Thomas Scallen

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Thomas Scallen (born c. 1927)[1] was the first owner of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. He owned the team from 1970 to 1974, when Frank Griffiths, an owner of several Vancouver area radio and television stations, the next largest shareholder in the Canucks, took over after Scallen was arrested.[2]

A Minnesota businessman associated with many companies, and married to Bille Jo Scallen. Scallen was also the chairman of Medicor, a medical insurance company based in that state.[3] He was president of International Broadcasting Corporation, which owned the Ice Capades and Harlem Globetrotters. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1991.[4] Later, he was chairman and principal owner of Century Park Pictures, an entertainment company that for a time owned the Minnesota Fighting Pike arena football team.[5] From 1999-2009, he was the owner of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Chanhassen, Minnesota, one of the nation's largest dinner theaters.[6] Scallen was the lead investor in a group that sought a United States Football League team in Minneapolis for the 1984 USFL season. [2]


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  2. ^ Frank P. Jozsa, Jr (2003). American sports empire : how the leagues breed success. Westport, Conn.: Praeger. p. 72. ISBN 1-56720-559-3. 
  3. ^ "530 F.2d 204:". 
  4. ^ "Globetrotters' Parent Files". The New York Times (New York Times). 1991-09-05. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  5. ^ Reilly, Mark (1999-03-26). "Scallen plots next act for Chanhassentheater". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  6. ^ Royce, Graydon (2009-11-19). "Chanhassen theater sale is terminated". (Star Tribune). Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Expansion team
Owner of Vancouver Canucks
Succeeded by
Frank Griffiths