NHL HOPING EVERYONE HAS A FAN-TASTIC TIME IN VANCOUVER
The NHL "hopes to draw about 50,000 fans" to the
Pinnacle.NHL FANtasy "interactive hockey theme park" at the
Pacific Coliseum, according to John MacKie of the VANCOUVER
SUN. The exhibition takes up 250,000-square-feet of space
in five Pacific National Exhibition buildings. Interactive
displays allow fans to test their goaltending skills, clock
their slapshot or test their stickhandling ability. MacKie
wrote that the "biggest lure" is getting your photo taken
with the Stanley Cup for $5, or free with your own camera
(VANCOUVER SUN, 1/15). The PROVINCE's Paul Chapman reported
that sales from the '98 FANtasy "have already surpassed"
sales from events in Boston and San Jose. Chapman: "No
matter how crazy they got in San Jose's Shark Tank, there's
no mistaking Vancouver is a hockey town" (PROVINCE, 1/14).
HOT SHOT: Wayne King, a 37-year-old electronics
technician from Dayton, OH, will have the chance to win $5M
in the Norelco/NHL SuperSkills $5 Million Challenge. King
will take four shots at four targets in eight seconds. For
each target he hits, he will win $1M. If he hits all four,
he wins $5M. The event will take place during ESPN's "All-
Star Saturday" Skills Competition (Norelco).