Hauska juttu Hedmanin ja Palatin yhteisestä "urasta" englantilaisen jalkapallojoukkueen Plymouth Argylen osaomistajina.
Palat had stumbled upon an exciting business opportunity through a friend’s brother, Florida real estate developer Michal Mincberg. He was putting together an investor group to bid for 20 percent of Plymouth Argyle, a soccer team in the English pro third-tier League One, with potential for Hedman and Palat to join up.
Palat was excited but knew the opportunity would mean the world to Hedman in particular.
“I told Heddy, and Heddy was very excited,” Palat told Daily Faceoff. “
I wasn’t sure if I should do it, but when I told Heddy there’s a chance, he’s like ‘Yeah, let’s do it,’ because it’s a huge opportunity to buy 20 percent of the club in England. Premier League is huge, but I didn’t know the third league in England was unbelievably popular. Heddy explained it to me, and then I understood what a big deal it was and what a good team it is, and we decided to be part of the investment group.”
The idea was irresistible. At the very least, it was a great way for two good friends to remain close after Palat left Tampa as a free agent to sign a five-year, $30 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. “Well always have this together,” Hedman remembers them telling each other.
The former Tampa teammates never expected the runaway success of Plymouth Argyle in their first season after becoming 20 percent...