For once, the Atlanta Thrashers have the right management staff in place. Most would agree that the ideal coaching staff is in place as well. The organizational depth chart is improving with trades orchestrated by General Manager Rick Dudley. Hey, even the fans are starting to realize that this National Hockey League Franchise is starting to turn a certain corner that will make them successful for years to come. Only problem is, there are no guarantees that the Phillips Arena will be the place to witness future success, certainly not if leaving Atlanta is in store.
The current ownership group of the Atlanta Thrashers lead by Bruce Levenson (Atlanta Spirit LLC), is actively seeking financial assistance to help this struggling franchise. Atlanta Spirit has made it abundantly clear of their intention to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta long term. In order for that to happen, any potential buyer or investor would have to have either a strong tie to the Atlanta area, or have a desire to allow the team to remain there.
Don’t expect former Atlanta Braves Pitcher Tom Glavine to have anything to do with becoming a savior. Recently, reports surfaced that Glavine had a strong interest in keeping the Thrashers right where they belong. Glavine made it clear that his intention is not to buy the financially strapped club, more so assist them in making sure the Thrashers stay in Atlanta. Perhaps as an investor?
“I am trying to do whatever I can do to keep the team here. Whether that is putting together a group locally or finding someone from outside the area. Any way my involvement will help, I am willing to do it,” Glavine stated.
Glavine grew up playing hockey in Concord, Mass, and was drafted (4th round 69 overall) in the 1984 NHL entry draft. The former pitching great, went on to win 305 games with the Braves and Mets after choosing baseball over hockey. He is a season Ticket holder with the Thrashers and coaches his son’s amateur hockey team in Atlanta.
“I have a huge interest in hockey and the Thrashers. I would hate to see them leave. My kids play hockey. It’s a big part of our lives. We want to be able to keep going to games,” Glavine said.
Bruce Levenson recently talked about Glavine’s strong interest in the team.
“Like us, it is my understanding that he would like to see the Thrashers stay in Atlanta and has indicated such to people in our organization,” Levenson said.
While there are certainly no promises from Tom Glavine’s side of things, one thing is clear, his desire to help keep the Thrashers in Atlanta. At this point, that’s all you ask for.
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