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Former NFL Player Myles Jack, Mother Become Owners Of Pro Hockey Team

Former NFL player Myles Jack and his mother have become majority owners of a pro hockey team.

Myles Jack and LaSonjia

Jack, a former Jacksonville Jaguars player, and his mother, LaSonjia Jack, have solidified themselves as one of the few Black majority owners of an East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) team.

Jack started shortly after retiring from football in August, as the 28-year-old acquired the Allen Americans, which is an East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the ENHL’s Ottawa Senators.

The league actually credited the Jacks as the first Black majority owners, but Herb Washington once owned the Central Hockey League’s Youngstown Steelhounds, according to Blavity.

“The Allen Americans are excited to welcome Myles Jack as our new owner and as the first African American majority owner of a professional hockey team," the franchise said in a press release.

Jack, an Arizona native, and his mom will lead the organization in a different direction for the team’s 15th ECHL season.

“From the football field to the business world, I have always brought passion and leadership to my teams,” Jack said in a press release. “The opportunity to lead this franchise and serve our great fans is an incredible responsibility. I’m excited to bring a first-class, family-friendly entertainment option to this community alongside our great partners.”

Jack was drafted in the second round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. He actually played for the franchise for five years before being released in March of 2022. And he really wasn’t a free agent for too long, as he caught the Pittsburgh Steelers’ eyes on the open market, signing with them soon after.

His time, though, was cut short with the Steelers following a rough start to the season, though he did still ink a deal with the beloved Philadelphia Eagles at the beginning of August. But, unfortunately, he had a change of heart after he decided he wanted to leave the sport behind just two weeks later.

“We look forward to the excitement the Jack family, alongside Rev Entertainment and Zawyer Sports will bring to the Americans and the fan experience at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center," ECHL commissioner Ryan Crelin said in a statement.


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