But a source close to Mr. Balsillie balked at suggestions he is making things unnecessarily difficult in his quest for an NHL team.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that, despite recent media reports, Mr. Balsillie enjoys strong support among NHL governors. "There are a lot of people who want to have him in the league," he said.
Those who have had business dealings with Mr. Balsillie invariably describe him as "intense," "tough" and "aggressive." Yet they also paint him as a philanthropist and dedicated family man, one who coaches his son's junior basketball team, drives a modest sport-utility vehicle, and lives in the same house he bought several years ago.Stewart and Waldie are both writers from The Globe's Report on Business section, and offer up what's a bit of a different perspective on Balsillie and his business dealings with Research in Motion and the BlackBerry.
"The NHL better not let this guy get away," said his friend, Mr. Foxcroft. "He's got passion, he's got integrity, he's got work ethic. ... He hates to lose, which tells you he will go out and hire the best and brightest minds to run his hockey team."
An interesting read.