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Tom Gaglardi speaks during an NHL hockey news conference announcing him as the Dallas Stars new team owner on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth ) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
Tom Gaglardi speaks during an NHL hockey news conference announcing him as the Dallas Stars new team owner on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth ) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

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Tom Gaglardi: In his own words Add to ...

Tom Gaglardi speaks with Vancouver-based writer David Ebner about buying the Dallas Stars out of bankruptcy:

“It was an extremely difficult, long process, a lot of stakeholders, a lot of lawyers, a complicated court process. It took longer than anyone could have ever thought. It was very frustrating at times. I’ve never been involved in such a complicated process.”

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“Dallas was one of the top franchises. As recently as 2003, it was the No. 1 revenue team in the NHL. It’s had years of sellouts. It was a winning franchise. [But]it’s tough for a fan to get excited about a team owned by 40 banks going through bankruptcy.”

“The Canucks thing [court battle for ownership]is so far in the past, it was not much of a factor for me in this. I’ve had opportunities to look at other teams since then. It was about what team and what market. This market is too good for me not to get involved. This franchise has been up for most of its existence. … It’s a massive market, about 6.4 million people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the fourth largest in North America. There’s no reason the building shouldn’t be full. We’re going to get there.”

“I expect the players to make an even bigger commitment than they’re making today. They’re part of the solution. I had a chance to chat with some of them, one-on-one afterward, later throughout that day, and it was great. The sports business isn’t a whole lot different than the hotel business. The hockey business is a service business. It’s a business I know, and am comfortable in. I’m not a fish out of water.”

“I’m half-Texan [my parents met in Texas] It’s certainly sentimental for me.”

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