Peter Karmanos Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Owner and Governor of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced Michael Kahn as a partner in the ownership of the Hurricanes. Kahn is the Owner and Governor of Carolina’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
“Both organizations, the Hurricanes and the Checkers, are heavily committed to the growth of hockey in the Carolinas,” Kahn said. “Investing in the Hurricanes not only solidifies my support for Mr. Karmanos and his vision for the sport in the South, but also my support and belief in the growth of the game. The Hurricanes are a top notch organization led by Mr. Karmanos and Mr. Rutherford and I am extremely excited to have been afforded the opportunity to join them. I believe both organizations have very bright futures and I look forward to what is on the horizon for the Hurricanes, Checkers and the sport of hockey itself.”
Michael Kahn is owner and governor of the Charlotte Checkers, having purchased the team in June 2006. Born and raised in Atlanta, Kahn has been involved in the family-owned wine and spirits business all his life and he is vice president/COO of Empire Distributors Inc. which is owned by he and his brother, David, and was founded by their grandfather in Atlanta in 1940.
Kahn is a big supporter of the University of Georgia which has an athletic training facility that bears his name and he has funded numerous athletic and academic scholarships. He is a major contributor and serves on the board of directors for The Fletcher School in Charlotte, which has a building named in his honor on its new campus. Kahn, who has been nominated as the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year, resides in Charlotte with his family.
does this mean beer prices are gonna drop at the rbc??
Facebook is in full OMG we moving to Charlotte mode
Sure, they'll probably do more Pre-season games there, but that's it. Chillax.
Having Kahn as part owner is a good thing. He's another guy planted in NC and wants hockey in NC.
I dunno. I can see a small handful of regular-season games there at some point. It's not that odd for a pro team to move a small portion of their home slate to a nearby city. At the absolute peak of their popularity, the 1986 Celtics team that won 67 games, was 40-1 at home (37-1 at the Boston Garden, 3-0 at the Hartford Civic Center).
It also gives former Thrashers fans an option to see a game just four hours up I-85.
Personally, I'd love to see a four- or five-game Charlotte pack. (Although I'm still not buying any tickets until Maurice is let go.)