Epic Games co-founder buys stake in NHL team

Mark Rein and wife Tara join new group of investors becoming co-owners of Carolina Hurricanes professional hockey team.

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Epic Games vice president and co-founder Mark Rein is now a co-owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. Rein, and his wife Tara, are among the professional hockey team's latest round of investors, the organization announced today.

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The Carolina Hurricanes play their home games at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, just a 10-minute drive from the Gears of War and Unreal Engine company's headquarters.

Mark and Tara join transportation service Pitt Ohio president and owner Chuck Hammel, along with two investors who wished to remain nameless, as members of Hurricanes Holdings. It was not mentioned what level of investment the Rein family committed to.

The Carolina Hurricanes were not always known by that name. The team was formed as the New England Whalers, before later becoming the Hartford Whalers, based out of Connecticut's capital city.

The team moved to North Carolina in 1997 and rebranded themselves the Carolina Hurricanes. The squad won the Stanley Cup during the 2005-2006 season.

Discussion

42 comments
Daian
Daian

Why is this on GS? This is not gaming related news.

Saketume
Saketume

Tell me when they buy a nice car or a house with a swimmingpool and a tenniscourt.

I'm more interested in cars and houses than hockey teams.

...or maybe write about actual gaming news

walbeb
walbeb

Good for him and his wife, Carolina isn't a bad team and has a good fan base. Pretty safe investment if you ask me. 

91210user
91210user

Yay, good news about NHL that isn't from some company like EA!

sortajan
sortajan

how the fuck did this make the news?

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Irrelevant. Did you run out of Cliffy speak? At least that was relevant, still annoying, but at least relevant. This isn't a trade mag. We don't need to know this.

LemonCreed
LemonCreed

Genius, expect an E.A spokesman to address us soon as to why the Hurricanes are not to feature in NHL 2014, lol

Ford_Cruller
Ford_Cruller

Now they just need to get Lester Speight to be the arena announcer. Let the awesomeness commence!

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

I love hockey more than video games...but is this really needed on this website? Lol. Whatever gets you those page views huh? That would be awesome to own a team though...let's go Pens!

Wingus-T-Dingus
Wingus-T-Dingus

Good for them. The Canes are a dynamite outfit. My fav team in the East.

finalcross
finalcross

Noticing how the Connecticut-bred Makuch added a bit of Connecticut-centric information to the post! ;-)

pokecharm
pokecharm

huh, interesting...wonder how much that runs you...owning a piece of the NHL...

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Daian Since the week is winding down, they need something to report on to keep them busy. lol 

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

@Daian Could be someone in Gamespot is a Carolina Hurricane fan.

ryanc22
ryanc22

@Carpetfluff Irrelevant but yet you clicked on it and took the time out to comment...

ObeseChipmunk
ObeseChipmunk

The Vice President and cofounder of a game company now owns a hockey team. To my knowledge, this doesn't happen very often. What's the harm in informing us about it?

sortajan
sortajan

@LemonCreed next nhl should have a mutation where aliens occasionally abduct your players

LemonCreed
LemonCreed

@Oldboy08 Because it's Epic games news. That's why it's on this here gaming website.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@ryanc22 @Carpetfluff Yup, 'cos I find Eddie's obsession with Epic related news weirdly compelling. I commented so as not to waste the journey. I never claimed to have an 'oh so busy life' and have no need to toot my own horn. I am however, allowed an opinion, just like you lot and you're allowed to think it's bullcrap if you like - and take time out of your lives to tell me about that feeling too. 

ryanc22
ryanc22

@ObeseChipmunk I agree, but a good chunk of gamespot readers are idiots who like to take time out of their "oh so busy life" to criticize an article on gamespot and toot their own horn.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@LemonCreed @Oldboy08 It's not news about Epic Games at all. It is news about someones personal investments, who just so happens to have a day job at Epic Games.

ryanc22
ryanc22

@Carpetfluff @ryanc22 I was referring to the readers in general with my "oh so busy life" comment and tooting their own horn, was not singly pointing you out.

Saketume
Saketume

@ryanc22

I'm not busy. This is definitely a bullshit article though.