> ST. PAUL, Minn. (UPI) -- The National Hockey League will be
>looking over its shoulder next fall with the announcement Friday of
>a new pro hockey league that will compete on an international scale.
> Bill Hunter, who helped foster the now-defunct World Hockey
>Association, will head up the newly formed Continental Hockey
about last autumn in Winnipeg; no sign of Ted Turner and a TBS/
TNT deal centred around his own franchise. Oh well.
>off the ground in the 1970s.
have a trail of hotel and restaurant bills to show their investors.
>adjustments, is to begin play next fall.
>Miami, Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., and Saskatoon. There also will be
>a European division with teams in Barcelona, Milan, Vienna, Prague,
>Goteborg, Oslo and possibly Moscow.
> However, only three franchises were announced Friday -- the
>St. Paul franchise, owned by a group of businessmen headed by Patrick
>O'Halloran Sr.; the Saskatoon club, owned principally by Saskatoon
>businessmen Charles Hodgins, R. Neil Kerr and Joe Remai; and a team
>owned by Richard Gerry of Long Island, N.Y., who is expected to put
>the club in a southeastern U.S. city.
> Hodgins will serve as the chairman of the board, while Gerry
>will be the vice chairman, O'Halloran treasurer and Kerr the secretary.
>William Putnam of Pelham, N.H., a founder and former president of the
>Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Flames, was named executive director.
get off the ground, if at all. However, they've not made any kind of
outrageous pronouncements like the GHL when Michael Gobuty (hey, you
Winnipeggers, remember him?) & Co. were doing their song and dance con
job. The Europeans didn't bite then. I don't know if they will this
time. However, these guys do have track records and should be looked
at seriously; Gobuty was just riding on an expense account and a big
personal loan from Harold Ballard.
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Gary L. Dare