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NHLPA VOWS TO MONITOR AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS OF HOCKEY AGENTS

          The NHLPA is "concerned" about a growing trend among
     player agents to recruit 13-and 14-year-old players and "is
     monitoring the situation," according to Alan Adams of the
     TORONTO STAR, in a follow-up to his Sunday feature on hockey
     agents.  The NHLPA's J.P. Barry: "It hasn't been brought up
     to the player reps (who meet in the summer), but we have
     been monitoring and watching the amount of recruitment." 
     Barry added that the union "would impose age restrictions
     and sanctions against agents who broke the rules only if NHL
     players wanted it done" (TORONTO STAR, 3/24).
          NOTES: In Philadelphia, Rich Hoffman writes that an NHL
     owner "salivates over the playoffs.  For some teams, the
     difference between losing money and breaking even is the
     playoffs.  For other teams, the difference between breaking
     even and making a good buck is the playoffs."  Hoffman adds
     that the Flyers "probably" earn $1.5M per home playoff game
     (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 3/24)....Hawks Owner Bill Wirtz,
     on the league stopping play during the Olympics: "I was
     raised that you think of season-reservation holders first,
     second and third. ... I believe in never demeaning the
     regular season" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/22). 

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