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Volume 24 No. 117
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          The "opening faceoff in the battle over the future of
     the NHL in Canada takes place today" in Ottawa, according to
     Mark Miller of the CALGARY SUN.  An "all-star team of
     ownership and league officials" are expected to make
     presentations to the House of Commons' subcommittee on the 
     study of sport in Canada.  NHL Board Chair and Flames co-
     Owner Harley Hotchkiss will "anchor the presentation group,"
     which includes NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and other team
     execs.  The subcommittee is to report to the House of
     Commons this fall with a "definitive" study on the financial
     impact of sports.  Miller writes the "main concern that
     prompted the committee is the tenuous existence of three of
     six Canadian NHL teams  -- Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa." 
     Bettman "created a storm of controversy earlier this month
     by suggesting that government may have a role to play in
     subsidizing those franchises through tax breaks" (CALGARY
     SUN, 4/28).  But Bettman told Red Fisher in Montreal, "I
     wasn't asking for tax breaks ... and I won't be asking for
     anything in Ottawa.  All I had in mind was to lay out the
     problems Canadian teams are facing.  That's what we'll be
     doing in Ottawa.  We're not asking for anything, but we do
     want them to understand what's going on" (GAZETTE, 4/28).