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Sharks say George Gund III has died

  • FILE - In this Feb. 12, 1991 file photo, San Jose Sharks co-owner and chairman George Gund III laughs after unveiling the teams colors and logo at a press conference in Cupertino, California. Gund III, the original owner of the Sharks, has died. He was 75. The Sharks say Gund died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 after a battle with cancer. (AP Photo/John G. Mabanglo, File)

SAN JOSE— George Gund III, the original owner of the San Jose Sharks, has died. He was 75.

The Sharks say Gund died Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

General manager Doug Wilson praised Gund as a great ambassador for hockey.

Gund and his brother Gordon relinquished their ownership stake in the Minnesota North Stars in 1990 in exchange for the rights to an expansion team in the Bay Area. The Sharks played their first game in October 1991.

Gund sold the franchise to Sharks Sports & Entertainment in 2002 but continued to attend games.


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