Tom Gaglardi accustomed to hard work

Before becoming Stars' new owner, businessman helped saved another organization

Updated: November 30, 2011, 12:54 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

More than 20 years before Tom Gaglardi was in front of a bankruptcy judge working toward buying the Dallas Stars, he was sitting in a courtroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, hoping the company his father Bob started in 1963 wasn't about to fold.

Northland Properties was around $150 million in debt and was begging for protection from the courts in the late 1980s. Tom was in the middle of his classes at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and still working in the business, something ...

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