SEATTLE -- “I just can’t talk about it.”
That’s how Don Levin reacted Tuesday when asked about his reported recent trip to Bellevue.
“I can say I was in Vancouver recently to finalize the affiliation deal with the Canucks,” says Levin, the owner of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. On Friday, KING5 reported he had recently swung through Bellevue, looking into the possibility of building a new arena which could house the NHL or an NBA franchise. Levin wouldn’t confirm, nor deny, the visit took place.
Levin founded D.H.L. Enterprises in 1969, according to the Chicago Wolves website, and the Chicago-based company’s interests are diverse. The site claims D.H.L has “holdings in many industries, including tobacco processing; aircraft and medical equipment leasing; licensed sports product manufacturing and distribution; and motion picture production and distribution. Levin's film company has made nearly 20 motion pictures distributed in the U.S. and overseas, featuring such stars as Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Sharon Stone, Rodney Dangerfield and Chuck Norris.”
Levin says he loves Chicago -- “been here all my life,” he said -- but also admits to being familiar with the Puget Sound region.
“I’ve been there several times, and have property up on Vancouver Island. It’s beautiful,” Levin said.
He also acknowledged seeing a recent exclusive KING5 interview with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who said a group was interested in bringing and NHL team to the Seattle-area.
Is Levin, a minor league hockey team owner, interested in being a part of that group?
“I can’t talk about that,” he said.
Is he interested in owning an NHL team?
“I’m not going to go there,” he responded.
A well-placed source told KING 5 News Levin is just one of a handful of people who have recently expressed interest in an arena project. The other interested parties have local ties.
The source says the problem right now is available land, and that’s what has been the issue thus far in putting together a deal on the Eastside. KING5 reported in May about a land deal which fell through, which would have potentially been a part of an arena project.