R. Thomas (Tom) Gaglardi is the owner and governor of the Dallas Stars Hockey Club and the president of Northland Properties Corporation, the largest family-owned hospitality company in Canada with its head offices located in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was officially introduced as the sixth owner in Dallas Stars history on November 21, 2011 and took over ownership of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Texas Stars, and operations of the Cedar Park Center on December 17, 2014.
In just three seasons as owner of the Dallas Stars, Gaglardi has revitalized hockey in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, overhauling the team’s front-office by hiring veteran administrator Jim Lites to serve as president, bringing franchise icon Mike Modano to serve as an executive advisor and alternate governor, and installing one of the most respected hockey minds in Jim Nill as general manager. He also spearheaded the overhaul of the team’s logo and uniform, forging a new identity for the club to fit his vision. Under his watch, media insiders have consistently identified the Stars as a team “on the rise” for both the business, and hockey operations side of the organization.
A passionate and knowledgeable leader who is deeply involved in all aspects of the family’s business, Gaglardi began his career in the hospitality industry at age 13 as a busboy and has worked in virtually every area of his business since that time. He spent considerable time in construction, hotel and restaurant operations, real estate development and finance. At age 23, he was promoted to president of the Sandman Hotel Group, and at 26 he became president of Northland Properties Corporation, the Gaglardi family’s umbrella company. Under his direction, Northland has grown to include a large portfolio of hotels including Sutton Place Hotels & Resorts, along with several restaurant chains including Denny’s Restaurants of Canada, Moxie’s Classic Grill, Chop Steakhouse & Bar, and Shark Club Bar & Grill. The family also owns and operates a large real estate portfolio and the world renowned Revelstoke Mountain Resort. In addition to his role with the Stars, Gaglardi is a co-owner of the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club of the Western Hockey League and serves as its governor.
An active member of the community, Gaglardi founded the Sandman Harvest Foundation, which has raised over $1 million for disadvantaged and medically challenged children living in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. He also serves as trustee for the PA and JM Gaglardi Senior Citizens Society, a non-profit society providing housing for seniors in Kamloops, British Columbia and serves on the board of St. George’s School in Vancouver. He founded the Josh Dyck Foundation to assist Josh with his recovery from an auto accident in October 2006, which left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.
Gaglardi and his wife Brittney have three sons, Charlie, Bennett and Wilson all of whom play competitive ice hockey. In addition to his own participation on his hockey team, Gaglardi enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family at their cottage on the shores of Kamloops Lake near Savona, British Columbia.