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NEW OWNER TO TAKE AN ENTERTAINER'S APPROACH WITH ICE DOGS
Published December 22, 1995
Ice Dogs Owner Fred Comrie is expected to finalize an agreement this week to sell the team to TV producer Barry Kemp for $5M. According to the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Kemp plans to take an "entertainer's approach" to hockey, much like with Disney's Mighty Ducks. Kemp, who said better-than-expected revenue from the syndication of "Coach" prompted him to buy the team, will move the Ice Dogs from the L.A. Sports Arena to a revamped Long Beach Arena next season. Kemp he plans to use on- ice and outdoor pre-game entertainment to bring in more fans. He hopes to have an average attendance of 7,000. Kemp is also a minority partner with the Suns (Barbara Kingsley, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 12/22).