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Hockey Heating Up

from CNN/Money,
Can the NHL go from being No Hockey League for the past 15 months to being the Now Hot League? The question isn't as ridiculous as it seems. When the puck drops next week for the first National Hockey League regular-season game in more than a year, the league will be playing before sell-out crowds, with strong ticket sales in the bank and a new cable network partner that actually values the sport as a key property, rather than an afterthought. Susan Cohig, the league's vice president of strategic development, says 23 of the 30 teams have had 90 percent or more of their 2003-04 season ticket holders renew their ticket packages. Two years ago, only eight clubs had that renewal rate heading into the season. In addition, a third of the teams are reporting at least 2,000 new season tickets, and single-game ticket sales are also well ahead of this point two years ago. "We thought very much we would come back very strong," said Cohig. "Did we think we'd come back this strong? No."

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