By Peggy Chapman, Director of Community Relations, Hamilton Bulldogs
Hamilton has a rich hockey history, but there’s no doubt, Michael Andlauer is considered the future of hockey in the city. But do Hamiltonians really know him? For a sports owner, he avoids the common mud- slinging that comes with the political terri- tory. Andlauer has been involved with the Hamilton Bulldogs since 2002, first as a co-owner, then majority owner of the AHL team until this year when he sold it to the Montreal Canadiens. He then purchased the Ontario Hockey League’s Belleville Bulls and relocated the team to Hamilton to play under the Bulldogs name. (Don’t worry, Bruiser the mascot is staying). This investment kept a promise by him to keep hockey in Hamilton. Going one step further, he hired local hockey legend Steve Staios as president of the team. How is he able to do this? It’s thanks to his success in busi- ness. Andlauer is the president and chief executive officer of AMG (Andlauer Man- agement Group Inc.), which manages and operates transportation and logistics com- panies. His passion for hockey, success with the ‘Dogs and his love of the Habs led him in 2009 to purchase a share of the Canadiens. He stands in as alternate governor for the Habs which means Hamilton has a voice at the NHL table. Although he’s successful now, life wasn’t always easy – which is why Michael is dedicated to giving back. In 2007, Andlauer created the Bulldogs Foundation focused on enriching the lives of children and youth in the community. Through the Foundation, the Dawgs Breakfast Program feeds nutritious breakfasts to 5,000 students in high-needs schools.