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NHL TEAM NOTES: MIGHTY DUCKS OFFERING FANS A "GOAL CARD"

          Mighty Duck fans who sign up for the "Die-Hard Duck
     Frequent Fan Rewards Program" will receive a "Goal Card,"
     according to Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. DAILY NEWS.  Once
     inside The Pond, fans can swipe their "Goal Card" through a
     kiosk machine to receive two points.  An accumulation of 20
     points is good for a Ducks team poster, 44 points can get
     you into a private practice session, 60 points is good for
     two Disneyland tickets and 80 points equals a brunch with
     the team's coaching staff (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 9/21).
          WHAT'S IN A NAME?: The St. Paul NHL expansion team is
     "giving fans an extra week to offer" suggestions on what to
     name the team.  In addition to Gnats and Frozen Ears, fans
     in the "fishing-crazy" state have suggested the Flying
     Walleye, Ninja Muskies and Fighting Smelt.  Other
     suggestions include the Corn Dogs, Ten Thousand Lakers and
     Puckeroos.  Along with the nickname, the team also has to
     decide on what geographical reference to use, either
     Minnesota or St. Paul (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/23).
          NOTES: The Avalanche have a waiting list "of about"
     3,000 fans (HOCKEY NEWS, 9/26)...In Montreal, Pat Hickey
     writes that the Senators "continue to be a tough sell in the
     suburb," as they are "stalled" at 9,400 season-ticket sales
     and have 47 unsold luxury suites (Montreal GAZETTE, 9/23).

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