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AVALANCHE/SHARKS START STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SERIES IN CA

          The Avalanche and Sharks agreed to postpone Games One
     and Two of their Stanley Cup Playoffs due to the tragedy at
     Columbine High School in Littleton, CO.  The games scheduled
     for Wednesday and Thursday will now be played Saturday and
     Monday at the San Jose Arena.  In addition, the Rockies
     postponed Wednesday's game against the Expos and now leave
     Denver for a 13-game road trip (THE DAILY). 
          PAINFUL PROCESS: Avalanche President & GM Pierre
     Lacroix: "[Ascent CEO] Charlie Lyons said: 'We're close to
     this community.  We have to act like all these kids are our
     kids.'  We've agreed to go and start the series in San Jose
     in due respect to the situation.  It's our way to show our
     community our respects to the situation" (DENVER POST,
     4/22).  Sharks GM Dean Lombardi: "We couldn't have played
     (last night), we couldn't have played tomorrow (tonight),
     either.  We talked about playing Saturday, but I don't even
     think that's good."  Sharks G Mike Vernon: "This incident is
     devastating, it's the only appropriate thing to do.  Sports
     is a very minute part of our society" (S.F. CHRONICLE,
     4/22).  Rockies co-Owner Dick Monfort: "It's a hard time to
     get up and cheer and yell.  I first thought we would play
     (Wednesday) and get the healing going, but it is obvious the
     time is not right."  Rockies Chair Jerry McMorris: "As we
     get into this it is more and more tragic and more and more
     overwhelming.  The mood (Wednesday) is clearly the same or
     even worse than (Tuesday)" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/22). 
     McMorris: "We're exploring ways we can reach out to the
     community -- the school, the parents, the students, the
     S.W.A.T. team -- because everybody is deeply involved in
     this and we're going to try to do the right thing. ... Our
     players have gotten more upset as this has gone along" (CO
     Springs GAZETTE, 4/22).  Expos Manager Felipe Alou: "Right
     now, you don't worry about doubleheaders.  I'm  worried
     about society, about the children" (DENVER POST, 4/22).
          IN REMEMBRANCE: Starting today, the Rockies will wear a
     Columbine High patch with the school's colors and script on
     their right sleeve.  The Avalanche plan to wear a similar
     patch as well on the sleeves of its sweaters.  The Nuggets
     will feature a "small patch on the shoulder area" of their
     uniforms.  The Nuggets and Avalanche "also plan to donate
     money from their community fund to victims and their
     families" (Clay Latimer, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/22).
          THE RIGHT MOVE: In Denver, Bob Kravitz writes that
     yesterday was "no time to fall back on the halfhearted
     platitudes about providing a wounded community with two,
     three hours of escapist relief" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/22). 
     In Toronto, Grant Kerr writes that the teams "responded
     accordingly" to the tragic events, and the members of the
     Avalanche and Sharks "seemed almost relieved" when the
     series was delayed (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/22).  In Edmonton, Mark
     Spector calls the postponements the "only decent thing to
     do" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 4/22).  But in DC, Dan Daly writes
     that "there are times when we need our games ... and this is
     one of them.  In fact, sports may never be more useful than
     in periods of mourning" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 4/22).

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