SBD/12/Leagues Governing Bodies

AHL AWARDS NEW FRANCHISES TO BALTIMORE AND LEXINGTON

     The AHL expanded by two teams yesterday, awarding new
franchises to Baltimore and Lexington, KY.  The Baltimore team is
owned by Robert Teck and Alan Gertner of New Jersey and will play
at the Baltimore Arena.  Lexington has been granted a franchise
"subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions that are
expected to be met in the coming weeks."  Former North Stars
Owner and current USA Hockey President Walter Bush will be the
principal owner, while other investors include former Bruin coach
and current ESPN analyst Mike Milbury and Ron DeGregorio,
managing partner of the PenFacs Group.  The Lexington team will
play at Rupp Arena (Baltimore SUN, 4/12).
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