NHL: 76ers Owner Josh Harris Purchases New Jersey Devils

Josh Harris, owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, purchased the NHL's New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

Aug 15 2013, 8:22pm CDT | by

NHL: 76ers Owner Josh Harris Purchases New Jersey Devils
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The New Jersey Devils have a new owner: Josh Harris, who also owns the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

Harris has David Blitzer as his co-owner, per the Newark Star-Ledger. Harris couldn't be more excited about being part of the Newark community. 

"It is with great pride I stand here today. I want to make the world a better place and I want to help communities. I'm really excited about being a part of Newark and being helpful."

He also enumerated the intangibles which ought to make the Devils an even more successful franchise, per the Associated Press.

"What I am interested in is absolute success on and off the ice, and having the highest quality people and bringing the fans a great experience and winning." 

The exact sales figure was not disclosed to the public with speculations about the sales price mostly off, according to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. However, reports have it the purchase could be as much as $320 million. 

Harris also quickly put the rumors of the Sixers moving to Newark to rest, saying,"The Sixers are staying in Philly."

With new ownership in place, the Devils named Scott O'Neill as CEO who will be responsible for the business side. Former owner Jeff Vanderbeek will assume the role of senior adviser.

President and general manager Lou Lamoriello, who has been around since 1987 while helping the team win three Stanley Cup trophies, stays on.

The NHL's official website states Harris was drawn to New Jersey due to family roots in the state. His grandparents lived in Newark while his father graduated high school in Caldwell, N.J.  

 

 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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