Privateers Will Not Move to Pennsylvania

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The owners of the 1000 Islands Privateers deny that they are contemplating moving the team to Pennsylvania.

This after an article in Williamsport, Pennsylvania's Sun-Gazette claimed that Watertown and Williamsport are "in a heated contest to snag a professional hockey team".
(Click here to read that article)

Privateers owner Nicole Kirnan tells 7 News that report couldn't be farther from the truth.

She says Williamsport may get a team at some point - but it won't be the Privateers.

That is regardless of what comes out of ongoing talks with local city leaders about a proposal to make the Watertown arena the Privateers home ice. (Click here to read our earlier report)

"The owners said right at the get go that they had to be out and looking at a variety of options to see what worked out for them," said Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham.

"Hopefully what we've tentatively worked out for this year is acceptable to them," he said.

Graham says the Privateers owners have assured him that this is not an "either/or" type deal. Both cities could end up with a Federal Hockey League team before all is said and done.

City Council will be briefed on the status of negotiations with the Privateers at a meeting Monday night.

Monday, November 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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