PORTLAND — Portland Pirates Managing Partner/CEO Ron Cain and Governor Lyman Bullard announced Monday that the organization has accepted the resignation of Brian Petrovek, currently president, business development, who served as the company’s CEO for the past 14 years.

Petrovek oversaw the short-and-long term needs of the business, represented the franchise as an alternate governor at the league level, and participated regularly as a member of various league committees.

He took the lead role in developing the Pirates’ winning bids for the 2003 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic and the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic joining Rochester, Hershey and Providence as the only cities to host more than one AHL All-Star event in the league’s history.

“Ron, Lyman and I started talking more definitively about the opportunity and need for change as the ink dried on a new long-term lease with the Civic Center and the completion of the renovation project,” said Petrovek, “My decision allows Ron to steer the ship on his own course and begin a new journey for the brand and our fans and sponsors as the team prepares for the 2014-15 season and a much welcomed return to their longtime home, the newly renovated Cumberland County Civic Center and to a community where the franchise has a longstanding history and tradition.”

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