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Lightning Round: Victor Hedman buys a soccer team, well at least part of one

Guess it’s time to root for the Plymouth Argyles

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is diversifying. Not only is he a two-time Stanley Cup winner, he is now part owner of a soccer club. The Plymouth Argyle Football Club play in the EFL League One, a third-tier league in England. The Pilgrims have been in existence since 1886 and play their home games at Home Park, aka the Theatre of Greens (excellent stadium name).

Hedman and an old friend, Ondrej Palat, are part of Argyle Green LLC, a corporation founded four months ago that invested $4 million pounds into the soccer club for a 20% share.

“I have been a football fan my entire life and I am very excited to join Argyle as an investor and as a supporter. What Simon [Hallett, chairman and majority owner] and the team are building at Argyle is remarkable and reminds me of what we have built in Tampa with the Lightning,” said Hedman.

It sounds like the infusion of cash will not be spent on players, but on infrastructure improvements to help ensure the long term success of the club. Hedman’s status as minority owner won’t take too much time away from the Big Swede’s day job. Michael Mincberg, president of Sight Development, a real estate development company, will be Argyle Green’s appointed board member for the club.

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