American NHL team owners a political bunch
Kings captain Dustin Brown holds the Stanley Cup with team owner Philip F. Anschutz (right) in Los Angeles on June 11, 2012. (Mike Blake/Reuters/Files)
American NHL team owners are a political bunch.
And more likely to donate to the Republican Party than the Democrats.
A New York Times report says a large majority of American NHL team owners have donated to U.S. candidates and political parties over the last two years.
Using the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, the Times tracked down all contributions made in 2011 and 2012 and found that NHL owners donated $1,006,914 to the Republicans and $418,185 to the Democrats.
Topping the list are the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, whose co-owners Philip Anschutz and Ed Roski donated $223,200 to the Republican Party and various candidates. The leading Democratic contributor is Ted Leonsis of the Washington Capitals, who kicked in $55,800.
Of the 23 U.S.-based teams, only the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes didn't make any campaign contributions.
The NHL is currently negotiating with its players over how to divide up hockey-related revenues and other issues that could delay the start of the season if a new collective bargaining agreement is not signed by Sept. 15.
The following dollar figures show net spending on either Republican or Democratic campaigns:
Los Angeles Kings (Anschutz, Roski) $223,200
Nashville Predators (ownership group) $105,300
San Jose Sharks (ownership group) $86,550
Carolina Hurricanes (Karmanos) $66,100
St. Louis Blues (ownership group) $65,907
Columbus Blue Jackets (McConnell) $58,100
Detroit Red Wings (Ilitch) $55,600
New York Rangers (Dolan) $48,800
Tampa Bay Lightning (Vinik) $33,800
Philadelphia Flyers (Snider) $22,500
Minnesota Wild (Leipold) $18,000
Chicago Blackhawks (Wirtz) $10,007
Buffalo Sabres (Pegula) $2,500
Washington Capitals (Leonsis) $55,800
Boston Bruins (Jacobs) $52,785
Pittsburgh Penguins (Burkle) $48,300
Florida Panthers (Viner) $39,050
Anaheim Ducks (Samueli) $12,500
Colorado Avalanche (Kroenke) $5,000