(NEWS CENTER) -- It is not looking likely that an East Coast Hockey League team will be coming to Portland in 2017. NEWS CENTER has learned that financial backing has been hard to come by. Plans for relocation of an existing team or plans for an expansion team would have to be presented to the ECHL board of Governors in January to make it in time for next season.
Former Portland Pirates owner Godfrey Wood and former Pirates player and G.M. Brad Church have been trying to find investors to help back a team that would play at the Cross Insurance Arena and fill the void left when the Portland Pirates were sold and then moved to Springfield, Massachusetts at the end of last season.
NEWS CENTER has learned that there have been multiple people showing interest in what it would take financially to bring an ECHL team to Maine but that none of those people have committed to the project.
The Cross Insurance Arena Board Of Trustees is still actively discussing and evaluating options to putting a hockey team in Portland by next season.
Cumberland County voters approved a 33-million dollar bond to pay for improvements at the Cumberland County Civic Center back in 2011. Barring a last-minute surge of financial support for a new hockey team, the management team of the now named Cross Insurance Arena will be forced to find ways to make the building economically feasible moving forward without an "anchor tenant".