ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The sale of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
to Henry and Susan Samueli was approved by the NHL's Board of
Governors on Thursday.
The board granted unanimous approval pending completion of the
sale, which is expected shortly.
Mighty Ducks spokesman Alex Gilchrist said the new owners
wouldn't comment until the sale becomes final. The sale for a
reported $75 million was announced Feb. 25 and includes Disney Ice,
a Mighty Ducks practice facility.
Samueli is co-founder, chairman of the board and chief technical
officer of Broadcom Corp. He also owns the company that manages
Anaheim Arena, the Mighty Ducks' home ice.
When the sale was announced, Samueli said he didn't intend to
move the team and wouldn't change its name to Los Angeles Mighty
Ducks of Anaheim.
Arte Moreno, who bought the Angels from Disney in 2003, changed
the team's name from Anaheim Angels to Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim this year.
Although the Ducks were Western Conference champions and went to
the Stanley Cup finals during the 2002-03 season, Disney had them
on the market for years.
The Ducks didn't qualify for the playoffs the following season,
and last season was canceled due to a labor dispute.
Disney paid $50 million for the Ducks to join the NHL as an
expansion franchise in 1992.