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IHL PLANS FOR MAJOR EXPANSION BY MILLENNIUM

     IHL expansion was examined in yesterday's HOUSTON CHRONICLE.
With the league planning to add three teams for '95-96 and two
teams a year until 2000, there should be nine more North American
teams five years from now.  IHL commissioner Bob Ufer:  "People
ask the question: Are we risking unsuccessful teams?  Are we
risking diluting our product?  Those are risks, but with those
risks are tremendous opportunities.  I'm not advocating
recklessness, but I think we have to pursue them."  The league is
also expected to announce within the next two weeks completed
plans for a European division to debut next year.  A six-to-eight
team division in Europe would host one North American division,
rotating each year (Jody Goldstein, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/18).
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