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NHL LOOKS TO ENHANCE INTEREST WITH BREAKOUT TOUR

     The NHL announced yesterday plans for a travelling off-ice
(street and roller) hockey tournament and summer festival called
NHL BREAKOUT '95.  The tour is designed to "capitalize on and
enhance the growing interest in hockey" across North America.
The festival, created by the NHL and produced by Streetball
Partners Int'l, will begin at Soldier Field in Chicago on July
15-16.  In addition to tournaments, a variety of hockey-themed
activities and entertainment will be featured, including skills
clinics and interactive events, as well as music, food,
merchandise, and the chance to meet NHL players.  The tour is
sponsored by Bauer, Campbell's Chunky Soup, Coca-Cola, Dodge,
Nike, Sports Illustrated for Kids in cooperation with USA Hockey
Inline and Canadian Hockey and supported by Hyper Wheels.  NHL
BREAKOUT '95 hits the following areas this summer and early fall:
Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Edmonton, Washington, Detroit,
Dallas South Florida, and L.A. (NHL).
     BURKE AND THE BABE:  NHL Senior VP Brian Burke was a guest
on ESPN Radio's "Fabulous Sports Babe" Wednesday.  Excerpts -- On
franchise movement:  "We think it's a sign of instability; we
don't like it."  On expansion:  "Are there enough players that
can play at the NHL level to sustain expansion?  We feel there
are, if we have two teams.  The next factor is the venue, but
that's also owner driven.  If the right owner steps forward and
wants a team in Atlanta or Portland or Phoenix, then it may
happen.  That may happen over the summer" (ESPNet SportsZone,
6/2).
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