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Whaler's Owner Visits Greensboro

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GREENSBORO — The fate of Raleigh's future in the worldof hockey might rest in the hands of a neighboring city. The owner of thehomeless Hartford Whalers visited Greensboro Wednesday to see that city'scoliseum.

Whalers' owner Peter Karmanos has narrowed his search for a new teamhome to two cities: Raleigh and Columbus, Ohio. While Raleigh hasplans to start construction on its new arena next month, andColumbus citizens will soon vote on a referendum to build an evenbigger one there, neither city has a completed site in which the NationalHockey League team could play.

Enter Greensboro.

Karmanos looked at the facility and said it would do nicely as aninterim site.

Karmanos would have to transform an old McDonnell Douglas manufacturingplant in Columbus, but he says other factors also come into play. He saidhe has no intention to pit Raleigh and Columbus against each other.

Karmanos says he will make his decision soon and that it won't be basedupon whether or not Columbus voters opt for the arena there.

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