Pirates welcome 3 millionth fan

On Sunday afternoon, Ronald Morin of Bedford, N.H., walked through the doors of the Cumberland County Civic Center at around 3 p.m. as the three-millionth fan in Portland Pirates history.

Morin was honored during the second intermission as he walked out on the ice and into the Pirates’ record books. As part of the festivities, Pirates managing owner/CEO Brian Petrovek presented Morin with a custom-made Pirates "Three-Million" jersey, featuring the number 3 on the back and the word MILLION on the nameplate, as well as a commemorative plaque marking the milestone.

Morin, who came to the game with his dad, received the following:

• 3 Season Tickets
• A PlayStation 3
• Team Jersey
• Seats in the Owner’s box for a game during the 2008-09 season
• $50 gift card from Shaw’s Supermarkets
• Three (3) $100 gift certificates from NAPA Auto Parts
• Twelve (12) free car washes from Sudzie Autowash
• Burritos for a week for one year from Costa Vida
• A Commemorative Plaque

Portland is one of the American Hockey League’s most longstanding franchises, having reached the three-million fan plateau in their 15th season in the American Hockey League. In the history of the Portland franchise the Pirates have had 84 sellouts. The largest crowd in franchise history was the sellout crowd of 7,420 on Feb. 4, 1995 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.