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by George Malik on 05/09/12 at 10:31 AM ET
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, the NHL will formally announce that a group of investors led by Tom Stillman have purchased the St. Louis Blues today, and the announcement may or may not include the presences of both Gary Bettman and one Brett Hull, who’s rumored to be leaving the Stars to join St. Louis’s management team:
On Tuesday, the NHL’s Board of Governors unanimously approved a bid by a group of St. Louis investors that is led by Stillman. The final step is the closing of the sale, which is scheduled for today. Stillman, who has been a minority owner of the Blues since 2007, will be introduced at a news conference Thursday at Scottrade Center. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to be on hand.
Stillman’s group will become the eighth owner of the Blues since the franchise’s inception, following Dave Checketts/SCP Worldwide (2006-present), Bill Laurie (1999-2006), Kiel Center Partners (1991-1999), Mike Shanahan (1986-1991), Harry Ornest (1983-1986), Ralston Purina (1977-1983) and the Salomon family (1966-1977).
Stillman, who is CEO of Summit Distributing in St. Louis, heads a list of local investors that will pay an estimated $130 million for the Blues, the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League and ‘significant interest” in the Peabody Opera House. In December, Forbes valued the Blues at $157 million, 27th among 30 NHL teams. The team was purchased in 2006 for $150 million.
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