Maine’s annual Pride Weekend festivities are drawing to a close, and that means the NHL is set to hold its annual hockey broadcast in Portland.
The NHL has yet to announce the host city for the annual Pride broadcast, but the Portland Arena is the latest option the league has explored.
The league said in October that it was considering the Portland arena, which has hosted Pride events since 2014.
The Portland Arena, built in the 1920s as part of the Portland Art Museum, has hosted events for the league since 1985.
The Portland Arena has hosted games for the Portland Winterhawks, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Portland Pirates in the past.
The Blazers have hosted games there for more than 20 years, with games at the arena dating to 1994.
A Pride weekend game at the Portland venue would be a welcomed opportunity for the NHL, and the league could use a marquee event to showcase its newest-generation players and brand.
The league has a busy year ahead with its annual World Cup of Hockey, the Winter Olympics and the NHL All-Star Game, all of which are scheduled to take place in the United States.