Can you flip boxes of chocolate for an NHL franchise?
News today that Lindt & Sprüngli had reached an agreement to acquire Russell Stover Candies Lindt for $1.5B is certainly interesting. Why?
Well, for one, the Ward family have been absolutely wonderful benefactors of youth hockey in Kansas City.
Many youth hockey players in Kansas City have benefited from Russell Stover sponsoring the Russell Stover Stars teams over the years. Players have gone on to play Division I, Division III and elite-level ACHA hockey. Pat Ferschweiler, Western Michigan’s Assistant Coach, and Jason Herter, Head Coach of the USHL’s Fargo Force, got their coaching starts with Russell Stover. Former Blade JF Quintin has coached Russell Stover Stars teams over the years. Not to mention the families in Kansas City whose lives have been enriched by being billets for youth players who have come to Kansas City to play with the Stars.
This post is absolute pure speculation. I’m just saying the Wards have done great things in Kansas City and great things for hockey and youth sports in Kansas City. If they were to ever own a professional sports team, we should be so lucky.