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Volume 24 No. 113
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     One night after the Canadiens played their final game at the
fabled Forum, the facility was turned over to sports memorabilia
collectors who spent over $300,000 bidding on Forum fixtures,
according to today's Montreal GAZETTE.  Approximately 1,000 fans
paid $35 each to bid on items ranging from championship banners
to penalty-box benches.  An equal number shelled out $5 just to
watch.  All proceeds will go to the United Way and a fund for
retired Habs players.  Samples:  C$31,000 for the '23-'24 Stanley
Cup Championship banner; C$20,000 for the nets from Monday's
game; C$3,400 for lockers used by current players; $1,800 for a
turnstile; and C$7,500 for the puck used to score the final Forum
goal (Peggy Curran, Montreal GAZETTE, 3/13).  The Hamilton
SPECTATOR reports one of the building's hot-dog grills sold for
C$1,000 (Hamilton SPECTATOR, 3/13).