Cirque De Soleil's Garber Brings Insight To NHL Seattle Ownership
Cirque du Soleil Chair and NHL Seattle minority investor MITCH GARBER said that owning a piece of an NHL team is "something no pure-blooded Montrealer could possibly turn down," according to a profile by Geoff Baker of the SEATTLE TIMES. Garber said, “It’s not a cliché that I grew up in Canada and in Montreal, so I have hockey in my blood." Cirque du Soleil is one of "multiple companies owned" by NHL Seattle Majority Owner DAVID BONDERMAN, and Garber was "quick to mention several times that he isn’t looking to overshadow the other Seattle owners." He insisted that he is "just one of many and that the Seattle NHL show belongs to Bonderman and film producer JERRY BRUCKHEIMER, as well as a team of locally based owners he’ll meet with in Seattle next week." But Garber is "somewhat different from your typical North American owner in that for him, it’s always been about sports first and the business world second." He said, "Seattle is a great sports town that’s missing two major sports league teams -- hockey and basketball." Garber: “It all starts with solid ownership. And with David Bonderman, you’ll have the most solid owner you’re going to have in all of professional sports" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 6/8).