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Oilers, Northlands At Odds Over Proposed Downtown Arena
Published January 27, 2010
|Oilers, Northlands Appear To Be In A
Stalemate Over Proposed Downtown Arena
POWER PLAY: In Edmonton, David Staples reported Northlands is "hiring a leading U.S. sports consulting firm to help come up with its own plans for a made-in-Edmonton arena plan." Northlands said that Minneapolis-based CSL Int'l and Alberta-based Spotlight Strategies "will help the community group to focus on ensuring the broader interests of Edmontonians are met." In Northlands' announcement Monday, neither Katz nor the Oilers "were mentioned as partners or players in the arena project." Oilers President & CEO Patrick LaForge said that he "will wait to see what the Northlands announcement means." LaForge: "I'm trying to understand what it means. ... I don't have any comment until we have time to digest" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 1/26).