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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta NIIL phiyoffs open on four fronts this evening No signs of confidence from any team Wcdneicfay, ApiM 5, 1972 THE LETH8RIDGE HERALD 9 lly THE CANADIAN I'FIUSS Eight N n I i o n n I Hockey League Ic.ims move inln playoll action tonight will: u lot o[ liope, some optimism lint not a shred of coiifiitencc any- where. "I've learned in Hie past tliat you never waul lo lee] you're in the driver's said general manager Milt Schmidt of. Boston Bruins. pluy lioil to To- ronto Leafs. "Torurijo has always been a good pUyj't (cam, 'anil older guys lik'.- Norm II11 m a Jacque- i'lantc and Del) Bann will instill plenty o[ desire in those ki'ls." Montreal Canadicns e 1 i m i- nalcil Hie Uruins in Hie quarter- final to year and ore regarded hy some as liiiviny a (jwicl chance (o do Hie same to rv'ew York Hangers this year, but Canadiens coach Scolly Bow- man is shying away from such predictions. "There are to many factors involved." said Bowman. "Games arc played in a liurriecl games in five nifilsls- injuries lo contend with ami I don't think anyone that makes predictions can it on sound judgment." And Minnesota Nrrlii Slavs, who were underdogs when they heat St. Loins Blues in Ihc last year, arc fa- vored this lime hut won't admit it. "T don't know whether there is such a tiling ns a favorite or Stem, Bantam Reps hit sidelines Inside Hockey rriIE president of a National Hockey East Division team faces an embarrassing situation if he conlinnes to push Iris 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 lo thrust his son onto the hierarchy of either (lie Long Island or Allanta qlubs. Now, he's zeroing in on Kansas City which is certain lo be admitted to the NHL in 1974-75. The sources within Ihe NHL hierarchy insist (hat a deal has been proposed to trade the governor's voic in exchange for a scat for his .inn 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, bo far, has been rebuffed If he ever docs get [lie job there'll be severe rererberalioiis Irom New York lo Montreal, at the very least. The NIIL docs not need such dual family tie-ins as it once did in Ihc early fiflies if David Molson has told friends the real reason why he sold the Montreal Canadicns was that pressure on himscU and his family had become unbearable. The pressure was not only exerted liy Quebec Separatists but also certain English-Cana- dians. Molson suffered through several threats on his life and [cared for Ihe welfare of his family. "I feel like a marked he reportedly told a elose friend while running the Canadiens, Much as he loved hockey and Ihc Canadiens, the gifted young executive felt obliged lo 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 MIL President Campbell when Clarence retires, or is pushed from his throne. A 46-year-old attorney, the tall, handsome Cullen has been the nines' alternate governor since St. tails entered the NHL in 1967. Unobtrusively, Jim has gained the respect of the key NHL axis comprised of Bruce Nerds Bill Wirtz (Chicago) and Harold Ballard which is more than any other candidate can claim. Just how long Campbell can hang on to Ihe job, now that he's approaching 67, is a moot question. Clarence makes no bones about the fact that he's like to die in office wilh his boots on; but a few young Turks >vilhjn the NHL high command would prefer someone 20 years younger; and an American. That man is Cullen. All (lie constniclive 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 belling 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 Ihe deal Garry pulled with Boston, obtaining nick Smith, HcfJ Leach and Bob Stewart lor Carol Vadnais. "I wouldn't trade Leach for Vadnais, snid one g.m. Another NIIL manager said he wouldn't trade nick 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 lo the point of idler distrac- tion. It would be a pity for Oakland hockey if Young quits at. the end of Ibis season but he is heading in that direction unless I'inley reforms or, better still, soils the franchise. Philadelphia Fivers' coach Krcrl Shcro turned down a World Hockey Association offer to coach in St. Paul Glen Sonmnr wound up wilh tlie job and offered this reason: "I worked a long time lo get into the NHL and I'm not about to jump out now." Yet other NIIL types appear poised, if not ready lo make the jump. All Derek Sanderson wants is the Miami scream- ing Eagles contract instead of the Maimi screaming prom- ises. Bobby Hull had told friends that he's ready to jump out of Chicago and goalie Tony Esposilo has given the WIIA his endorsement. "They liave n lot of motley hacking said ''I don't see why they can't he That's precisely what Ihe NIIL is worried about. KAMLOOPS Wolfe rifled in three big goals and helped Jiiclimontl, H.C, eliminate I.elhbridgc A.C.T. Bantam Reps with a 4-3 deci- sion in "C" division play in the Kamloops International Ban- lam Hockey Tournament Tues- day. Nine teams have now been eliminated from the tourney (hat opened last Fri- day and continues lo this Fri- day. The teams reeled lo the side- lines along wilh Ihe Lelhbridgo club includes B.C. teams from Port Alberni, Kelowna, Esqui- mau, Victoria, Cranbrook, Van- iunderdog in Die said North Stars goalie Gump slcy. "It looks to me like we'll have 1 a luntf, lough series wilh llietn. It's like starling a new season i equal." Pittsburgh Penguins open against the Black Hawks in Chi- cago in the oilier hosl-of-scvcn qufiftCT-fiual series lonighl. 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 i and seventh games, if neces- I sai-y, April 11 and April 15 or HI. The oilier learns are al home for Ihc third and fourth games Saturday and Sunday and for a .sixlh game, if necessary, April I J3. GOT AH INVITE' TO VOUS5 JIM AM1 SVW FOR RELATIVES THE Y NEVER GIVE UP.' -ThE LAST CALL FOR. repeat winners CALGARY (CP) Red Deer downed Calgary Ca- nucks 51 Tuesday night and captured their third consecu- tive Alberta Junior Hockey League championship. Rustlers, who won the Cana- dian Tier two junior champion- shi plasl year, Look the best-of- seven final series four games to one. They now play the win- ner of the British Columbia Ju- nior final scries. Graham Parsons made the difference for tile Rustlers, kicking out 50 Calgary shots, 18 in each of the first and third periods. Calgary's Frank Ep- pich stopped 27 drives, Tom Lindskog, his bro- Doug, Dale Bingham, Reg Kinch and Greg Scott shared the lied Deer scoring. Gary Kudryk got the only Calgary marker. A croM-d of fans watch- ed Red Dser build period leads of 2-1 and 4-1. derhoof, Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie, Alia. Meanwhile the stage is set Cor the quarter finals of Iho championship round of the Kamloops tourney. Burnaby Minor Hockey edged Coquitlam 3-2 in over- time Tuesday lo earn the final berth in the A section playoffs. Kerry Gladson scored at ol overtime to put Burnaby in the quarter-finals. In other A section games, Calgary Bantam Stampeders led Grande Prairie, :i 1 after two periods and then hung on for a 32 victory. In H section play, the federa- tion of Saskatchewan Indians diunpcd Port Albcrni 7-2 be- hind Ihc four-goal effort of Lylc Acoose. Como.x came up inilh a 7-5 victory over Esquimau with Sieve Jones scoring three goals for Coinox. Weyhurn Comets scored five goals in the third period to de- feat Cranbrook, B.C., 5-1. Cran- brook was leading 1-0 going into the third period. Brian Hill scored three goals for the Saskatchewan team, 0 Prince George, B.C., took a I-D first period lead over Daw- sou Creek, B.C., and went on to win 2-1, In the C section. Quesuel. B.C., Bantam All stars took a 3-0 lead in the first period and coasted Lo a a-1 viclory over Kelowna, B.C. North Van- couver Minor Hockey Associa- tion doubled Victoria 4-2. Port- land, Ore., defeated Vander- hoof, B.C., 6-4. The eigh learns that have qualified for the quarler-finals of the A section are Burnaby Minor Hockey, Calgary, Sar- nia. Out., Toronto, Melville, Sask., Vancouver NorLh Shore. Winnipeg East Kildonan and Boston Maiden. HltUINS, HAWKS KAVOUr.D Boston and Chicago, East and West Division champions re spcctLvcly, are naturally consi- dered strong favorites lo I the fourth-place Leafs and Ten- j guins. The otlicr hvo series on the other hand, pktinrr, second- and third-place teams, are regarded as more likely lo go the dis- tance. Even the fact that New York scored three wins and two ties against one loss over Montreal during the season, doesn't give the Rangers much edge, cially wilh Ihcir slar cenlre. John Davidson .brilliant as Centennials tie series I'AT SULLIVAN' Herald Sporls Writer MEDICINE HAT (Staff) Davidson Mocked 50 mhL'r cake alti-r pii'kme up a loose shots as the Tigers lued u; in puck at centre ice when two the first period and 21 in the Tigers cnllidcd. He walked iti Maybe it was Ihe signs "David- third. Jtoukic Jerry Tliomcs alone and Thomas clean- that adorned of the Tipnr.s blocked 22-ol-25 ly. that came his way. Davidson (he games Centennials, who led l-Q and i first siar while Horbul and 2-0 by periods, gol solo mark-1 Cox were sonmd and third pon .s n scivc part of tlie Arena Convent ioi! Centre in Medicine Hat Tues- day night thai raised the dan- der Calgary Centennial goalie John Davidson's head. Hak-lle still out with an cine Hal Timers' supporters crs from Jim Watson, Mike j stars respectively. Rogers and Doin; Hoi-bul. Jeff Meanwhile Roger Sw-anson of Or maybe it was just his way was credited with the I ?'lin Flon Uomljcrs was pulling of showing the explosive Mcdi-1 Medicine Hat goal after deflect- ankle injury, "Because vc haven't pol dial good a record against N'ew York during Ihn season, you can't write a team off hccausc of said Bowman. "I think it will he a well-confcstod series." Hatelle had the cast removed from his fractured ankle Tues- unlikely he'll the end ol the day hut it's back before quarter-finals. The North Slars heat St. Louis in four of six games this season and Worsley counted three of victories hu( the veteran goalie says it will lake more than his efforts to win in the playoff. "Yon have to depend on (he entire hockey chili when you get into the playoffs. Everybody's got to cover (heir man. "You have lo have a lot of Times differ for playoffs MONTREAL (CP1 The Stanley Cup playoffs, wliicli slarl in Jour different cities-- Boslon, Now York, Chicago and night, I show a variety of game times. I AH four quarter-final scries arc affairs. Scries A, which pits Toronto Maple Leafs against Hie Bruins in Boston have the Wednesday and Thursday night contests scheduled to begin at p.m. 1IST. TUc clubs then swinfl back lo Toronto for an p.m. MST Saturday game and p.m. slarl lo Sunday's fourth game. Meanwhile, Montreal Cana- diuus play llicir first gamrs in Hci'ios B Wednesday and Thursday night in York against (lie IffinRcrs starting" at p.m. and p.m. MST i respectively. The ncrlion swings back lo Montreal for a pair of games Saturday anil Sunday nighls- hotti an MST fnccoff lime. The West Division's scries C lias Pittsburgh Penguins visit- ing Chicago Black Hawks Wednesday and Thursday nighls, hotli scheduled to bcpin at p.m. MST. The series swings back lo Pittsburgh for an p.m. MST Saturday con- tost nml a p.m. MST start Sunday. The series D quarter-final round between St. Louis Blues ant! Minnesota North Stars is still lacking starting limes for the third and fourth games. Ko why he was the best poaUemler i the Western Canada Hockey eagur this past year. 1L doesn't really matter what I his reasoning was, John David- son was brilliant and that was he story in panic four of Ihe of seven quarter-final scries between the Centennials Tigers. A Jain-packed crowd of .1.000 watched Davidson perform. The series !s all squared at '1 with the fifth game set for Calgary Friday evening. team effort. Il becomes We're al! hoping far the Blues visit the North I Ha. that we can combine all of (his and give a good CHICAGO WON FIVi: Chicago beat Pittsburgh five times and allowed (he Penguins a tie in their sixth regular schedule mciding while Boston won five and gave up one loss lo Toronto. Despite those 1 o p -s 1 A c d records, al 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 Boslon reporter Tuesday that the Bruins would win in five games. And Pittsburgh rookie Davfl Burrows was nmvorried that Ci.icago had finished 41 points ahead of the Penguins when he prcdiclecl; "They'Jl know they've been In I lie playoffs when we're fin- ished." The Bk't-k Hawks areirt argu- ing with Uurrows. "This isn't going lo be as easy as everybody seems 10 said Chicago cenlre btan IUIK- Dnvid.son, who lasl year toil- ed with the I.elhbrLdge Sugar Kings of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, frustrated Tigers as the Gas City -1-1- ing a bluelinc shot by Rod Cox. Davidson pol a piece of the sbDl hut H Iricklcd across tlie goalline lo become the only blemish on an otherwise flaw- less performance Calgary gol the nod on 10 nf 17 penalties in the came. Fight- ing majors went to Neil Melnyk of the Timers and Jim McMas- lers of tlie Centennials with 11 seconds left in the gnme. Bob Gasoff of Ihc Tigers picked up a major penally [or hooking in the firsl period on liis own show against Re- Eina. Suanscm kirknl out shots lo pive tfic1 Bumljcrs a Jiarti- foLighl ,1 j wm over the Pals in Hcgina find a 2-0 lead in that ler-hnal. Hut in Sjiskatnon the Wheat Kincs cnntiinicd lo exhibit their inability lo play well on the rruid ;is the Diadem humiliated n ran don 1'2-i to take a 2-1 lead in (he series. The Ihrcc scries will resume Friday niphl in Kcpina, Calgary j and Winnipeg. Brandon is play- i inc its home game in Winnipeg, was cooling his heels (u Cwc I nil Kings, leading 3- tbe Cents Ihe 1-0 opening peri- od lead. Watson gol credit for it was de- attempted to lake a 3-1 lead in games. The only shot to elude the p. lanky Calgary goalie was a de- feclerl shot midway the final period. i me goal although it was Cl 1 Heeled behind Thomas by Cox. Centennial's second goal was a screened shol that Rogers fired past Thomas before the through I Tigers' goalie could react. Horbul put the Icing on the 1. will try to wrap up their se- ries wilh New Westminster Bruins next Tuesday. In Regina Dave S h a r 1 o w scored a pair of goals and Swanson turned aside -13 shots to give the Bombers (heir two- game load over the eastcni divi- sion's regular schedule tidists. Stars Wednesday and Thursday nighls, will) both games set to start at p.m. .MST. The Saturday and Sunday starting limes for the two clubs "We're gomr; to have lo worn hard and hope lo avoid any Key injuries, just as we will against any oilier loam in Ihc scries." IIauks goalie Tory Ksposilo nt St. Louis arc not known be- also endorsed the cautious ap- cause of possible television com- -------L milmenls,