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DEVOS HAS ONE "I" ON KC AND ANOTHER "I" ON GRAND RAPIDS

     The IHL Board of Governors approved the transfer of
ownership of the Kansas City Blades from Russell and Diana Parker
to DP Fox Sports and Entertainment Ltd, headed by Daniel and
Pamella DeVos.  DP Fox Sports also own the IHL's Grand Rapids
Griffins and is the first group to own and manage two IHL
franchises (IHL).  IHL Commissioner Bob Ufer said provisions were
in place to will safeguard against possible conflicts.  Ufer:
"We have taken appropriate measures to assure autonomy of the
hockey operations, and the league will closely monitor player
transactions.  Any player transactions must be approved by the
league office" (Bob Luder, KANSAS CITY STAR, 3/13).
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