Canucks owners to court

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks' ownership dispute goes to trial three weeks after the regular hockey season concludes.

Lawyers for Tom Gaglardi and Ryan Beedie's Blue Line Hockey Acquisition Co. will face off in B.C. Supreme Court on April 30, 2007 against lawyers for Francesco Aquilini and John McCaw.

Madam Justice Catherine Wedge decided Nov. 21 that the trial would deal with liability. The amount of damages would be considered separately. She also denied Aquilini's request to postpone discovery of financial records.

Blue Line claims Aquilini was part of its bid for 100 per cent of the club and General Motors Place from McCaw. It also alleges Aquilini quit the partnership and secretly negotiated his own deal for 50 per cent in November 2004. Aquilini Investment Group bought the remaining 50 per cent earlier this month.

Blue Line wants the court to cancel Aquilini's purchase and grant it the right to buy the club and arena.


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