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Nelson M. Skalbania (born February 12, 1938) is a flamboyant Canadian businessman from Vancouver, British Columbia best known for signing a 17-year-old Wayne Gretzky to the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association. February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Vancouver (pronounced: ) is a city in south-western British Columbia, Canada. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages English Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 36 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of total)  Ranked 5th 944,735 km² 925,186 km² 19,549 km... Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26, 1961) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... The Indianapolis Racers were a franchise in the former World Hockey Association. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ...

In 1961 Nelson Skalbania graduated from UBC with a Bachelors in Applied Science, then received his P.Eng. in 1962. He finally received in Masters of Science in Civil Engineering in 1964 at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (specializing in Seismic engineering).

His initial profession as a very active consulting engineer in the early 1960s expanded into an extensive real estate career in parallel with the consulting business. He then expanded his work to a broad range of other businesses where there was no limit to either the size of business, scope of business, nor global location of business.

Married to Eleni (the owner/operator of the boutique Wedgewood Hotel in Vancouver), he has two daughters and two stepdaughters. He is internationally ranked in chess and has completed seven marathons.

Career Breakdown:

Consulting: 1964-1981 President and mjor owner of McKenzie Snowball & Skalbania, consulting engineers. Started as one0third owner of 3 man company in 1974, but by 1971 there were over 100 staff in four locations in structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering consulting.

Real Estate: 1967-present Skalbania is active in Real Estate primariliy in the US and Canada. During the 10 year period from 1971 to 1981, Nelson averaged over $500 million each year (over 1,000 transactions). Some of the highlights include: Purchased in 3 consecutive years: three packages of real estate from Genstar. The last package of real estate of $150 million included hotels, shopping centers, apartments, and raw land (from New York to Vancouver). Purchased over a span of 10 years: 31 different Eaton's properties/sotres across Canada from Victoria, B.C. to Moncton, N.B. The larger ones included a downtown Vancouver Store, (redeveloped, constructed $100M project downton Winnipeg catalogue store, redeveloped into $50M retail complex, etc.) Bought and resold "Omni" complex in Atlanta, GA (htel, two office towers, retail for $55M - his cost $150M). He sold to Ted Turner, and it is now his current office. Bought "Circus World" in Orlando, Fla from Mattel Toy co., sold to Jim Monaghan and harcourt Brace Johanovich (Sea World owners). Opera Square, San Francisco ($100M project, three towers, offices, retail, etc). Watergate Apartments (1,200 suite condo - $40M), Oakland, CA.

In March of 1981, he purchased the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League from long-time owner Sam Berger. Skalbania has also owned the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, the Memphis Rogues of the North American Soccer League, who became the Calgary Boomers, and the Vancouver Canadians baseball team. On March 11, 1996 Bill Comrie announced that he had sold the British Columbia Lions football club to a group of 10 Vancouver area businessmen headed by Skalbania and Michael Jensen. The Montreal Alouettes (French: Alouettes de Montréal) are a Canadian Football League team based in Montreal, Quebec. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... Samuel Berger (1900 - July 24, 1992) was a Canadian owner of the Canadian Football Leagues Ottawa Rough Riders and Montreal Alouettes and president of the CFL. He was President and Director of the Ottawa team, which won the Grey Cup Championship on four times. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... Categories: Stub | United States soccer clubs (defunct) | Memphis, Tennessee sports ... North American Soccer League or (NASL) was a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. ... The Calgary Boomers were a professional soccer team, that competed in the North American Soccer League during the 1981 season, after which they folded. ... League Northwest League Division Western Year founded 2000 Major League affiliation Oakland Athletics Home ballpark Nat Bailey Stadium Previous home ballparks City Vancouver, British Columbia Current uniform colors Red, White, and Blue Previous uniform colors Logo design A block C or script V Division titles 2 (2004,2005) League titles... The British Columbia Lions, commonly known as the BC Lions, are a Canadian Football League team based in Vancouver, British Columbia and are the 2006 Grey Cup Champions. ...

Skalbania ownns or is the largest shareholder in numerous businesses: from restaurants and full length movies, to breweries and founding Solar Energy Ltd, Nelson is active on many fronts. He is currently an investor in D2Fusion, Inc., Planktos, and SOLAREC.

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Skalbania in turn used the $6 Million as a down payment on the club, which, according to the Seaman's group took them out of the running, or so they thought.
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Former Edmonton Oilers owner Nelson Skalbania was a complete opposite to his predecessor, Dr. Charles Allard.
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Skalbania, however, would return to the WHA as the owner of the Indianapolis Racers, setting the stage for one of hockey’s historic transactions.
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