NHL AVOIDS "VERBAL SCRAP" WITH GRETZKY OVER ALL-STAR PICKS
In naming Mike Gartner and Ron Francis as special picks to
the All-Star Game, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman avoided a
"verbal scrap" with Wayne Gretzky over the game's selection
process. Gretzky believes the Game should not have to feature
players from all teams (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/10).
CURRENCY EQUALIZATION PLAN: The NHL Board of Governors
voted last Friday to approve a plan to assist Canadian clubs over
the disparity between U.S. and Canadian currencies. Teams must
qualify by having revenues at least 80% of the league average or
by meeting league-set standards for selling, season tickets,
skyboxes and dasher-board signage. Teams may receive up to $5M
in U.S. dollars (NHL).