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BUILD A RINK, GET A TEAM: ORR-TSONGAS TEAM SCORES IN MA

     After the city of Lowell, MA, announced yesterday the
approval of a bond issue to build a hockey arena, AHL President &
CEO Dave Andrews announced this morning that former U.S. Senator
Paul Tsongas and NHL Hall of Famer Bobby Orr have been awarded a
"conditional franchise" for Lowell.  The team would begin play in
the '96-97 season (AHL).
     THE DEAL:  The city of Lowell approved two bond issues
totalling $6M last week to help finance construction of a $32M
hockey arena/convention complex and an adjacent $8M baseball
stadium, according to the BOSTON HERALD.  The city hopes to
attract a minor league baseball team to add to the AHL franchise.
The stadium hinges on the success of Lowell's bid to attract a
New York-Penn League Single-A team, but the arena/convention
center was to have been built with or without the AHL.  The
arena/convention complex will be paid for with $2M in city bonds,
$4M from UMass-Lowell (whose hockey team will also use the
arena), $20M in state funds and $4M in private financing (BOSTON
HERALD, 6/6).
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