BOSTON - The Boston Bruins own the NHL's best home record. Now they know they'll have home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Augusta's previous hockey team shut down with ownership citing a lack of fan support. The Kerzners, who brought hockey back to town in October, are seeing similar attendance problems in the RiverHawks' inaugural season.
Augusta IceCaps? It could be. Well, the IceCap name might not come to town, but the hockey team that uses it might. The Raleigh (N.C.) Ice Caps, a franchise in the East Coast Hockey League, wants to move to Augusta and play in the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center by the 1998-99 season. Local officials said they wanted more information on the costs and benefits of building the ice floor the arena would need, but talk Tuesday was cautiously optimistic players could be checking each other into the boards by fall 1998.
Augusta is Georgia's second-largest city behind Atlanta. It is known around the world as the home of the Masters Tournament. Tens of thousands of golf fans visit the city for the prestigious event during the first week of April. But other events and attributes help define the city's character the rest of the year.
Augusta is known worldwide for its major golf scene. The same held true in 2006, but another kind of golf joined the Masters Tournament in bringing players and fans from around the world to Augusta.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan's top-ranked professional golfer at age 19, will speak at a private dinner for players and officials at the October Asian Amateur Championship.
For the special purpose local option sales tax to be included on the March presidential primary ballot, Augusta Commission members would have to agree on a projects list by Dec. 31. However, the residents committee that held town meetings on the tax is not expected to make recommendations to the commission until after the first of the year.
With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the East Coast Hockey League and the players' union well into a third month, the Professional Hockey Players Association played its trump card.
In Gladwyne, Pa., North Augusta's Darby Sligh advanced to match play in the U.S. Women's Amateur at Philadelphia Country Club.