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Saturday

Games lost: 9, total 163.

Games canceled: 52.

Negotiating session: No.

Next negotiating session: This week, no details.

Exhibitions roll

Without the NHL's blessing, locked-out players are competing in a series of exhibition games.

Such headliners as Paul Coffey and Sergei Fedorov of the Detroit Red Wings and Doug Gilmour of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be part of an NHL "all-star" team playing the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League tonight. The game will raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation, a group for terminally ill children. It was organized by Detroit's Dino Ciccarelli and Shawn Burr, who are part-owners of the Sting.

Another charity exhibition game is scheduled next Sunday at Belleville, Ontario, with a team of NHL players meeting the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. Marty McSorley, a former Belleville player with the Los Angeles Kings, is recruiting players for the game.

From Finland ...

Teemu Selanne had two assists as Finnish league leaders Jokerit Helsinki beat third-place Assat Pori 3-1. The Winnipeg Jets' forward, who tied for the NHL goal-scoring title in 1993, has yet to score a goal after four games for his old club.

Christian Ruuttu of the Chicago Blackhawks and Esa Tikkanen of the St. Louis Blues each scored a goal as second-place Helsinki IFK beat Tappara 5-2. Tikkanen also had an assist.

In a game with the league's two American NHL players, TuTo of Turku beat Kiekko-Espoo 1-0. TuTo has won both games in which Boston forward Ted Donato played. Donato went pointless, as did Kiekko-Espoo's Shawn McEachern, a forward from Pittsburgh.

LaFontaine digs

Buffalo Sabres star Pat LaFontaine finally saw some action Friday, turning over a spadeful of dirt at the site of the new Crossroads Arena in Buffalo. He joined Sabres owner Seymour Knox III and local officials in the latest in a series of groundbreakings for the long-delayed $122.5-million facility.

Owners lead

Thirty-seven percent of 1,503 Canadians surveyed from Oct. 19-23 said they support the owners' position in the labor dispute, while 19 percent sided with the players, the Angus Reid polling company said.

The company said 34 percent declined to back either side, 3 percent backed both sides and 7 percent were undecided.

_ TIMES WIRES

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