FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Peter Karmanos, Jr., Owner/Governor of the 1999 Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes and Chairman/CEO of the Compuware Corporation, is recovering comfortably after undergoing successful double coronary bypass surgery early Sunday morning, Compuware President and Chief Operating Officer Joseph A. Nathan announced this afternoon.
“The operation was a normal bypass procedure without any complications and Peter is expected to make a full recovery,” said Nathan.
Karmanos, 56, felt ill Saturday night while vacationing in Nevada with his mother and friends. His family visited him after the operation, which took place at a Las Vegas-area hospital.
Along with his partners Thomas Thewes and Jim Rutherford, Karmanos acquired the NHL franchise on June 28, 1994. Karmanos, who was chosen in 1997 as one of four recipients of the Lester Patrick Award that is given annually to individuals who are recognized “for outstanding service to hockey in the United States,” moved the franchise to North Carolina following the 1996-97 season.
After signing a 30-year lease with the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina in May of 1997, Karmanos was an integral investor of construction of the $158 million Entertainment and Sports Arena which opened on October 29, 1999.