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CANADIANS WORRIED ABOUT FUTURE OF HOCKEY IN THEIR COUNTRY
Published October 20, 1995
This morning's USA TODAY examines the fears Canadian hockey fans have after the sale of the Jets and the move of the Nordiques to Denver. Kevin Allen writes, "In Canada, where hockey is a religion, some of the brethren have lost the faith." CBC commentator Harry Neale: "Some people are feeling betrayed. I'm not saying that's right or wrong. But it has been a bitter pill to swallow in Quebec and Winnipeg, and the rest of Canada is worried about the future." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "I think the vital signs (in Edmonton and Calgary) are good. I worry a lot about the Canadian franchises. I know how strong a part of history and culture hockey is in Canada" (USA TODAY, 10/20). In other news, NHL Dir of Hockey Ops Brian Burke responded to a report the NHL is considering changing the game format to include four quarters. Burke says the length of the game "is not a common complaint from the fans in the building as much as it is from our broadcast partners." CBC's "HNIC" commentator Don Cherry: "I guarantee you that this idea would never go through because the owners like the intermissions to sell the hotdogs" (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 10/20).