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Pirates cancel preseason game

The Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League announced today that they have canceled their pre-season game against the Manchester Monarchs scheduled to be played this Saturday at the Portland Ice Arena.

“Due to the Sabres’ decision to extend the stay of many prospects and veterans further into training camp and participate in the NHL exhibition schedule, the Pirates’ training camp has been reduced in duration,” said Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek.

“As a result, we will not have the necessary number of players here in Portland this weekend to conduct an exhibition game at the Portland Ice Arena as previously planned. We look forward to introducing the 2010-2011 Portland Pirates to our fans on opening night, October 9 at 7 pm at the Civic Center.”

A Pirates representative will contact all fans who purchased advance tickets for the game to arrange a refund.