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The Portland Pirates hockey organization announced a restructuring of the management team effective immediately, which Portland Pirates majority owner Ron Cain called "a new era of Portland Pirates Hockey."
Cain will assume the position of Managing Partner/CEO of the Portland Pirates while current CEO Brian Petrovek becomes President, Business Development and continues in his role as AHL Alternate Governor, a Pirates press release explained. Joining Cain and Petrovek will be Portland Pirates Hall of Famer and current Vice President of LEGACY Global Sports, Brad Church, who will become the Portland Pirates' Chief Operating Officer and AHL Alternate Governor. Lyman Bullard will remain the Pirates' Chairman and AHL Governor.
Under the new corporate structure, all revenue generation and new business development of the Portland Pirates will be managed by Petrovek, including commercial rights/sponsorship sales, ticket sales, events and broadcast properties. Sponsorship sales and servicing will be managed in partnership with Shamrock Sports and Entertainment.
Church will manage the Portland Pirates' day-to-day activities, including oversight of the Pirates communications, administration, merchandise, and finance departments as well as hockey operations and team services. Church's role will include oversight of the Pirates' community relations, game day presentation, and brand management and serve as the "face" of Pirates hockey throughout the community, the press release explained.
"This management reorganization represents an important step in the company's renewed focus on strengthening relationships with customers, growing revenues across the board, and in retooling our brand locally with our fans," said Cain, who became majority owner of the Pirates on Dec. 10, 2013. He spearheaded a new five-year lease with the Cumberland County Civic Center.
"Expanding our executive team with the addition of Brad Church, a former Pirates captain and Hall of Famer, is an expression of the commitment I made to the business and to the community when I recently became majority owner," Cain said. "Brian, Brad and I are looking forward to working closely together and beginning a new era of Portland Pirates Hockey throughout the region."