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Flames’ Ticket Drive Falling Short

June 19, 2000

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ The Calgary Flames must sell more than 100 season tickets a day for the rest of the month next to keep the NHL franchise in town.

However, team officials hope that the NHL draft being held in Calgary this week will help get the urgent message across to fans.

``Hopefully we can use that as a soap box for us,″ Flames spokesman Peter Hanlon said of the four-day event, expected to bring more than $5 million in economic spinoffs and 4,000 people to the city.

By Sunday night, the Flames were still 1,371 season tickets short of their goal to have 14,000 sold by June 30.

Flames owners have said they will put the club up for sale if the goal is not met by the deadline.

``We’re very optimistic we can make the ticket part of the solution,″ Hanlon said. ``But there’s a lot of work between now and then to achieve that.″

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