Paul Skjodt

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Paul Skjodt
Born (1958-06-28) June 28, 1958 (age 61)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Known forformer ice hockey player
Spouse(s)Cindy Simon
RelativesMelvin Simon (father-in-law)
David Simon (brother-in-law)

Paul Skjodt (born June 28, 1958) is an American businessman, and former ice hockey player.

Early life[edit]

Paul Skjodt was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on June 28, 1958.[1]

Ice hockey career[edit]

From 1975, he played ice hockey for the Kitchener Rangers, Windsor Spitfires, Royal York Royals, Toronto Nationals, Erie Blades and the Crowtree Chiefs.[1]

In 1986, Skjodt moved to Indianapolis in 1986 to pursue a career with the Indianapolis Checkers of the International Hockey League.[2]

Skjodt founded and owned the now defunct Indiana Ice hockey team of the USHL, that won the Clark Cup Championship in 2009 and 2014.[2]

Property developer[edit]

In 2014, Skjodt was planning on building a $25 million 250,000-square-foot sports complex in northwest Indianapolis.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1987, he married Cindy Simon, the daughter of Melvin Simon and Bess Simon.[2] They have three children, Erik, Samantha and Ian.[2]

They are leading political donors, giving $6.6 million to the Democratic Party in the 2018 elections.[4]

In 2015, their Samerian Foundation (founded in 2003) created a $20 million endowment, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. renamed its Center for the Prevention of Genocide as The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Paul Skjodt hockey statistics and profile at". Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Our Board - Samerian Foundation". Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Skjodt plotting $25 million sports complex". Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ Jones, Natalie (2 November 2018). "Midterm big spenders: the top 20 political donors this election". Retrieved 6 November 2018 – via
  5. ^ "Indianapolis philanthropists make $20 million gift for genocide center - Indiana Economic Digest". Retrieved 6 November 2018.