GENERAL: The Lightning will donate 10% of all ticket
revenue from their home opener October 1, to the Children's
Cancer Center in a tribute to Lightning C John Cullen who
was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last March
(Lightning)....In Seattle, Blaine Newnham wrote that drawing
3 million fans for the season "is a big deal," and that the
Mariners "will be close" to 3.2 million. Team President
Chuck Armstrong said that the team "will make money" for the
first time its 20-year history (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/25)....
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford, on the team's financial state:
"The situation isn't quite as bad as the perception. If we
draw 10,000, we'll lose about the same as we lost in
Hartford last season" (HARTFORD COURANT, 9/26).