Karmanos, Peter PDF

Born: 1940's

Software magnate, Owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes

Along with partner Thomas Thewes, Karmanos founded the first American-based Ontario Hockey League team in 1989, known then as the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors. Entering its eleventh season and now called the Plymouth Whalers, Karmanos? OHL franchise has captured a league championship, a Memorial Cup berth and five Division titles.

To date, 18 players have been selected in the top three rounds of the NHL entry draft, including five first-round picks. Among them include Pat Peake (Washington Capitals), Todd Harvey (Dallas Stars - NHL Rookie of the Year), Bryan Berard (New York Islanders), David Legwand (Nashville Predators), Justin Williams (Carolina Hurricanes) and more recently Stephen Weiss (Florida Panthers).

The same competitive spirit which led to Karmanos' success as an entrepreneur also fuels his sponsorship of youth hockey programs in Michigan. Under his guidance, Karmanos' youth hockey teams have accumulated numerous state, national and international tournaments. While junior and midget teams are the focal points of Karmanos? commitment to hockey, countless youth hockey programs benefit each season through the efforts and contributions of the Plymouth Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Compuware.

Mr. Karmanos, a graduate of Wayne State University, founded Compuware with two partners and tax return money in 1973. He resides in Michigan. Karmanos has three sons, Peter III, Nick and Jason.

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