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WILL THE ORR/TSONGAS TICKET BE A WINNER IN LOWELL?

     Bruins great Bobby Orr and former U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas
are trying to bring an American Hockey League franchise to
Lowell, MA.  The two, "who head a group of local investors," met
with AHL officials before Tuesday's All-Star Game in Providence.
Tsongas, who also hopes to bring minor league baseball to Lowell:
"I think we proved we have our act together."  The team would
play in an 8,000 seat downtown arena that is scheduled to be
completed in November '96.  AHL President Dave Andrews:  "With
their group and the potential of the building, it's a terrific
site for the league" (Todd Arthur, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/19).
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