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Saginaw Spirit adding to ownership group

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SAGINAW, Mich. Saginaw Spirit owner Dick Garber announced today the addition of former NHL goaltender Chris Osgood and Saginaw businessman Brandon Bordeaux to the Saginaw Spirit ownership group.

“Today, we welcome three-time Stanley Cup Champion Chris Osgood and accomplished area businessman Brandon Bordeaux to the Saginaw Spirit ownership group.” Garber said in an earlier press conference. “Ozzy (Osgood) has been a great friend of Craig’s (Managing Partner Craig Goslin) and a great friend of our franchise and we were very excited when he demonstrated an interest to become a partner with the hockey club.”

“Brandon Bordeaux is one of the truly bright, young entrepreneurs in the Great Lakes Bay Region,” Garber said of the new Spirit minority partner. “He is really going to help the business side of the hockey club with his local area connections. He is very involved with the youth hockey program in Saginaw and he will be a tremendous addition to the group.”

Osgood, 43, is the owner of three Stanley Cup Championships with the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998, and 2008). He is a two-time William Jennings Trophy winner (1996, 2008) for lowest goals against in the entire NHL. The Peace River, Alberta native also appeared in two NHL All-Star Games over his 17-year NHL career. Osgood’s 401 NHL regular season victories rank him 10th all-time. His .539 winning percentage as a goaltender ranks fourth in NHL history. He currently ranks fourth all-time in playoff shutouts and eighth all-time in playoff wins.

Before Osgood’s hall of fame worthy NHL career began, he played his junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings, and the Seattle Thunderbirds. He was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, 54th overall. Today, Osgood works on the Detroit Red Wings television broadcasts for Fox Sports Detroit as a color commentator and studio analyst. 

“This is a dream of mine to be involved in the Canadian Hockey League and junior hockey.” said Osgood. “When I was scouting for the Red Wings I spent quite a bit of time here in Saginaw and what I noticed is the fans are very passionate about hockey and we have to start winning some more games than we have in the past. We need to get this community excited about hockey again and we truly believe with who we have brought on board, we can bring this team to the next level.”

The Spirit also announced the addition of local businessman Brandon Bordeaux to the Spirit ownership group.

Bordeaux, 39, is the Chairman and CEO of Caravan Facilities Management out of Saginaw, Michigan currently providing their services in 103 locations for companies in 20 different states. Along with his commitment to growing his business, comes a commitment to the Great Lakes Bay Region. Bordeaux’s philanthropic efforts stem across many charitable foundations including United Way of Saginaw County, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Covenant Kids, and more. Bordeaux has also received many awards for his business endeavors including 2010 Environmental Leadership Award, 2014 Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award, 2015 High Impact Hispanic Business Enterprise of the Year, and in 2016 Bordeaux with be awarded with the Vision of Free Enterprise Award from the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce.

“I would like to thank Dick Garber and Craig Goslin for this opportunity.” said Bordeaux. “My goal is to help the community and the grassroots of hockey at the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena and to give support to the organization anyway I can. It’s an honor to be here with a good friend of mine, Chris Osgood. For him to invest in Saginaw, its big and that tells you the kind of job (Dick Garber and Craig Goslin) have done over the years. We want to sell tickets. We want to win, and we want to see The Dow Event Center full.”

Bordeaux currently resides in Saginaw with his wife, Melissa, and son, Cooper, whom he coaches on the Saginaw Jr. Spirit 07’s.

Today’s ownership announcement comes five days after the Spirit announced Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano would also become a Minority Partner of the team.    

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