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PORTLAND — The late Mayor and City Councilor William Troubh will have his legacy placed on ice when city councilors rename the Portland Ice Arena in his memory.
The council vote is planned for Nov. 17, after the order passed a first reading on Nov. 3.
Troubh died Nov. 8, 2013. A founding partner of the Troubh Heisler law firm, he served several terms as a city councilor in the 1970s and 1980s, and two terms as mayor when the position was elected by councilors for a one-year term.
The request to rename the arena at 225 Park Ave. came from former Councilor and Mayor Gerard Conley, who also presides over the Portland Middle School Hockey Association.
In a letter to Mayor Michael Brennan, Conley credited Troubh for helping to get the arena constructed 30 years ago, and as first president of the association.
Conley said he and former City Managers Joseph Gray and John Menario will seek private funding to pay for costs associated with the name change. They would like to rededicate the arena next month to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its opening.
Troubh was also instrumental in bringing professional baseball back to Portland. The first effort to lure the Bristol (Connecticut) Red Sox to Portland failed in 1982, when the City Council would not approve a bond to renovate Hadlock Field.
In 1992, Troubh was part of a committee that brought the Portland Sea Dogs to the city as part of an expansion of the Eastern League. Troubh eventually became Eastern League president.