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IS DRYDEN ABOUT TO GET SOME SUPPORT ON FIGHTING BAN?
Published December 8, 1997
Maple Leafs President Ken Dryden has "triggered something of an informal campaign" to have league execs "at least study the concept of ejecting fighters from games in the future," according to Marty York of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. Sources tell York that Dryden will have "two strong and prominent allies" in Flyers GM Bob Clarke and Bobby Orr, who are "about to make their anti-fighting feelings known" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 12/7). But Dryden told the TORONTO STAR that the fighting issue "is dead for now. The league isn't ready for it yet. The real next showdown debate (on fighting) is probably a couple of years away" (TORONTO STAR, 12/7). In Chicago, Hawks GM Bob Pulford on Dryden's remarks that fighting doesn't belong in the NHL: "That's the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard" (SUN-TIMES, 12/8). NOTES: The Maple Leafs "estimated" that they will save $150,000-$200,000 in travel costs by playing Western Conference teams once instead of up to five times (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 12/7)....VP Al Gore attended the Capitals first game at MCI Center on Friday (WASHINGTON POST, 12/6)....The NHL "is strongly considering" holding its 2000 All-Star Game at MCI Center, but said that a site has not yet been selected (WASHINGTON POST, 12/7).