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Tim Hortons, Flames find grounds for separation

BILL KAUFMANN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

While the chase for one hockey-related cup continues at the Pengrowth Saddledome, the pursuit of another is ending.

Tim Hortons' two kiosks at the Pengrowth Saddledome will serve their last coffee and doughnuts later this week, said company spokeswoman Rachel Douglas.

"Our contract with the Calgary Flames expired and we just couldn't reach an agreement that was satisfactory to both of us," said Douglas.

She acknowledged hockey's ties to the refreshment giant that operates more than 3,000 outlets in North America run deep, starting with co-founder Tim Horton, who played on four NHL teams over 24 years.

Until 2001, chain co-founder Ron Joyce was also an owner of the Calgary Flames.

"We have such a rich history with hockey," said Douglas.

The company will continue sponsorship activities with the Flames-owned Calgary Hitmen, Douglas added.

"It goes beyond the kiosks," she said.

The announcement of a 'Dome replacement for Tim Hortons is pending. Flames officials wouldn't comment on the coffee-shift change.


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