By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former New York Islanders owner Charles Wang passed away on Sunday. He was 74.
His attorney John McEntee said Wang died in a statement. He also said that he was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. Wang died of cancer.
He bought the Islanders in 2000. He then owned it until 2016 when he sold his majority ownership in the team. Sixteen years after buying the franchise, he became the team’s minority co-owner.
When he switched his ownership stance, the team played its games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the other half at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum. Wang helped the team move to the Barclays Center.
At the time when Wang and his team announced that the team would relocate to Brooklyn in 2012, the team signed a 25-year lease agreement with the arena. Prior to the move, the Islanders played at the Nassau Coliseum from 1972 through 2015. Wang stated at the time that the team couldn’t stay at the Coliseum once the lease expired.
“[Wang’s] commitment to, and passion for, his beloved Islanders was matched by his dedication to, and support for, the Long Island community,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
He also founded Computer Associates International in 1976. The company is also known as CA Technologies with it being headquartered in Islandia.
He was the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive.
Wang was born in Shanghai on Aug. 19, 1944. His family then immigrated to the United States at eight-years-old.
He is survived by Nancy Li, his wife, including his three children, and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother and two brothers.
“As we move forward with the development of the Nassau Hub, we will remember his [Wang’s] commitment to the site and the need to have a vision for opportunity and economic growth,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in a statement Sunday.
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