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IHL SEES OPENING IN CANADA MARKET; NOT FAZED BY ATLANTA TALK

     IHL Commissioner Bob Ufer said his league has a "tremendous
interest" in Canada and wants to establish a "Canadian Conference
anchored by a franchise in Toronto," according to this morning's
Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Ufer's remarks seem to contradict "earlier
reports that stated the IHL, in awarding franchises, would reject
a Canadian city with a population under 700,000."  William
Houston writes that the IHL "could be the salvation for Canadian
markets, such as Quebec, which cannot support" NHL teams.  Ufer
sees other potential cities in Saskatoon, and "perhaps Hamilton"
(Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/26).  Richard Adler, Co-Owner and
President of the IHL Atlanta Knights said an NHL team in Atlanta
would not force them to leave.  Although the Knights loses their
hockey "exclusivity" in the Omni after '95-96, the team has a
lease to play there through '96-97.  But Adler said sharing the
facility with an NHL team "doesn't work" (Tim Tucker, ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION, 5/26).
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