“Tom Dundon sees the potential in the Hurricanes and in Raleigh,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday at PNC Arena, where Dundon was introduced. “Tom represents a bright and secure future for the team, here — let there be no doubt about this — here in North Carolina.”
Dundon said Thursday he was 100 percent confident in general manager Ron Francis and coach Bill Peters. The Hurricanes have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs once (2008-09) since winning the Cup in 2005-06.
He said Friday he plans to work to improve the experience for fans on and off the ice.
“I’m probably not going to do a ton of speeches and talking … we’re just going to go do stuff,” he said. “Being ways to be able to keep finding ways to improve this place… that’s the job, that’s the journey.”
Dundon, 46, is chairman and managing partner of Dundon Capital Partners, a Dallas-based private investment firm.
“I knew from the first time I first talked to Tom that he was the real deal and would be a good owner,” said Karmanos, who had owned the team since 1994, when he purchased the Hartford Whalers. He moved them to North Carolina in 1997, when they were renamed. They played in Greensboro for two seasons before moving to Raleigh.
Karmanos was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the category of builder in 2015.