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KEN DRYDEN, SOME FIGHT LEFT IN HIM, LOOKS TO KO SCRAPPING

          Maple Leafs President Ken Dryden "is determined to see
     fighting abolished" in the NHL, according to Marty York of
     the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Dryden: "I intend to start
     lobbying for it formally. ... As far as I'm concerned, the
     NHL should not be treating fighting as though it is part of
     the game.  In my view, if an NHL player fights, he should be
     ejected, plain and simple, just as players in baseball or
     basketball are."  Dryden said that he has "expressed his
     opinion to the NHL informally" at a recent meeting.  Dryden:
     "There was a real difference of opinion in that room. ...
     Essentially, we've been programmed to consider constant
     fighting in hockey as if there isn't a choice, as if there
     is an inevitability to it" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/27).
          CHEERS FOR DISNEY: NHL Oilers President Glen Sather, on
     Disney's handling of Paul Kariya's holdout: "We're all
     watching it with a lot of interest.  And I'm 100 percent
     behind the way [Walt Disney Chair Michael] Eisner and Disney
     are handling this.  This is the function of the collective
     bargaining agreement.  This is what we had all those
     negotiations and a lockout about" (EDMONTON SUN, 11/29).

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