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PORTLAND HOPING TO BRING NHL OR IHL TO NORTHWEST
Published June 22, 1995
In Portland, Steve Brandon reports that either the NHL or IHL could be coming. Marshall Glickman, President of Oregon Arena Corp., reportedly was in New York recently on "hockey matters," which included a visit to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. And, according to sources, Bettman has been "practically begging" Blazers Chair Paul Allen to join the league. Allen and the Arena Corp., however, are "are taking just as close a look at the IHL." Arena officials believe an IHL club would "make money" in Portland while filling 45-plus Rose Garden dates. Brandon notes that an IHL team also "would not be a financial threat" to the Blazers. In addition to ongoing consideration of the NHL, the Arena Corp.'s lease with the WHL Winter Hawks "stands in the way" of an IHL team coming in '96-97. The 20-year lease, which took effect last year, permits Arena Corp. to lease the Rose Garden to an NHL team, but not an IHL team, without the Hawks' permission (Portland OREGONIAN, 6/20). IS NIKE READY FOR NHL OWNERSHIP? Brandon also reports that the "word in hockey circles is that Nike Inc. has considered applying for an expansion team that would play in Portland." Nike spokesperson Vizhier Corpuz denied the reports saying the company has "nothing in the works" regarding ownership of an NHL club (OREGONIAN, 6/20).