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EDMONTON'S MYSTERY GROUP ENTERS BID FOR OILERS

          "An anonymous group of Edmonton investors has put in a
     secret bid to purchase the NHL Oilers," according to Darcy
     Henton of the TORONTO STAR.  Economic Development Edmonton
     head Rick LeLacheur delivered the bid on behalf of the
     unidentified investors and said that no details of the
     US$70M offer have been released nor has a deadline been set
     to complete the deal (TORONTO STAR, 9/18).  In Edmonton,
     Bernard Pilon reports that the "mystery bidders" have formed
     Edmonton Investors Group Ltd.  Lawyer John Butler, who is
     representing the group, would not identify the bidders,
     saying, "This (deal) will not happen overnight and it will
     not happen in the media."  Both Butler and LeLacheur
     "pleaded with reporters not to hound investors -- known to
     include" Vancouver media investor Cathy Roozen and computer
     software entrepreneur Bruce Saville.  Midland Walwyn, which
     is overseeing sale, will now examine the bid, the "first
     solid pitch" since Oilers Owner Peter Pocklington put the
     team up for sale in June (EDMONTON SUN, 9/18).  The STAR's
     Henton writes that the report of Roozen and Saville heading
     the group "has not been confirmed" (TORONTO STAR, 9/18).  

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