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RAPTORS NOT INTERESTED IN JOINING LEAFS AT NEW GARDENS
Published April 17, 1997
The Maple Leafs will announce this morning that they want to "extend an olive branch" to the Raptors by becoming business partners in the construction of a new Maple Leaf Gardens, according to Marty York of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. The Leafs are studying a site above Union Station, one block from the Raptors' Air Canada Centre, which has begun construction. Raptors President Richard Peddie: "We're a little amazed with the Leafs." Peddie said that the Leafs "never mentioned Union Station" during site negotiations before February. Peddie: "We have $80-million invested in this site. We have two months of construction behind us already" (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/17). MLG VP & Project Dir Tom Anselmi says that he doesn't think the Raptors "were nearing the point of no return" on making a decision to join the Leafs (Lance Hornby, TORONTO SUN, 4/17).