How much does Jim Balsillie love hockey?
Balsillie, like his compadre Lazadiris, has been generous in charitable giving. According to his Wikipedia entry, Balsillie has given at least $95 million to various groups and causes just since 2000. But his deepest passion is hockey. A 2008 Bloomberg News story reported that he quit playing with RIM employees because he realized they weren't hitting him as hard as other players. “Who enjoys that?” he asked. He offered $212.5 million in 2009 for the bankrupt Phoenix Arizona Coyotes hockey team, his third bid for an NHL team. Like the other two, the Coyotes offer didn’t work out, mainly because he wants to move the franchise to Canada.