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LOCKOUT BACKLASH IN CANADA AS NHL TEAMS STRUGGLE AT THE GATE
Published February 14, 1995
Outside of Calgary, a lockout backlash in Western Canada is "certainly true," according to Mike Beamish of the VANCOUVER SUN. The difficulties the Jets, Canucks, and Oilers have faced, both on the ice and at the gate, is "the worst case of bad timing." Poor attendance could be interpreted as "further evidence of trouble with a Canadian 'small-market team.'" Beamish: "Out there in the desert, Suns' President Jerry Colangelo is doing the relocation dance. ... The owners hoped-for 'footprint' in the American sunbelt could become a stampede." Beamish claims that the "notion that a city's image depends on its ability to attract and support professional sports is very much in vogue in the United States. Civic pride is not so much about peaceful neighborhoods ... but whether the local arena has enough skyboxes and club seats to keep the pro team satisfied" (VANCOUVER SUN, 2/14).