I got to thinking of each of the 30 NHL teams & their owners. If you could help me out by adding your team's owner & their importance(eg. how they made their fortune to own a pro sports' team). I will add the ones that I know of. Thanks.
Chicago:Bill Wirtz (cheap sob's)
Colorado:Stan Kronke,who's married to a Wal-Mart daughter
Detroit:Mike Illitch,founder of Little Ceasar's Pizza
NY Rangers: (some cable company, I do believe)
St. Louis:Bill & Nancy Laurie (Nancy is a also a Wal-Mart daughter)
Washington:Ted Leonsis (AOL chairman?)
Nashville's is Craig Leipold, he founded the Ameritel Corporation and sits on a few boards, he owns a few resturants but manly his wife is Helen Leipold-Johnson, daughter and heir of Sam Johnson of Johnson Wax.
Edmonton Oilers are owned by the Edmonton Investors Group, consisting of:
Cal Nichols (Chairman/Governor)
Gordon Buchanan (Alternate Governor)
The Edmonton Journal
Nilsson Bros Inc.
Rusty & Sherry Stalwick
EIG members do not get free tickets and spend millions in suite and ticket purchases themselves. If not for them Edmonton would not be in the NHL right now and they get alot support from fans and community. Every so often they hold meetings with the fans to discuss the team. They treat the fans like equals.
I guess Comrie was right, Edmonton is a communist city. :lol
Florida's owner with controling interest is Alan Cohen, who made his money off of sellin generic versions of perscription drugs. He was the former owner of Andrx.
Florida is also owned by Bernie Kosar (formerly of the Miami Hurricanes, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and Dallas Cowboys), Mike Maroone (Co-Owner is AutoNation and other car dealerships), Maroone's father, and some other guys. H. Wayne Huizenga, former owner, stills owns a minority interest as the guys he sold to are friends of his from AutoNation and ANC Corp.
The Boston Bruins owner is Jeremy Jacobs, who is chairman and CEO of Buffalo-based Delaware North Corporation, primarily a concessions giant with $1.6 billion in annual revenue. The company owns the FleetCenter while Mr. Jacobs owns the team itself. While many fans in Boston have complained about Jacobs in the past, he and Charlie Jacobs, the Bruins' Executive V.P., have been much more visible recently, including appearing on local sports radio shows to take calls from fans. Jeremy Jacobs will be hugely influential as the debate over a new CBA heats up. Despite not having a lot of playoff success in the last decade, the Bruins are known to have one of the highest profit margins in pro sports. Following the Bruins can be frustrating, but at least the franchise isn't a basket case like the Blackhawks.