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Bettman: NHL growing despite declining economy

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The NHL is "still in growth mode" despite the economic downturn, commissioner Gary Bettman said yesterday, noting that ticket sales have increased this season. "We're acutely aware of what's going on out there, but it hasn't yet impacted us," Bettman said before attending last night's game between the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks. "I have no doubt that, over time, if it's long enough and bad enough, it will have some impact, but based on what we're seeing right now, our business seems to be strong." Season-ticket sales are 4 percent higher than a year ago, and single-game tickets...

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