The Greenville hockey team has new majority owners.
The ECHL Board of Governors voted unanimously May 14 to accept the purchase of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits by Spire Hockey South, a subsidiary of Spire Hockey owned by Jeff Dickerson, T.J. Puchyr, Tom Long and Chip Ganassi. Spire Hockey South will own a majority stake in the Greenville franchise while former majority owners Doug Heinzer, Mike Panaggio and Bjarne Borg will maintain a minority interest in the team, according to a news release.
Headquartered just outside Charlotte in Cornelius, N.C., Spire Hockey is a subsidiary of Spire Holdings, a diversified sports and entertainment organization with services that include consulting, representation and property management.
“This is an exciting day for us and there are several people that deserve our gratitude as this process reached its conclusion yesterday,” Dickerson said in the news release May 15. “We believe in this league and we believe in hockey in South Carolina. As Carolinians ourselves, we have immense pride in this region, in this community, and Greenville deserves a team that is the envy of the league. We’re asking the community to join us in letting the rest of the country know that Greenville is an amazing place to live, play and win. We’re looking forward to making the community proud.”
Todd Mackin takes over the lead of operations for the Swamp Rabbits. As president of Spire Hockey, Mackin led a turnaround of the Rapid City Rush, according to the news release.
The Swamp Rabbits are slated to kick off the 2020–21 season at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Oct. 16 versus the Toledo Walleye.p