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Posted: April 24th, 2013

Erie Otters winger Stephen Harper stood 128th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which was released Wednesday. Harper, 18, slid 90 spots down the list after being picked 38th in the midterm rankings released in January. He had 18 goals and 38 points in 67 games this season after totaling 24 goals and 35 points in 63 games as a rookie in the 2011-12 OHL season.
Otters winger Nick Betz, 17, doesn’t appear in the final rankings after standing 106th among North American skaters on the midterm list. He had four goals and 12 points in 44 games this season. He missed two months of the season’s opening half recovering from an appendectomy.
Defenseman Seth Jones (Portland, WHL) and goaltender Zachary Fucale (Halifax, QMJHL) top the list among North American skaters and goaltenders, respectively. Sault Ste. Marie defenseman Darnell Nurse and Ottawa center Sean Monahan rank among the top five skaters, while Mississauga’s Spencer Martin ranks fifth among goaltenders. The Finnish-born duo of Aleksander Barkov and Juuse Saros top the list of European skaters and goaltenders, respectively. The NHL Entry Draft is set for June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Posted: March 17th, 2010

Portland, Maine – The Cumberland County Civic Center Board of Trustees announced today that they have agreed to a two-year lease extension with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

The extension, announced in a joint statement following the Civic Center Board of Trustees Meeting held at the Civic Center this morning, will carry the two sides through the 2011-12 season.

“We first want to thank our fans, sponsors, business leaders throughout the community, our players and coaches and the Sabres’ organization for all the support and encouragement we have received as this process unfolded,” said Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek. “We’re in a better place today than we were yesterday and that’s how I’m looking at the situation, with a focus on what we and the Trustees have in common moving forward – a desired outcome to transform the Civic Center into a state of the art facility for this community. We concluded, for a variety of reasons, that this market and the opportunities that we have before us, offer the best scenario to develop future Buffalo Sabres.”

Civic Center chairman Neal Pratt stated that “The Trustees are pleased that we were able to conclude this negotiation on a positive note. We feel strongly that the lease extension is beneficial to the parties and the community, and helps to maximize our ability to improve the Civic Center so it will continue as a strong contributor to the region, both financially and culturally.” He added that “the public nature of the negotiation helped to emphasize just how important it is for the public and private sectors to support renovations to the facility so we can remain competitive with newer and larger arenas.”

Mark Jeanneret, the Otters’ former media relations director and play-by-play announcer, is in his first season as the Pirates’ director of communications and team services.

- From Portland Pirates news release

Posted: March 2nd, 2010

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland Pirates fans continue to be in limbo about whether the American Hockey League franchise, which is affiliated with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, will be leaving Maine’s largest city.

CEO/Managing Owner Brian Petrovek denied reports that the franchise is destined for Albany, N.Y. His announcement Tuesday came after Bob Berber, general manager of the Times Union Center in Albany, told a newspaper that he expects to have a signed deal with Petrovek in seven to 10 days.

Petrovek insists to the Portland Press Herald that he remains in negotiations with county officials for a lease extension at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Mark Jeanneret, the Erie Otters’ former media relations director and play-by-play broadcaster, joined the Pirates this season as their play-by-play broadcaster and director of communications and team services.

- From Associated Press and staff reports