Ice hockey outdoors proving a hot ticket

Posted: July 06, 2001

Ticket sales for an ice hockey game between Michigan State and Michigan to be played outdoors already have eclipsed the world record for the sport, Michigan State officials said yesterday.

In just eight business days, 56,100 tickets have been sold for the Oct. 6 game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, a game that has been dubbed the "Cold War." That eclipses the record of 55,000, set in 1957 in Moscow for the final of the world championships between the Soviet Union and Sweden.

Michigan State officials hope to sell out the stadium, the home of the Michigan State football team. It has a capacity of 72,027.

The ice rink, between the 20-yard lines, will have a surface frozen by a series of aluminum plates and chilled by a 281-ton refrigeration unit.


The New Jersey Devils signed free-agent defenseman Tommy Albelin and draft pick Andreas Salomonsson. Albelin, a member of the Devils' 1995 Stanley Cup championship team, collected a goal and 19 assists for Calgary last season. He had spent five-plus seasons with the Flames since being acquired from New Jersey in February 1996.

The Dallas Stars capped a busy week of retooling their roster by signing left winger Valeri Kamensky, who had been waived by the New York Rangers.

Kamensky, 35, is coming off two disappointing seasons in New York, having registering only 66 points in 123 games. He collected 14 goals and 20 assists in 65 games last season.

Other newcomers to Dallas this week are free agents Pierre Turgeon, Donald Audette and Rob DiMaio. The Stars have moved away from re-signing Brett Hull and Mike Keane.

The New York Islanders signed Ken Sutton away from the New Jersey Devils, agreeing to a two-year contract with the 31-year-old defenseman.

Sutton had only one goal and seven assists in 53 regular-season games, but made a significant contribution during this year's playoffs.

He filled in for the injured Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey's top defenseman, who was sidelined after being elbowed in the head by Toronto's Tie Domi.

Elsewhere: Free-agent defenseman Mike Wilson, who missed most of last season with Florida because of a shoulder injury, signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. . . . The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed center Alex Zhamnov and defenseman Chris McAlpine. . . . Free-agent center Mike Sillinger signed a three-year, $5.5 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. . . . The Trenton Titans signed defenseman Steve O'Brien and former Princeton forward Kirk Lamb.

Horse racing

Monarchos, this year's Kentucky Derby winner, has a fractured bone in his right knee.

The injury was disclosed by trainer John Ward, who said that the 3-year-old colt could be out of training for up to 60 days but might be able to race in the Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.


Copa America will be held July 11 through 29 in Colombia as originally scheduled, soccer officials said, reversing a decision to postpone the tournament until next year because of security concerns in the war-ravaged nation.

Nicolas Leoz, president of the South American Soccer Confederation, said that Argentina is saying that it will not participate in the three-week tournament, soccer's oldest international championship.

Pro football

The New England Patriots signed T.J. Turner, the former Michigan State linebacker they picked in the seventh round of the draft. Terms were not disclosed.

Cornerback Ben Kelly of the Miami Dolphins was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after his sport utility vehicle struck a parked Miami-Dade police car along a Florida highway.

Kelly was arrested Wednesday after his SUV hit the cruiser at 6:30 a.m. on the southbound side of the Palmetto Expressway, a police spokeswoman said.


The NCAA women's basketball tournament will get more airtime as the result of an 11-year, $200 million television rights deal with ESPN.

Beginning in 2003, ESPN will televise all 63 tournament games - almost three times as many as the minimum of 23 under the last contract. It will televise first- and second-round games on ESPN and ESPN2 on a regional basis and will make out-of-market games available in a pay-per-view package. Starting with the regional semifinals, all games will be televised nationally.

Meghan Bolger was promoted to head coach of the women's golf team at the University of Mississippi, athletic director John Shafer announced.

Bolger, who was an assistant last season, replaced Keil Purdom, who resigned in June.

Bolger is a 1996 graduate of Eastern High in Voorhees, Camden County.

Two crews from Harvard advanced another round in the Temple Cup university competition at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England. Both crews from Dartmouth lost - one to a Harvard crew - in the competition for men's eights.

The Chicago Tribune reported that point guard Sean Dockery, an Illinois all-stater as a junior at Julian High, has made an oral commitment to Duke.


DeShawn Stevenson, a rookie with the Utah Jazz last season, is scheduled to be arraigned on statutory rape charges today in Fresno, Calif., after allegedly admitting he had sex with a 14-year-old girl.

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