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NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND SET TO PLAY TO WORLD PARTY

          The NHL announced that the '98 All-Star Game will     feature a new format with the North American All-Stars     playing the World All-Stars.  The international game will be     played on Sunday, January 18, at GM Place in Vancouver.      Players from the U.S. and Canada will represent the North     American team and will face the top players from the rest of     the world.  All-Star balloting in Canada is sponsored by     McDonald's and by Russell Athletic in the U.S.  The New     Dodge is presenting sponsor throughout North America (NHL).      In Toronto, Neil Campbell reports that the new format,     reflecting the international theme of the season, "will     likely be a one-year wonder."  NHL Senior VP Steve Solomon:     "We're looking at a one-year event" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/16).            OLYMPIC EFFORT: NHL participation in the Olympics and     the efforts of Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHLPA Exec Dir Bob     Goodenow and IIHF President Rene Fasel to gain approval for     the plan, are featured by Joe Lapointe of the N.Y. TIMES     under the header, "The N.H.L.'s Olympic Gamble: Stars     Participation in Nagano Could Raise Sport's Profile."      Lapointe: "When the Olympics arrive, the league will shut     down for 17 days, an unprecedented hiatus that entails     numerous calculated business risks.  With the Olympic hockey     games regulated to late-night [TV], with the national teams     hastily thrown together, and with the fans back home without     their regular N.H.L. teams to follow, the whole plan could     backfire and be remembered as another slip on the ice for a     sport that never seems to find as broad an audience in the     United States as its big-league competition."  Bettman:     "We're going to get exposure like the world has never seen     for hockey.  This is about 120-plus of the world's elite     hockey players playing for pride and playing for their     countries.  It will give us a tournament of high magnitude.      It will be quite compelling" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/16).           NOTES: In N.Y., Larry Brooks wrote about "rumors that     the league is attempting to apply some pressure on Disney"     to sign holdout Paul Kariya of the Mighty Ducks "in order to     ensure that he'll be with" the team when it opens a two-game     series in Tokyo.  Brooks: "[W]e discount the veracity of     those reports. Disney is in the business of applying     pressure, not receiving it" (N.Y. POST, 9/14).  In Toronto,     Damien Cox interviews Bettman on a number of league issues,     including the Kariya talks.  Bettman: "The league doesn't     get involved in individual player-club negotiations.  But as     a practical matter, no particular players were promised, and     the games are sold out anyway" (TORONTO STAR, 9/16).