Portland, ME – One of Maine’s senators have spoken on the issue of the Portland Pirates possible relocation to Albany, NY.
Earlier today, Sen. Susan Collins’ office released a statement regarding the situation in response to a recent letter that Sen. Chuck Schumer wrote to Buffalo Sabres Managing Owner Larry Quinn.
“It is outrageous that Senator Schumer is attempting to take the beloved Portland Pirates away from Maine, especially while contract negotiations are still underway between the team owners and the Civic Center,” said in the statement from Collins. “Portland has been home to the Pirates since 1993, and the team enjoys strong support from its many devoted fans in the greater Portland community and across the state.”
On Tuesday, Sen. Schumer sent a letter to Quinn indicating that the Sabres should relocate the Pirates organization to Albany for the 2010-’11 season.
The letter was poorly written and filled with inaccuracies as Schumer looks to restore hockey to the Capital District of NY after the Albany River Rats were sold to a North Carolina businessman, who intends to relocate to Charlotte, NC next season.