Bruce McNall
American sports executive
Bruce McNall
Bruce Patrick McNall is a former Thoroughbred racehorse owner, and a sports executive who once owned the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). McNall claimed to have made his initial fortune as a coin collector, though Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Hoving claimed he smuggled art antiquities as the partner of Robert Hecht Jr.
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Financial advice from Wayne Gretzky
Financial Post - over 4 years
The National Hockey League’s all-time leading goal scorer sounds like he’s taken a few passes on risky investment opportunities. Wayne Gretzky doesn’t like to have any debt, keeps his money mostly in the bank and in low risk bonds and says he would never put more than 10% of his wealth into any investment opportunity. “I was not a big risk taker, an adventurer to invest in the things I didn’t really know anything about,” said Mr. Gretzky, who mentioned his restaurant in Toronto of 18 years and his five year-old wine business as two of his more prominent investments. The one thing I’ve learned in my lifetime is you don’t know everything. People who think they do, those are the people who get themselves in trouble The 51-year-old was speaking at a panel put on by TD Waterhouse Monday titled “Life after hockey, financial advice and the need to plan for retirement, even if you are Wayne Gretzky.” The Great One learned much of his frugal ways from his father Walter, who Mr. Gret ...
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Zorianna Kit: George Lopez Gold Classic Gift Lounge
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
On Monday May 7, comedian George Lopez hosted his annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Lakeside Country Club. Gavin B. Keilly's GBK Productions held court at the clubhouse with its George Lopez Gold Classic Gift Lounge where celebs could relax, have some refreshments and pick up some goodies. GBK's Gavin B. Keilly flanked by George Lopez and Anthony Anderson. Crocs handed out their Crocs Golf with Hank Haney shoes that are versatile enough to wear all day while Bogey time, a line of golf apparel that plans on launching this fall, was offering up hats and golf towels. George Lopez with his new Crocs Golf shoes. There were also ionic-magnetic bracelets from Colantotte, whose silver Magtitan Neo Legend line can be seen on Robert Downey Jr. in The Avengers. At this gift lounge, however, the company was handing out the silicon Flex bracelet which has the highest concentration of negative ions and magnets in the entire Colantotte line. Anthony ...
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Wayne Gretzky - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
Bruce McNall, then-owner of the Kings, wanted to make a splash by bringing in a top-tier player who could alter the hockey market. Gretzky, coming off back-to-back Stanley Cup finals wins with the Oilers, was the perfect candidate
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On 23rd anniversary of trade, Bruce McNall and the 'Gretzky Tax' - Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
scenarios surrounding the Gretzky deal in 1988 comes courtesy of the owner who acquired him: Bruce McNall, the gregarious former Kings owner and the only man to have been chairman of the NHL Board of Governors, owner of a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball
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Collector flips history with baseball cards - YourWestValley.com
Google News - over 5 years
The card skyrocketed in value as it was bought and sold by various collectors, including a $451000 purchase in 1991 by hockey star Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall, the one-time owner of the NHL's LA Kings. The card is on display at the Baseball Hall of
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The house that Jj-jack built - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
The Rocket and Argos QB Matt Dunigan had some star power, sure, but the Toronto ownership group that featured NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky, Canadian comedy legend John Candy, and Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall was the biggest power trio Canada had
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Angels in hunt despite awful stats - The Desert Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Don't you think that goofball Frank McCourt makes previous LA sports owners like Bruce McNall, Georgia Frontiere and Al Davis look like the O'Malleys? Johnny Damon passed Ted Williams for career hits last week. That's like Justin Timberlake passing
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Highs, lows of LA owners - Press-Enterprise
Google News - over 5 years
Then there was that gregarious, ball of fun Bruce McNall. The former Kings owner brought Wayne Gretzky to LA and made fans happy, before going into bankruptcy. His only crime was a crime, defrauding banks and going to jail. Ah, the good old days
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They lost big, and not just on field - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Cause: Los Angeles has experience with a bankrupt team owner in Bruce McNall. McNall's free spending helped bring Wayne Gretzky to town, but it also spelled McNall's fiscal demise. In December 1993, he defaulted on a $90-million loan and the team filed
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Stanley Stalford: The case for public ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers - Los Angeles Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
For every one Jerry Buss, we have had the likes of Frank McCourt, Donald Sterling, Al Davis and Bruce McNall. Not a track record to be proud of. So, what are the direct benefits of public ownership to the Dodgers in 2011? 1. The Dodgers would be owned
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Frank McCourt: The Artful Dodger and His Crumbling Legacy - City Watch
Google News - over 5 years
However, given the reaction of the True Blue fans, Angelenos, the sports writers and the media, Major League Baseball, and his lenders, the only thing that he will pass down to his family is a legacy that will make Donald Sterling, Bruce McNall,
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Alan Thicke, One of the More Famous Sitcom Characters of Yesteryear, Is a Huge ... - Sports Radio Interviews
Google News - over 5 years
I was with Bruce McNall, the indicted owner from the Felons Division of the NHL, and we got in the limo afterwards and the riots started. Guys were jumping on the hood of our car, it was a life-threatening experience. And these were the winners!
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Taking USC title stokes debates - Norman Transcript
Google News - over 5 years
Instead, Dykstra's fall reminds of Golden Richards, Roscoe Tanner, Bruce McNall and Denny McLain. n I'm also trying to figure out who had the best season at OU this past school year, and I'm having a hard time not going with Patty Gasso's softball team
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Father Raymond J. de Souza: Rocket Richard's greatest moment - National Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
All that was set in motion when Los Angeles fraudster Bruce McNall bought Wayne Gretzky has definitively failed. Gary Bettman, McNall's chosen sidekick, is still presiding as NHL commissioner, but is suffering a much deserved and ongoing humiliation in
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Winnipeg finally returning to NHL fold - Globe and Mail
Google News - over 5 years
That was Bruce McNall's plan, the Kings' owner who acquired Gretzky. McNall became the chairman of the NHL's board of governors and eventually went to jail. The commissioner he hired, Gary Bettman, was charged with executing the plan
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The Soap Opera Turns - Toronto Star Blogs (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Yes, the 14th richest man in the world, David Thomson, is about to become an NHL owner, which should make him somewhat more worthy than John Rigas, Bruce McNall, Boots del Biaggio, John Spano, Bruce Firestone and some of the other folks who have
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Former CFL commissioner - Montreal Gazette
Google News - almost 6 years
... who captured the 1991 Grey Cup in grand style," current CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a statement, referring to the high-profile ownership group of comedian John Candy, businessman Bruce McNall and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky
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Former CFL commissioner Donald Crump dies at age 78 - Montreal Gazette
Google News - almost 6 years
... Candy-Gretzky-McNall owned Toronto Argonauts, who captured the 1991 Grey Cup in grand style,” Cohon said in a release, referring to the high-profile ownership group of comedian John Candy, businessman Bruce McNall and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky
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Une carte recrue de Gretzky se vend 94 163 $US - Métro Montréal
Google News - almost 6 years
Le record de tous les temps pour la vente d'une carte sportive est de 2,8 millions $, déboursés pour une carte de Honus Wagner des Pirates de Pittsburgh fabriquée en 1909. Gretzky, tout comme l'ancien propriétaire des Kings de Los Angeles Bruce McNall,
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Gretzky rookie card goes for $94163 - Toronto Star
Google News - almost 6 years
... by Professional Sports Authenticator. The most ever paid for any trading card was $2.8 million for a rare edition of Pittsburgh Pirates star Honus Wagner made in 1909. Gretzky and Bruce McNall once owned that card, paying $451000 in 1991
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bruce McNall
    FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 56
    McNall also attended Robitaille's uniform retirement ceremony in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details http://static.espn.go.com/nhl/s/2001/0305/1131288.html He credited his celebrity friends who supported him. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn visited, "Michael Eisner, who suggested I write the book and bought it, always took my call", while "Dick Zanuck was always there, Tom Hanks would write to me, Bert Fields would send his books, and Barry Kemp wrote long letters. They kept me going."
  • 2006
    Age 55
    He was on probation until 2006.
    More Details Hide Details McNall remained on good terms with many of his former players, with Wayne Gretzky, Rob Blake, Luc Robitaille and others visiting him in prison. Gretzky even refused to allow the Kings to retire his number 99 until McNall could attend the ceremony.
  • 2003
    Age 52
    He took a role with Peter M. Hoffman at Seven Arts Pictures Inc in 2003 and is credited on Nick Cassavetes' 2012 Movie, "Yellow".
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    His autobiography, Fun While It Lasted: My Rise and Fall in the Land of Fame and Fortune, was published by Hyperion Books in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, McNall became co-chair of A-Mark Entertainment.
  • 2001
    Age 50
    McNall was released in 2001 after his sentence was reduced by 13 months for good behavior.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 43
    He sold controlling interest in the Kings in May 1994 and resigned as chairman of the board of governors, though he still remained as president and governor of the Kings for a time.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly afterward, he granted an interview to Vanity Fair in which he admitted smuggling many of his prized coins out of foreign countries. His claim of graduating from Oxford University was also debunked. On December 14, he pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiracy and fraud, and admitted to bilking six banks out of $236 million over a ten-year period. He was sentenced to 70 months in prison. Immediately after his conviction, it emerged that his free-spending ways had put the Kings in serious financial jeopardy. They were ultimately forced into bankruptcy in 1995. The financial problems from the McNall era plagued the Kings for several years afterward.
  • 1993
    Age 42
    In December 1993, McNall defaulted on a $90 million loan, and Bank of America threatened to force the Kings into bankruptcy unless he sold the team.
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  • 1991
    Age 40
    Although Ismail led the Argonauts to the 1991 Grey Cup championship, he returned to the U.S. after two seasons in Toronto.
    More Details Hide Details At one point, he also owned the finest copy of the most expensive baseball card, Honus Wagner's 1909 T206 card. McNall also owned Thoroughbred race horses and in 1990 won France's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, with the colt Saumarez. He also owned a 50% interest in Trempolino when the French colt won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1987. He was also a partner with Wayne Gretzky in the colt Golden Pheasant who won races in Europe as well as the Arlington Million in the U.S. and the Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 37
    He then shocked the sports world on August 9, 1988 when he acquired the NHL's biggest star, Wayne Gretzky, along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski, from the Edmonton Oilers for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first-round draft choices and US$15 million. McNall raised Gretzky's annual salary from less than $1 million to $3 million, which, in turn, triggered a dramatic rise in NHL salaries throughout the 1990s. In 1992, McNall was elected chairman of the NHL Board of Governors - the league's second-highest post.
    More Details Hide Details In 1991, McNall, Gretzky and actor/comedian John Candy purchased the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. Prior to the 1991 season, McNall enticed Raghib "Rocket" Ismail away from the National Football League by signing him to a four-year contract for a then-unheard-of $18.2 million.
    He was named team president that September, and purchased Buss' remaining shares in March 1988.
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  • 1986
    Age 35
    McNall bought a 25 percent stake in the Kings from Jerry Buss in 1986, and bought an additional 24 percent in 1987 to become the team's largest shareholder.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on April 17, 1950.
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