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IS DRYDEN ABOUT TO GET SOME SUPPORT ON FIGHTING BAN?

          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).




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