Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
NHL on -four this evening No signs of confidence from any team WcdnoJay, April 5, 1972 THE LETH8RIDOE HERALD 9 By THE CANADIAN J'UKSS Eight National Hockey League teams movo inlo [layoff action toniglit will: u lot ot hope, some optimism 1ml not a shred of confidence shuwiiif! any- where. "I've learned in Ihu past tliat you never want lo fed you're in the driver's general manager Milt .Schmidt of Boston Bruins, pluy host to To- ronto Maple Leafs. 'Toronto has always been a good playoir team, "anil older guys likt Norm U 11 m a I'lantc and Bob Bami will instill plenty of desire in those kids." Montreal Canadicns e 1 i m i- nated the Uruins in Hie quarter- final last year and are regarded by some as having a chance lo do the same to New York Rangers this year, hut Canadiens coach Scotly Bow- uiaii is shying away from such predictions. "There are EO many factors said Bowman. are played in a hurried games in five nights-injuries lo contend with and I don't think anyone that makes predictions can base it cm sound judgment." And Minnesota North Stars, who were underdogs when they heat St. Louis Blues in lite quarter-final last year, arc fa- vored this time but won't admit it. "I don't know whether there !s such tiling as a favorite or Stan Fischler's Inside Hockey Bantam Reps hit .sidelines rriIE president of a National Hockey league East Division (earn faces an embarrassing situation if he continues to push his son for an executive spot on one the MIL'S_ new expansion clubs, according to reliable reports from the inner sanctum. NHL czar Clarence Campbell already foiled one such move when the governor in question tried to thrust his son onto Ihe hierarchy of either (lie Long Island or Atlanta clubs. Now, he's zeroing in on Kansas City which is certain to be admitted lo the NHL in 1974-75. The sources within the NHL hierarchy insist (hat a deal has hcen proposed to [rude the governor's vote in exchange for a scat for his son in the Kansas City club's front office. The president's son already has done some lobbying for him- self in Minnesota and Detroit but, so far, has been rebuffed If he ever docs get the job there'll be severe reverberations from New York to Montreal, al the very least. The MIL does not need such dual family tie-ins as it once did in the early fifties David Molson has told friends the real reason why he sold the Montreal Canadicns was that pressure on himself and his family had become unbearable. The pressure was not only exerted by Quebec Separatists but also certain English-Cana- dians. Molson suffered through several threats on his life and feared for the welfare of his family. "I leel like a marked he reportedly told a close friend while running the Canadiens. Much as he loved hockey and the Canadiens, the gifted young executive felt obliged to sell. The result of considerable in-fighting among hockey exe- cutives has left St. Louis Blues secretary and general counsel Jim Cullen by far the leading candidate lo succeed NHL President Campbell when Clarence retires, or is pushed from his throne. A 46-year-old attorney, the tall, handsome Cullen has been the Blues' alternate governor since St. Louis entered the NHL in 1967. Unobtrusively, Jim has gained the respect of tiie key NHL axis comprised of Bruce Norris Bill Wirtz (Chicago) and Harold Ballard which is more than any other candidate can claim. Just how long Campbell can hang on lo the job, now that he's approaching 67, is a moot question. Clarence makes no bones about the fact that he's like lo (lie in office wilh his boots on; but a few young Turks within the NHL high command would prefer someone 20 years younger; and an American. That man is Cullen. All the constructive work accomplished by California Golden Seals manager Garry Young may be obliterated by irascible Seals' owner Charles Finley, particularly if inley continues harassing Young. The batting here is that Charlio O will lose Young, Ihe most gifted young manager in pro hockey by May. Young's colleagues still arc raving about the deal Garry pulled with Boston, obtaining Rick Smith, Heg Leach and Bob Stewart for Carol Vadnais. "1 wouldn't trade Leach for Vadnais, said one g.m. Another NI1L manager said he wouldn't trade Rick Smith for Vadnais. Despite Young's amazing rebuilding job in California, Fin- ley has not only failed to appreciate the Toronto native but has constantly harassed Garry to the point of uller distrac- tion. It would he a pity for Oakland hockey if Young quits at. the end of this season but he is heading in that direction unless Finley reforms or, better still, sells the franchise. Philadelphia Flyers' coach Fred Shcro turned down a World Hockey Association offer lo coach in St. Paul Glen Sonmor wound up wilh tiie job and offered this reason: "I worked a long time to get into the NHL and I'm not about lo jump out now.1' Yet other NHL types appear poised, if not ready to make tiie jump. All Derek Sanderson wants is the Miami scream- ing Eagles contract instead of the Maimi screaming prom- ises. Cobby Hull had told friends that he's ready to jump out of Chicago and goalie Tony Esposito has given the WIIA his endorsement. "They have a lot of money backing said Tony, don't sec why they can'l That's precisely what Ihe NHL is worried about. KAMLOOPS Eric Wolfe rifled in three big goals and helped Richmond, B.C. eliminate Lethbridge A.C.T. Bantam Reps with a 4-3 deci- sion in "C" division play in the Kamloops Internaticcol Ban- tam Hockey Tournament Tues- day. Nine teams have now been eliminated from the 36-team tourney lhat opened last Fri- day and continues to this Fri flay. The teams reeled lo the side repeat winners CALGARY (CP) Red Deer Butlers downed Calgary Ca- nucks 5-1 Tuesday nighl and captured their third consecu- tive Alberta Junior Hockey League championship. Rusllers, who won Ihe Cana- dian Tier two junior champion- shi plasl year, look Ihe best-of- scven final series four games to one. They now play the win- ner of the British Columbia Ju- nior final series. Graham Parsons made the difference for the Rustlers, kicking out 50 Calgary shots, 18 in each of the first and third periods. Calgary's Frank Ep- stopped 27 drives, Tom Lindskog, his bro- Doug, Dale Bingham, I Kinch and Greg Scott shared the Red Deer scoring. Gary Kudryk got the only Calgary marker. A crowd of fans watch- ed Red Dser build period leads of 2-1 and 4-1. lines along wilh Ihe Lethbridgo club includes B.C. teams from Port Albcrni, Kelowna, Esqui- malt. Victoria, Cranbrook, Van- derhoof, Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie, Alia. Meanwhile Ihe stage is set tor the quarter finals of Iho championship round of Ihe Kamloops tourney. Burnaby Minor Hockey edged Coquitlam 3-2 in over- time Tuesday lo earn the final berth in Ihe A seclion playoffs. Kerry Gladson scored at of overtime lo put Burnaby in Ihe quarter-finals. In other A section games, Calgary Bantam Stampeders led Grande Prairie, 1 after two periods and then hung on for a 3-2 victory. In B section play, ttie federa- tion of Saskatchewan Indians dumped Port Albcrni 7-2 be- hind the four-goal effort o! Lyle- Acoosc. Comox came up inilh victory over Esquimau with Steve Jones scoring three goals for Comox. Weyhurn Comets scored five goals in the third period to de- feat Cranbrook, B.C., 5-1. Cran- brook was leading 1-0 going ,nto the third period. Briar scored three goals for the Saskatchewan team, 0 Prince George, B.C., took a 1-0 first period lead over Daw- sou Creek, B.C., and went on to win 2-1, In the C section. Quesnel. B.C., Bantam All stars took a 3-0 lead in the first period and coasted to a n-1 viclory over Kelowna, B.C. North Van- couver Minor Hockey Associa- tion doubled Victoria 4-2. Port- land, Ore., defeated Van tier- hoof, B.C., 6-4. The eigh teams that have qualified for the quarter-finals of the A section are Burnaby Minor Hockey, Calgary, Sar- ru'a. Out., Toronto, Melville, Sask., Vancouver North Shore. underdog in the said North Stars goalie Gump Wor- slcy. "It looks to me like we'll have a long, tough series with them. It's like starting a new season everybody's equal." Pittsburgh Penguins open against the Black Hawks in Chi- cago in the other bcst-of-sevcn quarter-final series tonight. Chicago. Minnesota. Boston and New York, the teams that finished highest in the regular season, have home-ice advan- tage for the first two games to- night and Thursday and for filth and seventh games, if neces- sary, April 11 and April 15 or 1C." The oilier leatus are al home for Ihe third and fourth games L Saturday and Sunday and lor a sixth game, if necessary, April J3. GOT AM INVITE' TO YOUNG JIM AM 10UR RELATIVES THE Y NEVER GIVE UP! John Davidson br West Division champions re- m I a spectively, are naturally const- j O O f p T OT1 VI 1 JJ g G dered strong favorites to whip d O L J.C1 1O LJ.'Ly HAWKS KAVOKKD Boston and Chicago, East and nt lie fourth-place Leafs and Pen-1 ;uins The other two series on the other hand, pitting second- and third-place (earns, are regarded is more likely to go the dis- tance. Even the fact that New York scored three wins and two ties Davidson blocked 51) other cake after picking up a loose shots as the Tigers fired If; in puck at centre ice when two the first period and 21 in the Tigers collided, lie walked in Mavbc it was the signs "David- third. Kookic Jerry Tliomcs alone ami Thomas clean- lly SULLIVAN' Herald Sports Writer MEDICINE HAT (Staff) son's a seive" lhat adorned. of Ihe Tigers blocked 22-of-23 ly. part of the Arena Convention Centre in Medicine Hat Tues- day night that raised the dan- der Calgary Centennial that came his way. Davidson was the game's Centennials, who led 1-0 and I first star while Horbul and 2-0 by periods, got solo mark- Cox were second and third crs from Jim Watson, Mike i slars respectively. against one loss over Montreal during the season, doesn't give the Rangers much edge, espe-! ,.._......_.......... daily with their star centre. I of showing Ihe explosive Medi-1 Medicine Hal goal after deflect- j on his own show against Re Jean Ralclle still out with an cine Hat Tigers' supporters j nlg a bluelinc shot by Rod Cox. gina. ankle injury. why he was the best goaltender Davidson got a piece ot the Swanson kicked out 43 shols goalie John Davidson's head. Rogers and Dom> Horbul. Jeff i Meanwhile Roger Swanson of Or maybe it was just his way Ablett was credited with the Flirt Flon Cumbers was putting Winnipeg East Boston Maiden. Kildonan and Times differ for playoffs MONTREAL (CP) The Stanley Cup playoffs, which slarl in four different cities- Boston, New York, Chicago and night, show a variety of game times. Ali four quarter-final series arc best-of-seven affairs. Series A, which pits Toronto Maple Leafs against the Bruins in Boston have the Wednesday and Thursday night contests scheduled to begin at p.m. MST. The clubs then swing back to Toronto for an p.m. MST I Saturday game atid p.m. 1 start to Sunday's fourth game. has Pittsburgh Penguins visit- ing Chicago Black Hawks Wednesday and Thursday nighls, both scheduled to begin at p.m. MST. The series swings back lo Pittsburgh for an p.m. MST Saturday con test and a p.m. MST star Sunday. The series D quarter-final round between St. Louis Blues and Minnesota North Stars is still lacking starting times for the third and fourth games. So far the Blues visit the North i Ha. "Because we haven't got (hat good a record against New York during HID season, you can't wrile a team off because of said Bowman. "I think it will be a well-contested series." Ratelle had the cast removed from his fractured ankle Tues- day but it's unlikely he'll he back before the end of the quarter-finals. The North Stars heat SI. Louis n four of six games this season ind Worsley counted three of he victories hut the veteran goalie says it will take more han his efforts to win in the "You have to depend on (he entire hockey club when you get nto the playoffs. Everybody's jot to cover (heir man. "You have to have a lot of back-checking. It becomes a cam effort. We're all hopin that we can combine all of this and give a good leam.effort." CHICAGO WON FIVK Chicago beat Pillshurgh five times and allowed the Penguins a tie in their sixtli regular schedule meeting while Boston won five and gave up one loss to Toronto. Despite Ihose lop-sided records, at least some of the Leafs and Penguins are a little defiant. "In a pig's was the reaction of Leaf coach King Clancy when a Boston reporter suggested Tuesday lhat the Bruins would win in five games. And Pittsburgh rookie Dave Burrows was nnworried that Chicago had finished 41 points ahead of the Penguins when he predicted: "They'll know they've been In the playoffs when we're fin- ished." The Blsck Hawks aren't argu- ing with Uurrows. "This isn't going lo be as easy as everybody seems to said Chicago centre btan in the Western Canada Hockey j nut H trickled across the League this past year. It doesn't really matter what his reasoning was, John David- son was brilliant and that was he story in panic four of Ihe >esl of seven quarter-final scries between the Centennials iind Tigers. A jam-packed crowd of -i.OOO watched Davidson perform. The series is all squared at 2 with the fifth game set tor Calgary Friday evening. goalline lo become the only blemish on an otherwise flaw- less performance Calgary got the nod on 10 nf 17 penalties in the game. Fight- ing majors went to Neil Melnyk of the Tigers anci Jim McMas- ters of the Centennials with II seconds left in the game. Bob Gasoff of the Tigers picked up lo give the Bombers a hard- foughl 53 win over the Pats in flegina and a 2-0 lead in that ler-finai. Bui in Saskatoon the Wheat Kings continued lo exhibit their inability lo play well on the road as the Blades humiliated Brandon 12-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Tiie three scries will resume ,ajor penal y for hooking in J l Ca[ the first period anrf Brandon is play- j -i Watson scored GasoiE lumsi? eame in WJnninec prison, year toil- was cooljng his (o Oif S? t ed with the Lethbridge Sugar Kings of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, frustrated Ihe j alu; h i( Tigers as Ihe Gas City club Mlind attempted to take a 3-1 lead in shot to elude the games. The onlv the Cents Ihe 5-0 opening peri- od lead. Watson got credit for it was de- as by Cox. I Centennial's second goal was a screened shot that Rogers before the lanky Calgarv goalie was a de- "Frf Past Thomas through Tigers' goalie could react. fected shot midway the final period. Horbul put the Icing on the 1. will try to wrap up their se- ries with New Westminster Bruins next Tuesday. In Regina Dave S h a r 1 o w scored a pair of goals and Swanson turned aside 43 shots to give the Bombers their two- game lead over the eastern divi- sion's regular schedule titlists. Stars Wednesday and Thursday nights, with both games set lo starting limes for the two club's Meanwhile, Montreal Cana- j start at p.m. MST. diens play their first two games The Saturday and Sunday in scries B Wednesday and Thursday night in New York against (he Rangers starting at p.m. and p.m. MST I respectively. The action swings "We're going to Have to worK hard and hope to avoid any Key injuries, just as we will against any other team in the series." Ilauks goalie Tony Ksposito oacK to Montreal for a pair of ,rhpre be a CBS lcicvision games Saturday anil Sum ay nighls- both with an p.m. Bamo camc" m "1C U S' each MST faccoff time. Sunday afternoon during the The West Division's scries playoffs. nt St. Louis are not known be- also endorsed the cautious ap- cause of possible television com- rnitments, an NHL spokesman said Tuesday. proach. "Pittsburgh had its best scor- ing season said fcsposlto, "They're known tor never quitting in a game, and just when you think you ve got them, they come hacK al you. I'm not taking this one lightly." I'wg badminton Everyone gets into act in China VEKINfJ (Renter) Sports arc booming in China. A visitor walking through Ihc city sees dozens of perma- nent ping-pong tahlcs around crowds of ymmg cliil- (Iron wait (o play olh- PTS, many nri morn Ilian 11 yr-ars old, display n rifvastal- ing sml icrh- niquc. Alongside are rows of bas- ketball courts, with at least one lone enthusiast to he seen al any time throwing practice shots. Behind them are the soccer fields, where there is invaria- bly an impromptu match in progress. At all the gates to the Tung- Ian Park, you can play a game of badminton. T3ic stone gateposts are situated at ex- actly the right width for a badminton court, with hooks for (he nets positioned at Ihe correct height and a roiirl iparkrri on', in whitp lines on the driveway, WKATHKR RE TURNED Enthusiasts bring their own net, racket and shuttle cocks and can play for as long as they like. Even on the bitter- est winter mornings, players arc busy practising. The enthusiasm for sport is nation-wide. Table tennis is the top favorite everywhere. with badminton coming up strongly and soccer particu- larly popular in Ihe south. Tlic enthusiasm, for sports after alt sporting activities ground lo a halt under official disapproval during Ihc cul- tural revolution is particularly sipnifirant for future intprna- lionsi mmpQlition, For the Chinese are particu- larly adept at learning a new sport and reaching world champion standard within a matter of a few years. China entered the world table tennis championships for the first time in 1957. Four years later, Ihey virtually swept (he hoard and took a stranglehold on world titles until 1965. Then Ilia: cultural revolution intervened and Chinese play- ers returned to the champion- ships last year for (he first rime since tVlTMOHEW1 rilOM Kir The Chinese withdrew from the International Olympic Committee in 1958, but the I.O.C. made clear last year tiiat the door is open for re- entry provided China applies. Jtadminton, loo, confirmed China's new status as a major international contender. 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