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DALLAS (AP) - Tom Gaglardi grew up playing hockey and fanatically cheering for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. He still does both.

The Vancouver businessman now owns the Dallas Stars, the NHL team in the same market with his favorite football team.

Gaglardi (gah-lar-dee) was formally introduced Monday as the Stars' new owner, a process finally completed two years after he first spoke with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the possibility of buying the team. Bettman believes Gaglardi's acquisition of the team will be a defining moment for the franchise.

Gaglardi's mother grew up in Longview, Texas, where he used to visit his grandparents two or three times a year while growing up. He still has relatives in Texas, including Burleson less than an hour from the Stars' arena.

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