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Monday, June 20, 2005

nhl- The New Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Henry and Susan Samueli announced today they have officially assumed ownership of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, following approval by the National Hockey League (NHL). The Samuelis first announced their intentions to buy the team on February 25, 2005, when they reached an agreement to purchase the club from the Walt Disney Company.
“Susan and I are thrilled to be the new owners of the Mighty Ducks,” said Henry Samueli. “We want to thank the Disney organization for working in close and cooperative partnership with us to finalize this transaction.”
“Aside from being owners, we are fans first and foremost and can’t wait for the upcoming season to begin,” added Susan Samueli.
“The Samuelis have made a passionate commitment to hockey, to the Mighty Ducks and to the community of Orange County,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “The National Hockey League is pleased to welcome Henry and Susan, and we are confident the Mighty Ducks will flourish under their ownership.”
In addition to their interest in the Ducks, Henry and Susan Samueli also own Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, the company which operates the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. The Samuelis are also active and generous philanthropists who have given their support to many important charitable causes within the community.

fyi- No name change this year.