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Roy Lars Magnus Boe (September 14, 1929–June 7, 2009[1]) was an owner of the New Jersey Nets, New York Islanders, and several other professional sports teams.

Boe was a graduate of Yale University and a veteran of the Korean War. With his first wife, Deon Woolfolk, he founded a successful women's clothing company called Boe Jests, and sold it for several million dollars in 1966.[2] He bought his first sports team, the Westchester Bulls of the Atlantic Coast Football League, in 1968.[3]

In 1969, Boe purchased the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association. During his tenure with the Nets, the team reached the ABA Finals in 1972, 1974, and 1976, winning the latter two series. After the last championship, Boe oversaw the Nets' entry into the National Basketball Association as part of the ABA-NBA merger.[1] However, he was criticized for selling star player Julius Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers to help pay for the NBA's entry fees. Boe moved the team to New Jersey before the 1977-78 season, and sold the team in 1978.[1][4]

In 1972, Boe helped found the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. He owned twenty percent of the team[1] and hired Bill Torrey as the team's general manager. Shortly after Boe sold his share of the team to John O. Pickett in 1978, Torrey led the Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup victories.[3]

In his later years, Boe owned the Worcester Ice Cats and Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. He died of heart failure on June 7, 2009, and was survived by his wife, Betty Broderick, five children, and six grandchildren.


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