The Dallas Stars' business rebirth is an overnight success story seven years in the making.
When Tom Gaglardi bought the team out of bankruptcy in 2011, much of the infrastructure had been stripped down by banks who were trying to guard their investment, so the focus was on reducing more than expanding.
But after hosting the NHL Draft last summer, selling out the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in record time, and now grabbing a whole new layer of sports fans in Dallas/Fort Worth with their 2019 playoff run, the Stars are looking like a hot sports commodity.
"I'd put our organization up against anybody in the league," Gaglardi said. "We have very talented people throughout our organization, and I really do think that makes a difference."