Bruins Owner, NHL BOG Chair Jeremy Jacobs Set To Enter Hockey Hall Of Fame
Bruins Owner JEREMY JACOBS tonight will be inducted into the Hockey HOF, and he will be "remembered most -- both good and bad -- for his iron hand in collective bargaining talks through the years with NHL players," according to a profile by Kevin Paul Dupont of the BOSTON GLOBE. Having served as NHL BOG Chair the last 10 years, Jacobs will be "enshrined in the Builders category." Jacobs said of his role in the implementation of a salary cap in wake of the lockout of '04-05, "I wanted to see a long-term relationship -- a sport that could live. We were going through owners because there was a (financial) loss that existed. I thought taking the long-term view instead of the short-term view was going to be best for everybody -- players and the game itself. There’s a lot of balance now. Who ever would have thought that Nashville would be in the finals? These are things that are going on now that I don’t think we ever anticipated." Jacobs, who also serves as Delaware North Chair, said of his career, "None of it has been negative. The best part, personally to me, is the Bruins, because I enjoy it so much. But the real estate has worked out.” Jacobs when he was attempting to buy the team knew the Bruins were a "good deal." The team had "history, a vested fan base, and a building, albeit a tired one." Jacobs: "It was a heck of a good buy for me. ... The whole deal was put together so well" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/11).