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          The NHL has formed a partnership with Family Ice
     Enterprises, LLC, an affiliate of Mentmore Holdings Company,
     on the development and construction of NHL Skate ice and in-
     line hockey facilities.  Family Ice Enterprises will have the
     exclusive right to develop NHL-themed ice and in-line
     facilities and entertainment centers in the U.S.  Mentmore
     Vice Chair William Remley said construction of the first
     rinks will begin this spring, with plans to develop more than
     100 rinks across the country.  The first two sites targeted
     for the development include Exeter, NH, and St. John, IN. 
     Plans for NHL Skate include two regulation-sized ice sheets
     with combined seating for 1,000 spectators, eight NHL-themed
     locker rooms, an NHL FANtasy zone, a food court and retail
     component.  Each facility will include programs for youths,
     adults, public skating, instructional programs and various
     NHL-themed events.  The league has named Mighty Ducks G Guy
     Hebert and U.S. women's gold medal winner Karyn Bye as
     spokespeople for the facilities.  Two NHL Skate facilities
     currently operate under separate owners.  The first opened in
     Birch Run, MI, in '97 and was developed via a licensing
     agreement with Signature Sports.  A facility in Danbury, CT,
     expected to open this fall, is being developed by Arc (NHL).
          MORE ICE, ICE, BABY: The facilities are expected to cost
     between $6-7M each and NHL Senior VP Steve Solomon said that
     Family Ice and the league will work together on potential
     sites: "We have certain hockey knowledge.  They have certain
     real estate knowledge.  In the final analysis, I think we'll
     mutually agree on sites."  Solomon said he was "hopeful we
     can get at least 10 [complexes] done in the next couple of
     years.  And from that, we'll be able to see how fast we can
     move to the next level" (Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 5/19).
          FRIENDS, NOT RIVALS: NHL Enterprises currently has a
     relationship with another Mentmore affiliate, Rival Sports,
     the company backed by the Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan, which
     designs and markets hockey branded apparel (NHL).