Absolute Hockey to buy Tampa NHL team

Associated
Press

TAMPA
,
Fla.
-A group led by former Florida
Panthers coach Doug MacLean has agreed to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning from
Palace Sports and Entertainment.

The NHL
team said Tuesday that Absolute Hockey Enterprises signed a purchase agreement
that also includes the leasing rights to the
St.
Pete Times Forum and adjacent properties. The sale is subject to approval by
the NHL’s board of governors.

Absolute
Hockey also includes Jeff Sherrin and Oren Koules. Team spokesman Jay Preble
said Sherrin is a

Coral Springs
real estate developer and Koules is a TV and movie producer. Preble declined
further comment until a news conference later Tuesday.

MacLean
coached

Florida
to the Stanley Cup finals in 1996. He was fired in April as the Columbus Blue
Jackets’ president and general manager.

The Lightning
won the Stanley Cup in 2004.

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