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CANUCKS FEEL RESTRICTED BY NAME, LOGO -- MAY CONSIDER CHANGE

     The Canucks, who feel like they're "operating now under a
restrictive name and logo," could consider a name change "if
there was overwhelming support for a change," according to
Northwest Entertainment Group's Larry Donen.  Mike Beamish writes
in this morning's VANCOUVER SUN that the NEG's NBA Grizzlies have
"turned the sporting fashion world on its head" with their
uniform designs, and the company's creative types are "always
thinking."  Donen says the Canucks will soon introduce a third,
"special events" jersey "in the near future."  Beamish writes
that this jersey could be a "weaning-off process" for the team's
fans before a new jersey or logo change (VANCOUVER SUN, 5/23).
     AFFILIATE SWITCH:  The Blues are expected to announce today
they are naming the AHL Worcester IceCats as their main minor-
league affiliate.  The Blues will drop their IHL affiliate, the
Peoria Rivermen (USA TODAY, 5/23).
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