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April 4, 2011 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Portland Pirates News Release

Portland Press Herald Autism Awareness Night

Come out to the Civic Center on Wednesday as first-place in the Atlantic Division could possibly be on the line as the Pirates take on the Manchester Monarchs in a 6:30 p.m. faceoff.

The Pirates host their first ever Autism Awareness Night presented by the Portland Press Herald. The Pirates will wear commemorative jerseys accented with bright puzzle pieces, the international symbol of autism. Funds will be raised for the Autism Society of Maine through advance ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.

Individual tickets for the game are available by visiting ticketmaster.com, by calling 207-775-3458 or by visiting the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office. Advance ticket prices are $13 for Quarter Deck, $16 for Main Deck and $17 for Premium Main Deck. Student/Senior pricing is $11 for Quarter or Main Deck tickets and $12 for Premium Main Deck seating. Purchase your tickets in advance and save on the $2 increase on all ticket prices for day of game purchases.

Cash in on the value of a Pirates Season Ticket and you could save up to 37% compared to the Box Office price and enjoy the luxury of your own reserved seat for all of the exciting Pirates home action during 2011-12 American Hockey League season. It's still only $50 to get the best seat in the house and convenient, interest free payment options are available.

To order your Season Ticket Package and Join the Crew for the Pirates 2011-12 season please visit the Season Ticket Holder Table located in the main lobby during any remaining Pirates home game, call 207-828-4665 ext. 350.

T-Shirt Giveaway/Shirts off their Backs Night

Join us at the Civic Center on Sunday for the final regular season home game of the season as the Springfield Falcons come to town for a 4 p.m. faceoff.

The first 2,500 fans into the game will receive a free t-shirt from Five County Credit Union.

It's the last Pirates Student Achiever games of the regular season, presented by Aquafina. More than 250 schools currently participate in the Student Achiever program sending over 65,000 students to a Pirates games throughout the 2010-2011 season, for FREE!

It's the finale of the Shirts Off Their Backs promotion where lucky fans will win the jersey right off a player's back at the conclusion of the game.

In addition, players will be recognized at the end of the game in the Creative Awards Team Awards Ceremony.

Fans can purchase five Main Deck Tickets, five Daily Scrolls and five Chuck-a-Pies for only $60 (valued at $100 if purchased individually). Click here to download an order form.

All NextGen Pirates Kid's Club Members receive FREE tickets to the game, and special activities for NextGen Pirates Kid's Club Members only.

Individual tickets for the game are available by visiting ticketmaster.com, by calling 207-775-3458 or by visiting the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office. Advance ticket prices are $13 for Quarter Deck, $16 for Main Deck and $17 for Premium Main Deck. Student/Senior pricing is $11 for Quarter or Main Deck tickets and $12 for Premium Main Deck seating. Purchase your tickets in advance and save on the $2 increase on all ticket prices for day of game purchases.

2011 Playoff Tickets

The Portland Pirates have officially clinched a playoff berth in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. This marks the 14th time the Pirates have qualified for the playoffs in their 18-year history. Let's get ready for Portland Pirates Playoff Hockey MISSION: 16W, powered by Time Warner Cable.

Mancari and Gragnani Named First-Team AHL All-Stars

Portland Pirates forward Mark Mancari and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani were two of six players announced by the American Hockey League as members of the 2010-11 AHL All-Star First Team as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league's 30 member cities.

Mancari has again put up offensive numbers that rank amongst the AHL leaders, ranking tied for third in goals (32), and eighth in overall points (64) in 56 games for Portland. The London, Ontario native has been on recall to Buffalo since March 10th and has earned six points on a goal and five assists in 15 games with the Sabres.

Another Pirates player currently on recall to Buffalo, Gragnani has had a record-breaking season for Portland. In 63 games, the veteran defenseman leads the AHL in points by a defenseman (60) and assists (48). Gragnani's 60 points and 48 assists are both Portland Pirates franchise records for a defenseman. The 24-year-old Montreal, Quebec native has skated in four games for Buffalo this season, while earning his first career NHL point on an assist against the New York Rangers on March 30th.

Rounding out the First Team are Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Brad Thiessen, Houston defenseman Maxim Noreau, Oklahoma City left wing Alex Giroux, and Binghamton center Corey Locke.

Players named to the 2010-11 AHL All-Star Second Team include Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford, Binghamton defenseman Andre Benoit, Manchester defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov, Hamilton left wing Nigel Dawes, Hershey center Keith Aucoin, and Chicago Wolves right wing Darren Haydar.

Adam Selected to the AHL All-Rookie Team

Portland Pirates forward Luke Adam was one of six played announced by the American Hockey League as members of the 2010-11 AHL All-Rookie Team, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league's 30 member cities.

Adam has been a fixture near the top of the AHL's rookie scoring list all season, ranking first in goals (25), tied for fourth in assists (29) and second in points (54) in 49 games for Portland. The 20-year-old Newfoundland native also ranks second amongst AHL rookies with a plus/minus rating of plus-22. A second-round draft pick (44th overall) by Buffalo in 2008, Adam has played in 19 games for the Sabres while earning four points on three goals and an assist. The 2011 AHL All-Star earned his first career NHL point on an assist against Toronto on November 26, 2010 and first career NHL goal at the Boston Bruins on December 7, 2010.

Other players named to the AHL All-Rookie Team include Manitoba goaltender Eddie Lack, Adirondack defenseman Erik Gustafsson, Grand Rapids defenseman Brendan Smith, Charlotte forward Zac Dalpe, and Bridgeport forward Rhett Rakhshani.

Heart Walk 2011

The Pirates invite fans, friends and family members to join our team as a member of the Salty Pete Pacers for the Southern Maine Heart Walk. This family-oriented event blends the benefits of physical activity, community involvement, and personal giving to help raise funds for research and education.

Second year defenseman T.J. Brennan is serving as the Pirates player representative for the Southern Maine Heart Walk. Brennan's grandmother passed away after suffering a heart attack when she was only 49 years old.

Heart disease is killing people from Maine in increasingly frightening numbers. Last year alone, over 4,000 Mainers died from heart disease. That's one in every 330 residents of our state. And more than 25,000 Mainers are living with heart disease. That's one in every 50. Odds are a few of them are people you know. A friend, a family member, a loved one.

Sunday Family Five Packs

Sunday Family Five Pack provides you with 5 Main Deck Tickets, 5 Daily Scrolls and 5 Chuck-a-Pies all for the discounted price of $60

(valued at nearly $100 if purchased individually). Additional tickets can be added on to the package at a price of $18 each (includes game ticket, Scroll and Chuck-a-Pie vouchers).

The final Sunday Family Five Pack game of the season takes place this Sunday when the Pirates face the Springfield Falcons.

To order, call (207) 828-4665, ext. 350 or download our Sunday Family Five Pack Order Form.

You can also purchase Sunday Family Five Packs at the Civic Center Box Office on day of the game.

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