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NHL Team Owners We Love to Hate

Last week I pointed out Players We Love to Hate from Jonah Keri at ESPN.  This week it’s time for the team owners to hit the hot seat. 

And the first NHL team on the list—and in the blackened hearts of Chicago fans everywhere, no doubt—is Bill Wirtz:

5. Bill Wirtz, Chicago Blackhawks: Estimated to be worth nearly $4 billion, “Dollar Bill” is the embodiment of the greedy, frugal owner who refuses to invest in his franchise and instead watches it fall into ruin. His refusal to pay Bobby Hull and Jeremy Roenick led to both players leaving Chicago. He’s also presided over the departures of Chris Chelios, Dominik Hasek, Phil Esposito, the Sears Tower, Wrigley Field and Lake Michigan. As a final slap in the face, Wirtz has blacked out Blackhawks home games for years.

You can check out the rest of Keri’s story for some other dark choices, as well. (Specifically, numbers 11, 13, 16, 17 and 31.)

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

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