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IHL EXPANDS FEAST TO 18 WITH TEAM IN SAN FRANCISCO
Published November 23, 1994
The IHL has added a team in San Francisco, bringing the total number of franchises in the league to 18 for '95-96. The team "will being play next season, with its home games at the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA. The team will be owned by David Pasant, 43, a retired president and chief executive officer of Jackson National Life Insurance Co. of Lansing, MI. The team will display a logo, team colors, and season ticket plans by mid- December. Pasant, who said he has been "looking for different sports ownership opportunities for some time," called the franchise "a great opportunity to operate a team in one of the world's best cities, and to be able to go to San Francisco and fill the hockey void that has existed there." Pasant said the team will offer an affordable alternative to the NHL Sharks. Pasant: "I would estimate our prices to be half of theirs." Sharks President Art Savage is not worried about the competition from the IHL team, saying "they have a good product, but it is a developmental product that we support" (Mike Weaver, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/23).