As the Salt Lake Golden Eagles ended their 22nd straight year of hockey operations, the Larry H. Miller ownership era begins.
Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz basketball team and an automobile dealership conglomerate that encompasses operations in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico, bought the club last fall from majority owner Art Teece and minority owners Richard Hagman and Wilf Niederhauser. The passing of the ownership baton assures the stability of hockey in this area for the foreseeable future.The Golden Eagles first came into existence in 1969 when The Salt Palace was built and the late Dan Meyer got things going with an expansion team in the Western Hockey League. Years later, Charlie Finley owned the club briefly, then Teece came onto the scene with the late Thayne Acord, with Acord's sons-Dean and Bill-following him in sharing the running of the club with Teece.
Now the Miller regime begins, and the future for hockey here is bright.
"This organizagion has been on a financial roller coaster for years," says Golden Eagles General Manager Mike Runge, entering his 3rd season in the team's front office. "At times, there was the very real possibility that things might not work out. Now with Larry involved, those doubts have been erased and we're here to stay. Now we can market the game without the conSee MILLER on E3
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stant financial doubt hanging over our heads."
One of the first moves Miller made when he bought the club last November was to move the Golden Eagles 6 person front office staff into offices in the Triad Center, 2 blocks northwest of the Salt Palace, where the basketball Jazz also set up shop. While the teams operate separately, there's a pooling of accounting and marketing resources, and a sharing of ideas.
Next year, the Golden Eagles will move both their games and their offices to the new 20,000 seat arena Miller is building just south of the Triad Center.