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         Mighty Duck PAUL KARIYA is profiled in today's L.A. TIMES.
    Kariya on being compared to WAYNE GRETZKY: "To be mentioned in
    the same breath as Wayne Gretzky is a tremendous honor, but to me
    Wayne Gretzky is untouchable.  Incomparable.  He should be left
    alone on a pedestal" (L.A. TIMES, 2/8)....IHL Commissioner BOB
    UFER's passion for hockey is featured in today's USA TODAY.
    Ufer, who shows off his skating abilities by skating out and
    stickhandling the puck to center ice during ceremonial faceoffs:
    "It's a little more interesting than seeing a guy in a suit stand
    on a red carpet" (USA TODAY, 2/8)....Blackhawks owner WILLIAM
    WIRTZ was admitted to a suburban Chicago hospital yesterday for
    surgery to remove a blood clot (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/8). SHAQUILLE
    O'NEAL rapped with teammate DENNIS SCOTT Monday night at
    Orlando's Planet Hollywood in a warmup for this weekend's
    performance at the NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix (USA TODAY,
    2/8)....MICHAEL JORDAN celebrated his 32nd birthday Tuesday at
    his restaurant in Chicago.  On hand: Quaker Oats CEO WILLIAM
    SMITHBURG, entertainer BEN VEREEN, and Chicago Mayor RICHARD

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