Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi is not winning over any NHL fans

The Dallas Stars just became the hardest team to cheer for in the National Hockey League. It’s not the fault of the players or coaches. It’s the owner, Tom Gaglardi, writes Rob McKenzie.
New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas, left, and Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel skate for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Dallas. The Stars won 4-3. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas, left, and Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel skate for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Dallas. The Stars won 4-3. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Dallas Stars just became the hardest team to cheer for in the National Hockey League.

It’s not the fault of the players or coaches. It’s the owner, Tom Gaglardi. What a maroon.

A court case in the Canadian province of British Columbia has cast him as an almost cartoonish villain.

When he’s not running the Stars, Gaglardi is chief executive of Northland Properties. And when he’s not running Northland, Gaglardi likes to unwind at his vacation property, aka “Tom’s Shack”, on Kamloops Lake.

In 2010, he decided to spruce up the place by putting in a boat ramp. He had some trees chopped down. And at his trial on environmental charges, evidence showed that workers under his supervision destroyed rocks that served as protection from shoreline erosion.

The judge, Stephen Harrison, fined Gaglardi and Northland C$140,000 (Dh441,000) and cited a salmon expert who said the renovations had turned the shoreline “from a very good fish habitat to a moonscape”.

Further, Gaglardi, 47, was a total jackanapes in court. According to a newspaper report: “Gaglardi wrote in his notebook throughout the trial, alternating between notes on the proceedings, Northland business and what appeared to be line combinations for the Dallas Stars. He also had to be told repeatedly by sheriffs to turn off his iPhone, which, at one point, he concealed in a book.”

Really, there is no way any neutral fan can cheer for Dallas now.

rmckenzie@thenational.ae

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Published: December 16, 2014 04:00 AM

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