Lightning sold to Absolute Hockey Enterprises
The NHL Tampa Bay
Lightning has been sold to Absolute Hockey Enterprises, deal
still subject to approval.
Tampa Bay Lightning has been sold to Absolute Hockey, a group
including former Florida Panthers coach and Columbus Blue
Jackets General Manager Doug MacLean. Lightning will hold a
press conference to introduce the new owners and to discuss the
details of the transfer later today. The financial side of the
deal has not been disclosed.
The sale still need the approval of the
NHL Board of Governors. There is an unconfirmed rumor that
MacLean will be the Chairman and CEO of the Lightning and John
Tortorella will remain as head coach.
The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley
Cup in 2004 and have reached the playoffs for four straight
seasons. The Lightning recently snatched Kyle Wanvig, Stephen
Baby, and defensemen Shane O'Brien, while trading first round
pick Nikita Alexeev to the Chicago Blackhawks on the day of the
NHL Trade Deadline. The Florida team was eliminated 4-2 this
year by the New Jersey Devils in game six of the Eastern
The current owner of the Lightning is
William Davidson, an entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan. Among
his other pricey sporting possessions one can find the Detroit
Pistons of the NBA and the Detroit Shock of the WNBA. Davidson
is also the chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment.
If the deal is approved, the Tampa Bay
Lightning will become the second NHL team sold in the past week
along with the Nashville Predators.
Published on 08/07/2007