The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they have been purchased by Boston based hedge fund manager Jeff Vinik. In addition, Vinik will also now own the home of the Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum, as well as two parcels of adjacent land.
In a press release, Vinik said he was psyched to be owning the National Hockey League franchise:
"Buying the Lightning and joining the Tampa Bay community is a dream come true, Vinik said. Ive been an avid hockey fan my whole life and I pledge to our fans that I will work my hardest to build the Lightning into a world class organization both on and off the ice. I hope to bring a high level of excitement and intensity back to Lightning hockey, with a goal of having the team consistently compete for the Stanley Cup. I have a passion for the game and will do my best to restore a winning culture at the St. Pete Times Forum that all of our fans and partners can be proud."