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DENVER'S NHL TEAM HITS MAGIC NUMBER; GRIZZLIES TO SALT LAKE

     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).
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