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Volume 24 No. 117
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CANADIENS TO ANNOUNCE FORUM NAMING RIGHTS DEAL TODAY

     Canadiens President Ronald Corey holds a news conference
today to announce that the new Forum, scheduled to open in March
'96, will be named after a corporation.  According to this
morning's MONTREAL GAZETTE, Molson, Air Canada and Chrysler are
"rumored to be in the running."  Molson, owner of the team and
the new C$230M building, could decide to keep the name for itself
-- but, in doing so, the company would "deprive itself of a
potential revenue package worth tens of millions of dollars,
roughly equal to the Canadiens' $24-million in player-payroll
costs this season" (David Johnson, Montreal GAZETTE, 12/13).