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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Playoffs open on four fronts this evening Sabres are not just youngsters MONTREAL (CP) Throughout the National Hockey League season, a great deal of attention was paid to the younger players on Buffalo Sa- bres and their role in helping the third year club into the Stanley Cup playoffs. And while coach Joe Crozier Is happy to have Rick Martin, Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert with his club, he is also pretty glad to have a defen- ceman by the name of Tracy Pratt on his roster. "Prattsie has contributed as much or more than anyone else on the team this Cro- zier said on the eve of tonights' opening game of the Stanley Cup quarter-final series here against Montreal Canadiens. "He's one of the main reasons we have the second best record in killing power plays (35 goals against in 241 shorthanded situ- ations) and he has the best plus-minus on the team." Pratt, the son of former To- ronto Maple Leaf star Babe Pratt, won Orozier's unqualified admiration in last week's hard- hitting game against Phila- delphia Flyers. "He shouldn't even have been said Crozier. "He had run into a goalpost in the pre- vious game against the Island- ers and he could hardly walk. "Still he goes out there and fights (Dave) Schultz, then (Don) Saleski and then Schullz again If I'd had a bill on me behind the bench, I, would have given it to him on the spot." In the meantime the New York Rangers' "hidden" workouts have been about as closed to prying eyes as a big-city bur- lesque show. Emile Francis, major-domo of the Ranger organization, took his team to Fitchburg, Mass., about 70 miles northwest of bare, to prepare for tonight's National Hockey League quar- ter-final series opener at Boston Garden. It was Francis' intention to hide his stalwarts from fans and hockey writers, but the Rangers had no sooner settled into their hideaway motel than one of the New York entourage sidled up to Francis and asked: "Emile, did you see that wel- come sign? It's plastered all over the marquee out front." Francis' response was unprin- table. Unlike the Bruins, who will provide New York's first-round opposition starting at p.m. MST, the Rangers are hurting. On defence, under-rated Rod Selling is out for the season with a smashed collarbone and Brad Park and Jim Neilson are operating on lame legs after having missed a combined total of 50 games during the season. Many observers feel the loss of Selling will be instrumental in New York's early demise from the post-season games. Chicago Black Hawks have high hopes for a Stanley Cup quarter-final victory over St. Louis Blues, based on their third straight National Hockey League West Division season title. But the Hawks have yet to show the Blues they are the su- perior club as they start the first game of their best-of-seven round tonight at Chicago. Although the Blues barely made the playoffs, finishing fourth in the West, they split six regular-season games with the Hawks. More significaitly, they stopped being a patsy in Chi- cago Stadium, twice winning on the ice where they went winless five previous seasons. Hawks coach Billy Reay says he isn't underestimating the Blues' ability. "Do you realize the Blues had a very good second-half record probably as good as anybody in our said Reay. "There is no such thing as an easy series, and no way I can keep from worrying about the Blues." In the other West Division playoff, Minnesota North Stars face the Flyers in Philadelphia, also starting tonight. Claims he had million collateral Scallen denies misusing money VANCOUVER (CP) Van- couver Canucks' boss Tom Seal' len told a British Columbia Su- preme Court jury Tuesday that S3 million transferred from Northwest Sports Enterprises Ltd. was secured by collateral of million. Scallen was testifying in his trial on charges that he stole million from Northwest Sports by converting it to the use of Medical Investment Corp. Ltd. (Medicor) of Minneapolis. He is also cterked with publishing false prospectus with intent to induce the public to purchase shares in Northwest Sports. Scallen is president of both companies. Northwest Sports owns the Canucks and Medicor controls Northwest through a 60-per-cent stock holding. Scallen testified that at the time an underwriting of the Northwest Sports' shares was closed, be had no intention of using the money gamed from it to repay a Medicor debt. He fold his defence counsel, Walter Wifliston, that he had read a paragraph in the North- west Sports' stock prospectus on the'use of the proceeds gained in the stock offering before signing the prospectus on Nov. 13, 1970. Asked if the statement in the use of proceeds section was true, Scallen replied, "It was certainly true to the best of my knowledge and belief." Asked if at the time he signed it he intended to use the pro- ceeds to relieve any in- debtedness to the Walter Heller Co. la Chicago, Scallen replied, "No, sir." He also said the reason the money was moved from Van- couver through a Medicor suV Bank of the South Pacific ajnd Trust Co. in San because a Medicor vice-president had sug- gested it might help the bank in a possible future underwriting. Scallen said that after i cheque for the proceeds of the NHL players display alarm TORONTO (CP) The Na- tional Hockey League Players' Association has reacted with alarm at reports that represen- tatives of teams in the league and the World Hockey Associ- ation have started informal talks on the possibility of a merger. Alan Eagleson, NHLPA exec- utive director, said Tuesday the unprecedented salary increases prompted by competition for talent between the NHL and WHA was one of the main rea- sons the association will fight any merger. "It's a heyday for players and I want to keep it that way if I Eagleson told a news conference soon after reports of the merger talks became pub- lic. Some merger talks took place in New York last weekend and NHL president Clarence Camp- bell said he knew about the meeting but it had no official status as far as his league was concerned- Eagleson said Bill Jennings of the NHL New York Rangers and Ben Hatskin of the WHA Winnipeg Jets participated in the talks. "I've spoken with Jennings and he admitted he's a driving said Eagleson Tuesday. "He acknowledged that things have happened. I'm satisfied that a group within the NHL owners have discussed a merger. I am absolutely certain it was not a league action." Hatskin denied the reports Tuesday and Jennings was not available for comment. Eagleson said he and the NHL players were also con- cerned that a merger could wipe out current negotiations with the NHL towards modi- fication of the NHL reserve clause. The reserve clause binds a player to one team for He un- less he is sold or traded. Eagle- son said modifications proposed would allow some players to move to other teams after five years, but he said the modified clause will probably be rejected by 75 per cent of the players who now are voting on it. "We have already consulted anti-trust counsel in Washington and I will be meeting with them this Eagleson said. "It is our intention to follow the example of basketball in their fight against the proposed merger of the National Basket- ball Association and the Ameri- can Basketball Association." Spud League kings The lethbridge Midget "B" Colts won the litrte Spud Lewis, Rob Melvin, Ron Ausfring, Rod Olshaslci, Cam league title this year. The new champs are, front row, McLennan, Richard Shardlow. and trainer Don McLennan, left to right, coach Alberta Bourassa, Michel Dumont, Back, left to right. Bob Quinell, Peter Wervrzel, Jonathan Greg Kveder, Ric Johnson, Mike Bryant and Brian Mai- Layng, Bill Zarooben, Dave Jackson and Randy Wat- acko. Centre, left to right, manager Jim Watmowgh, Greg mough. JVot even sure where they tvul play Where to now for Nationals? OTTAWA (CP) The web in the Ottawa Nationals are tangled became even more complex Tuesday, as their play- off move to Toronto bung fire. Monday night, it seemed con- finned that the World Hockey Association dub wouM play their quarter-final series against New England Whalers out of Ottawa. Toronto and Maple Leaf Gar- dens confirmed as the site early Tuesday, bat almost im- mediately, cnrapMcations arose. Club president Dong _Michel said his team and equipment were sent to Toronto Tuesday aflcr.xxm, with ice time re- served in the Gardens for this morning. He said X'icfc Trbcrvich, iihs club owner, was ready to sign the documents committing the Nats to playing in Toronto. But Tuesday afternoon, Michel appeared before the city advisory committee oa parks and more twists were added to the puzzle. The Nationals' home ice has been the Civic Centre, an arena run by the Central Canada Ex- hibition Association POSTED BOXD The dub posted a performance bond last year, a guarantee for the CCEA that they would receive a minimum payment for each of the 36 home games. To date, some has been taken from that bond, as the OCEA's portion was deduc- ted after each game in which attendance did not reach the Nat's break-even point of The club was to have posted the bond for next sea- son March IS, but by then, the city had given notice it was tak- ing over the CCEA's responsi- bility for the arena May 1. The Nationals did not post the bond on time because, in Michel's words: "We didn't know who our landlord was." Posting the bond has become a bone of contention with the team's management. At the advisory council meet- ing Tuesday, Michel explained the team position. LIFTED BOND At that meeting. Mayor Pierre Benoit removed one stumMing block by offering to waive the bond two conditions. He wants the team to hold their playoff games in Ottawa and commit themselves to play- ing here next season. In addition, be offered the Na- j tionals a rental contract similar to that extended the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey Associ- ation. That agreement calls for a rental of a game or 13 per cent of the gate receipts, whichever is higher. Michel said he would commu- nicate the offers to Trbovich, who meanwhile, bad returned to his Buffalo, N.Y. home without signing any documents in To- ronto. Earlier in the day, Bin Bal- lard, vice-president of Maple Leaf Gardens said he and Trbcrvidi were as close agreement "as two business- men can be to bring the Nation- als to Toronto for the playoffs and next year." "If they Just want the play- offs here they can have them. but it's obviously beWer if they move teem here for next year.'1 stock underwriting was re- ceived, he went to a Royal Bank official in Vancouver to ask at what rate interest would be received. He said he was told the Mer- est would be a little over six per cent if the money was left in the bank for a year and 5te per cent if it was left from three to six months. Scallen said Northwest Sports was required to pay 8% per cent annually to holders of million in subordinated deben- tures which formed part of the stock underwriting. CONCERN ABOUT RETURNS "I was very disturbed by the rate of return on this in- Scallen said. "So we told the Royal Bank we were putting it in the bank but were probably going to see if we could get a better rate somewhere else." He said if the debenture money was not reinvested, it would cost Northwest Sports million a year in interest. Scallen said he then consulted with Wendell Ellis', then Medi- cor's vice-president for finance, to find out bow the money should be invested and to ex- press bis concern at the interest rate on the money. "Our intention was to use the money to pay for Holiday on Ice (an ice show) and I knew it would be some months before that would be he said. Wednesday, April 4, 1973 THE UTHBRIOCE HERALD Double trouble Six-year-old steeplechaser Royal Rudolph doubles up as he crashes into the ground Tuesday during English race. The horse survived the fall but jockey Chris Dexter wat hospitalized with a broken collar bone and c concussion. SAJHL crown, on the line Elks seek title Friday The Lethbridge Midget Elks will be out to capture their sec- ond big title of the 1972-73 sea- son when they play host to the Strathmore Colts Friday night. The Elks, winners of the south division and the Colts, winners of the north division will meet for the final game of the two-game total-goal South- ern Alberta Juvenile Hockey League championship playoff series. The series Js currently dead- locked as the two clubs battled to a 7-7 stalemate in the open- ing match. Game time is slated for p.m. at the Civic Ice Centre. Meanwhile the Elks, are still fresh after winning the Alberta Midget "A" champion- ship title in Red Deer last Sat- urday, will probably face then1 biggest test of the season early next week. Elks will face the Alberta! Midget "AA" champions in a two-game total-goal series for tee right to represent the prov- ince in the Prince Edward Is- land Midget Centennial Tour- nament to be held Apr. 13-18 in Summerside, P.E.L Edmonton and Calgary are currently fighting it out for the provincial midget "AA" title. Should Edmonton win the title, the Elks will travel to capital city for the first match of the two-game total-goal ser- ies Monday. On the other hand, If Calgary should be the victors in their series, the Elks will travel to Calgary for the opening Tuesday night. In either case, the second and final match of the "A" series mil be staged io Lethbridge Apr. 11. 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