By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
44-year owner of the Boston Bruins, Jeremy Jacobs, has decided to give control of the team to his six children, according to the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont.
"They are paying me some of the proceeds that come out of this," Jacobs, who turns 80 years old in January, told Dupont. "It happened this year. This was done on the basis that the longevity is going to continue in the hands of the Jacobs children, and the next generation will have it."
The succession plan is major news in headline alone, really, as this franchise has essentially been run by Charlie Jacobs since the elder Jacobs relinquished the CEO title to him in Jan. 2015. That promotion for Charlie has seen him have a hand in all decisions involving the Bruins, from free agency to trades to the switch from Claude Julien to Bruce Cassidy.
Charlie has also been a major part of the Hub on Causeway and redesigning of TD Garden, which will look like a completely different building when the doors open on the 2019-20 season.
"Business is good," Charlie said in June. "We’re running in the entertainment business, and I feel we had a solid year and a very solid run. I remember coming to this building and seeing it half empty, and it’s changed quite a bit since my tenure, frankly. We’re always trying to improve the product on the ice and the fan experience in the building, and this year and this summer is no different... Our goal is, by the fall, when the pucks drops again to have one of, if not the best, fan experiences in the entire National Hockey League."
The Bruins won one Stanley Cup (2011) with Jeremy Jacobs as owner, while Jacobs won the 2015 Lester Patrick Award (awarded for contribution to hockey in the United States), and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.