Saginaw Spirit owner Dick Garber announced at a press conference inside the atrium of the Dow Event Center this afternoon that former Detroit Red Wing goal tender Chris Osgood and Saginaw businessman Brandon Bordeaux will be joining the teams ownership group.
Garber will remain the primary owner/Governor with Goslin as President/Managing partner. Devellano will hold the title of Alternate Governor and partner while Osgood and Bordeaux come in as partners rounding out the ownership group.
Garber was excited to name Osgood and Bordeaux as partners.
“Today we welcome three-time Stanley Cup Champion Chris Osgood and accomplished area businessman Brandon Bordeaux to the Saginaw Spirit ownership group,” Garber said. “Ozzy (Osgood) has been a great friend of Craig's, and a great friend of our franchise and we were very excited when he demonstrated an interest to become a partner with the hockey club.”
Osgood, a native of Peace River, Alberta was drafted by the Red Wings in the third round (54 overall) of the 1991 NHL draft and played the majority of his 17 year NHL career in Detroit, winning three Stanley Cups (1997, 1998. and 2008).
He would go on to play the 2001-02 season and most of 2002-03 with the New York Islanders before being traded to St. Louis where he finished the 2003 season. He spent one more year in St. Louis before returning to Detroit where he finished his goal tending career with the tenth most wins (401) in NHL history.
Osgood became familiar with Saginaw's championship history and its passionate fan base on his many visits here as a scout for the Red Wings, and he knows the best way to bring the passion back is simply by winning.
“This is a dream of mine to be involved in the Canadian Hockey League and Junior Hockey,” Osgood said. “When I was scouting for the Red Wings I spent quite a bit of time here in Saginaw and what I noticed is the fans are very passionate about hockey and we have to start winning some more games than we have in the past. We need to get this community excited about hockey again and we truly believe with who we have brought on board, we can bring this team to the next level.”
Bordeaux, who played hockey for his father, Robert at Nouvel Catholic Central H.S
. is the chairman and CEO of Caravan Facilities Management
of Saginaw. He lives in Saginaw with his wife Melissa and their son Cooper. Bordeaux also coaches his son's Saginaw Jr. Spirit 07 AAA travel hockey team.
“Brandon Bordeaux is one of the truly bright, young entrepreneurs in the Great Lakes Bay Region,” Garber said. “He is really going to help the business side of the hockey club with his local area connections. He is very involved with the youth hockey program in Saginaw and he will be a tremendous addition to the group.”
Bordeaux, who also owns B&B hockey shop
inside the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena, vowed his continued support for hockey in the Saginaw area.
“I would like to thank Dick Garber and Craig Goslin for this opportunity,” Bordeaux said. “My goal is to help the community and the grassroots of hockey at the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena and to give support to the organization anyway I can. It's an honor to be here with a good friend of mine, Chris Osgood. For him to invest in Saginaw, it's big and that tells you the kind of job (Dick Garber and Craig Goslin) have done over the years. We want to sell tickets, we want to win, and we want to see the Dow Event Center full.”
The Spirit continue training camp this week as they prepare for their first pre season game Saturday vs. the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at 7:05 pm at the Dow Event Center.