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IHL SEES OPENING IN CANADA MARKET; NOT FAZED BY ATLANTA TALK
Published May 26, 1995
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).