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American NHL team owners a political bunch

Kings captain Dustin Brown holds the Stanley Cup with team owner Philip F. Anschutz (right) in Los...

Kings captain Dustin Brown holds the Stanley Cup with team owner Philip F. Anschutz (right) in Los Angeles on June 11, 2012. (Mike Blake/Reuters/Files)

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, Last Updated: 4:12 PM ET

American NHL team owners are a political bunch.

And more likely to donate to the Republican Party than the Democrats.

A New York Times report says a large majority of American NHL team owners have donated to U.S. candidates and political parties over the last two years.

Using the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, the Times tracked down all contributions made in 2011 and 2012 and found that NHL owners donated $1,006,914 to the Republicans and $418,185 to the Democrats.

Topping the list are the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, whose co-owners Philip Anschutz and Ed Roski donated $223,200 to the Republican Party and various candidates. The leading Democratic contributor is Ted Leonsis of the Washington Capitals, who kicked in $55,800.

Of the 23 U.S.-based teams, only the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes didnít make any campaign contributions.

The NHL is currently negotiating with its players over how to divide up hockey-related revenues and other issues that could delay the start of the season if a new collective bargaining agreement is not signed by Sept. 15.

The following dollar figures show net spending on either Republican or Democratic campaigns:

REPUBLICAN

Los Angeles Kings (Anschutz, Roski) $223,200

Nashville Predators (ownership group) $105,300

San Jose Sharks (ownership group) $86,550

Carolina Hurricanes (Karmanos) $66,100

St. Louis Blues (ownership group) $65,907

Columbus Blue Jackets (McConnell) $58,100

Detroit Red Wings (Ilitch) $55,600

New York Rangers (Dolan) $48,800

Tampa Bay Lightning (Vinik) $33,800

Philadelphia Flyers (Snider) $22,500

Minnesota Wild (Leipold) $18,000

Chicago Blackhawks (Wirtz) $10,007

Buffalo Sabres (Pegula) $2,500

DEMOCRATIC

Washington Capitals (Leonsis) $55,800

Boston Bruins (Jacobs) $52,785

Pittsburgh Penguins (Burkle) $48,300

Florida Panthers (Viner) $39,050

Anaheim Ducks (Samueli) $12,500

Colorado Avalanche (Kroenke) $5,000


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