|Terrence M. Pegula|
Pegula addressing media at Buffalo Sabres press conference.
March 27, 1951 |
|Other names||Terry Pegula|
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University|
Professional Sports Team Owner
Real Estate Developer
|Known for||Owner, Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Owner, Rochester Americans (AHL)
Owner, Buffalo Bandits (NLL)
Natural gas tycoon
Terrence M. "Terry" Pegula (born March 27, 1951) is an American multi-billionaire. Pegula holds business interests in natural gas development, real estate and professional sports, including full ownership of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.
Pegula founded East Resources, a natural gas drilling company that profited heavily upon the discovery of deep layers of natural gas in the Marcellus Formation and the development of the hydraulic fracturing process to recover said gas. Pegula eventually sold the Pennsylvania, New York, and Rocky Mountain assets of the company to Royal Dutch Shell for approximately $4.7 billion. Pegula sold the Ohio and West Virginia assets of the company to American Energy for $1.75 billion in 2014.
On February 18, 2011, Pegula purchased Hockey Western New York LLC (the holding company that owns the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League) from previous owners Tom Golisano, Larry Quinn, and Dan DiPofi for $189 million. Pegula's purchase made an immediate positive impact, with players, fans and alumni invigorated by his investment in the team and the First Niagara Center. Pegula was quoted as saying, "Starting today, the Buffalo Sabres reason for existence, will be to win a Stanley Cup."
In May 2011, Pegula began negotiations on behalf of the Sabres to repurchase the Rochester Americans, which had served as the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate from 1979 to 2008 (and had been owned by the Sabres from 1979 to 1996); the deal was completed in late June 2011.
On July 28, 2014 Pegula was one of at least three contenders who submitted a non-binding bid to purchase the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, a team that was placed up for sale after the death of previous owner Ralph Wilson. A report in the New York Post indicated that Pegula's bid offered over $1 billion, a claim later refuted by Forbes. Other known bidders include real estate mogul Donald Trump (who openly admitted he did not expect to win), Thomas Golisano, and musician Jon Bon Jovi with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment of Toronto, Ontario. Pegula is the favorite among most local Bills fans and local politicians due to his commitment to the Western New York area to buy the team.
Since his cashout, he has been known for his contributions to higher education athletics; having donated $102 million for the construction of the Pegula Ice Arena on the campus of Penn State University and $12 million for the construction of the Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex at Houghton College located in Western New York.
In 2012 he won a bid for the development rights to the Webster Block on Buffalo's waterfront. The $170 million hockey-themed HARBORcenter building, will be anchored by the two rinks, a large parking garage, retail, restaurants, and a hotel. The building is expected to be fully open in 2015.
Pegula's combined company containing his sports and entertainment assets is called Pegula Sports and Entertainment. The company's offices are based in One Seneca Center in Buffalo, New York.
Penn State hockey
An alumnus of Penn State University, Pegula donated $102 million for the construction of an on-campus arena in 2010. As a result, Penn State, which had fielded a club team for years, would be able to transition into Division I starting in the 2012-13 season.
This led to a domino-effect across the college hockey landscape. Because six Big Ten universities now had Division I hockey programs (the minimum number of teams required for a conference to be an automatic postseason qualifier), it was announced that Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State would join Penn State in the Big Ten hockey conference starting in the 2013-2014 season. As a result, the CCHA ceased operations, with most schools (save for the three that joined the Big Ten and Notre Dame) joining the WCHA. Miami University and Western Michigan University, also previously in the CCHA, joined the upstart National Collegiate Hockey Conference along with former WCHA members St. Cloud State, Minnesota-Duluth, Denver, Colorado College, Nebraska-Omaha, and North Dakota. Ex-CCHA member Notre Dame joined Hockey East, which then recruited UConn from the Atlantic Hockey Association, who will begin play in Hockey East in 2014. After the dust settled, the ECAC was the only Division I conference not affected by the major conference realignment.
Pegula lives in Boca Raton, Florida along with his wife, Kim Pegula (née Kerr), a graduate of Houghton College. They have five children: Michael, Laura, Jessica (Jessie), Kelly and Matthew. Jessica Pegula is a tennis player on the Women's Tennis Association's Pro Circuit.
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- Pegula Sports and Entertainment official Twitter account.
- Terrence M. Pegula - Profile at sabres.com