Coyote Ugly - Deserted Dogs posted by Goon Squad
Keith Jeffries of Huntsville Sports Ventures has been the owner of the Havoc, a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League, for all six years - the longest stint of the city's four previous franchises.
Admittedly, he didn't know that much about the sport before he became an owner, but he did love watching the game.
After selling his business several years ago, it was a search "for that second career" that led Jeffries to the front office of the minor league team.
Decorating the walls of the team's main office are framed jerseys from past years. His office, off to the side of the main office, is modestly decorated with bookshelves, pictures, a couple of hockey masks, pucks and a family picture prominently displayed.
Last week, Jeffries talked about the team and the sport with Times business editor Budd McLaughlin. The conversation has been edited for space and clarity.
Q: What is Huntsville Sports Ventures Inc.?
A: It's the parent company of the Havoc and I'm the only stockholder. We called it Huntsville Sports Ventures instead of the Havoc because we may go into other promotions in sports entertainment. We owned the (Tennessee Valley) Vipers (arena football team) for a couple of years and were involved in the Arenacross (motocross) at the VBC and were a small backer of the Big Spring Jam one year.
Q: Is there a relationship between the Havoc and the Vipers?
A: No. We're tenants in the same building. That's all. We get along extremely well, but there's no business relationship.
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