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Owners Plan Building Ice Center for Team

May 23, 1996

PHOENIX (AP) _ There are ambitious plans in Phoenix for the NHL Winnipeg Jets, who will relocate there next season. And it goes beyond changing the team name to the Coyotes.

Co-owners Richard Burke and Steven Gluckstern are planning new team colors and logo, and a new building in an area strapped for hockey facilities.

``We’re going to build our own place, with both the practice and training facilities the team requires,″ Burke said. ``It’ll be a two-ice sheet facility so there will be plenty of extra ice that we will make available to the community.″

However, the site has yet to be determined, and the Coyotes will have to train somewhere else for at least the 1996-97 season.

The temporary facility probably will be Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which the Coyotes would have to share with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the International Hockey League. The Roadrunners play their home games in the coliseum, but the Coyotes will play at America West Arena.

Burke said there has been discussion with the investor group which recently announced plans to take over the Coliseum and the Roadrunners with financial backing from the Ak-Chin Indian Community about 30 miles southeast of Phoenix.

The Ak-Chin Community also has plans for a public two ice-sheet complex.

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