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DENVER'S NHL TEAM HITS MAGIC NUMBER; GRIZZLIES TO SALT LAKE
Published July 6, 1995
Over 8,700 fans welcomed the new NHL team to Colorado at a "Break the Ice" party. CO Gov. Roy Romer, who declared yesterday "Break the Ice Day" in the state, introduced team captain Joe Sakic as Joe "Kasic." Team Exec VP Shawn Hunter said they have received deposits for 12,000 season tickets, their cutoff point, but will continue to accept deposits in case of cancellations (Adrian Dater, DENVER POST, 7/6). GOING THE WAY OF THE GREAT SALT LAKE? The IHL Denver Grizzlies will reportedly move to Salt Lake City, according to Adrian Dater in this morning's DENVER POST. Grizzlies workers were told by team President Bernie Mullen yesterday that a move to Salt Lake "appears imminent." Owner David Elmore is in Salt Lake today and tomorrow, and sources report a press conference may be held as early as tomorrow. Although Salt Lake was Elmore's first choice, he has "had some sticky negotiations" with Delta Center/Jazz Owner Larry Miller over the length of a Grizzlies lease. Sources in Denver say Miller "will relent" on his five- year demand because he wants hockey back in Utah (DENVER POST, 7/6).