Buffalo Sabres

“Six months before I agreed to buy them, I swore I’d never own a sports team. But no one stepped up to the plate for this community. That was my motivation.” 

Tom Golisano purchased the Buffalo Sabres NHL Hockey Team in April 2003, saving it from financial ruin, not having made the playoffs in two years and declining fan support. He also saved it from leaving Western New York.

Video: In his own words, interview with Golisano and Vic Carrucci (Buffalo News)

During the four seasons Golisano owned the Sabres, fans flocked back to HSBC Arena in record numbers as the Sabres became one of the most exciting teams in the NHL. Buffalo came within one win of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, and followed that up with a Presidents’ Trophy in 2006-07, and a return trip to the Conference Finals.

Ticket sales climbed, the Sabres became financially stable. Golisano eventually sold the Sabres in 2011 to Terry Pegula. For more see Sabres.