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LEMIEUX HAS STAKE IN FUTURE AVALANCHE PRACTICE FACILITY
Published February 27, 1998
Family Golf Centers, a public company which Avalanche RW Claude Lemieux has a business stake in, is expected to announce soon an exclusive deal for the Avalanche's permanent practice home, starting next season, according to Adrian Dater of the DENVER POST. The center will have two rinks, both available to the Avs, a nine-hole golf course, restaurants and other entertainment options. Lemieux: "We have eight such facilities in use right now, and plan to have 20 by the end of the year" (DENVER POST, 2/27). WHILE IN DENVER: Ascent Entertainment CEO Charlie Lyons said yesterday that the Nuggets are not for sale, but the POST's Mike Monroe asks, "Why would Lyons not want to rid himself, and Ascent, of a team that has become the NBA's worst? ... Somehow, Lyons still believes he can fix things, for his team and for his company. Pro basketball fans in Denver appear to have no choice but to hope he is right" (DENVER POST, 2/27). In Philadelphia, Gwen Florio writes the Nuggets situation is "[s]o bad that there are empty seats at courtside. So bad that a scalper hawked second-row seats for $20 apiece -- and got no takers" (INQUIRER, 2/27).