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Celine Dion, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and Quebec cable giant Quebecor Media have emerged as potential bidders for the NHL's Montreal Canadiens.

Quebec broadcaster Radio-Canada said Wednesday that the Bank of Montreal has signed confidentiality agreements with 10 potential suitors who have until today to submit formal bids to 80% majority owner George Gillett, a Denver-based sports-team and events promoter.

Other interested parties include U.S. investment firm Spectrum Equity; Montreal businessman Stephen Bronfman of Claridge Investments, a cousin of WMG chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr.; and the Caisse de depot et placement, a provincial pension-fund giant.

In addition to picking up the hockey team, a Canadiens buyer would acquire the Bell Centre arena in Montreal and a concert-promotion division. (partialdiff)
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