serving on a myriad of civic, community and charitable boards, has been second to none and will be missed."