There really hasn’t been a change in Boston Bruins ownership in 44 years since Jeremy Jacobs purchased the Original Six team.
But that’s about to change, though it’s not a seismic ownership change to be sure. The 79-year-old Jacobs is passing on the ownership of his NHL franchise to his six children, according to a report from the Boston Globe. The transaction already took place earlier this season and the B’s franchise is running as business as usual in the aftermath.
Jacobs has three sons (Jerry Jr, Lou and Charlie) and three daughters (Lisann, Lynn and Katie) that are expected to keep the Jacobs family name as the ownership of the Bruins for the long haul. Charlie Jacobs has essentially been the day-to-day ownership presence for Delaware North for some time now in Boston, and that is likely to continue with younger Jacobs now as the representative on the NHL’s Board of Governors.
“I have given it to my kids,” said Jacobs to the Boston Globe. “They are paying me some of the proceeds that come out of this. It happened this year. This was done on the basis that the longevity is going to continue in the hands of the Jacobs children, and the next generation will have it. Hopefully it will continue to be a successful franchise.”
In the last decade plus, Jacobs has taken a fairly hands-off approach to the Bruins franchise, with Bruins president Cam Neely given ample room to operate both the business and hockey sides of the Black and Gold. That’s expected to continue even with the franchise handed off to Jacobs’ progeny and the Bruins in excellent shape hockey-wise coming off a Stanley Cup Final appearance and three straight playoff seasons.
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