PETER KARMANOS J R .
MINORITY OWNER / ALTERNATE GOVERNOR
Peter Karmanos Jr., 75, serves as minority owner and alternate governor
for the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as the chairman and cofounder of
MadDog Technology. Karmanos sold the Carolina Hurricanes to Tom
Dundon on Jan. 12, 2018, after serving as principal owner/governor and
chief executive offi cer for the franchise since 1994. Karmanos retained
a minority ownership interest in the team. On Nov. 9, 2015, he was
inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the category of Builder—defi ned
as an individual who has contributed to the development of the game of
hockey, moving the game forward.
Karmanos has been involved in hockey for more than 40 years, making
an impact in youth hockey, the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the ECHL
and the National Hockey League (NHL). He created the Compuware
Youth Hockey Program in the 1970s, a system that has since produced
15 national championships, 34 state championships, 235 Division I
scholarship hockey players and 14 NHL fi rst-round draft picks. Alumni of
Compuware youth hockey include Eric Lindros, Pat Peake, Pat LaFontaine,
Mike Modano, Brian Rolston, David Legwand, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Hatcher,
Derian Hatcher and Jacob Trouba.
Prior to selling the Plymouth Whalers in 2015, Karmanos owned OHL
franchises for more than 30 years, winning his fi rst OHL championship
with Windsor in 1988. In 1989, he founded the fi rst American-based OHL
franchise, which later became the Plymouth Whalers. Plymouth won OHL
titles in 1995 and 2007 and produced 18 NHL fi rst-round selections and
more than 90 players drafted into the NHL. Alumni of Karmanos’ OHL
teams include James Neal, Justin Williams, Tyler Seguin and J.T. Miller.
Karmanos’ OHL franchises have also produced a number of managers
and coaches at the NHL level, including Pittsburgh Penguins General
Manager Jim Rutherford, Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice, San
Jose Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer and Hurricanes Assistant General
Manager/Charlotte Checkers Head Coach Mike Vellucci.
Karmanos acquired an NHL franchise, the Hartford Whalers, on June
28, 1994, and relocated the franchise to Raleigh, NC, in 1997. Since their
arrival in North Carolina, the Carolina Hurricanes have captured three
division titles (1999, 2002, 2006), two Eastern Conference championships
(2002, 2006) and the 2006 Stanley
Cup, the fi rst major-league sports
championship for the state of North
Carolina. The Hurricanes also hosted the
NHL Draft in 2004 and the NHL All-Star
Game in 2011. Karmanos also owned
the ECHL’s Florida Everblades for 15
seasons, capturing the ECHL’s Kelly Cup
championship in 2012.
In addition to his selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Karmanos
has collected a number of major awards during his career as a hockey
builder, including the Lester Patrick Award (outstanding service to
hockey in the U.S.), the Bill Long Award (outstanding contributions
to the OHL) and the USA Hockey Distinguished Achievement Award.
He is also a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the United
States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Karmanos attended Wayne State University in Detroit. He founded
Compuware in 1973 with two partners who, with Karmanos, pooled
their tax return money to start the company. Karmanos’ initiative and
business prowess were recognized in 1989 by the Institute of American
Entrepreneurs, which named him Entrepreneur of the Year. In April
1999, Karmanos ensured that his company would not lose sight of its
roots when he decided to relocate more than 4,100 highly-skilled jobs
from Compuware’s headquarters in Farmington Hills, Mich., to Campus
Martius, a business district in the heart of downtown Detroit. He retired
from his position of executive chairman of Compuware in March 2013.
Along with his business and hockey interests, Karmanos is widely
known for his philanthropy, particularly in the area of cancer research. In
1995, Karmanos established the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
in Detroit, with donations that now total in excess of $60 million. The
institute is one of only 39 in the United States granted “comprehensive
cancer center” status by the National Institute of Health, and the only one
of the 39 named after a woman.
Karmanos resides in the Detroit area with his wife Danialle, and their
sons Socrates, Leonidas, Spiros and Aristides. He now has seven sons
and nine grandchildren. Danialle—in addition to her ongoing work as a
nationally acclaimed video producer—founded Danialle Karmanos’ Work It
Out (DKWIO). A 501(c)3 organization, DKWIO fi ghts childhood obesity by
providing kids with the tools they need to make healthy choices. By helping
kids achieve health in mind, body and spirit, DKWIO has touched the lives
of thousands of at-risk children in the Detroit and Triangle communities.
As an award-winning writer, producer and director, in 2008 Danialle was
tapped by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the newly-chartered
Michigan Film Offi ce Advisory Council. In a 2010 Michigan-wide election,
Danialle was elected to serve an eight-year term on the Wayne State
University Board of Governors. She also works tirelessly on behalf of the
Karmanos Cancer Institute, partnering with the organization to develop
memorable creative content. Her creative talents also led Danialle to
become a founding member, Board member and past chair of the criticallyacclaimed
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). She also
serves on the boards of the Michigan Opera Theatre and the College for
Creative Studies, and is a trustee for the Parade Company, the non-profi t
organization responsible for the renowned America’s Thanksgiving Parade
and numerous other family-oriented events in Metropolitan Detroit.