- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A minor hockey league’s governing body has approved the sale of the Portland Pirates to a group of Springfield, Massachusetts, investors.

The Pirates will start playing in Springfield in the fall as an affiliate of the Florida Panthers. The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/20sli6T ) reports the American Hockey League’s Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale on Monday.

The Panthers are agreeing to a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Springfield club.

Springfield sought a new team to fill the void expected to be left by the Springfield Falcons. The Falcons are moving to Tucson, Arizona.

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