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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta SULLY SAYS -By Pat Sullivan j A BIT of everything But all from the wonder- ful world of hockey this past year Guyle Fielder, who thrilled many a southern. Alberta hockey fan in his junior days with the Lcth- bridge Native Sons, reached the mark in his professional career this year He is the only man to do so Former goaltending greats Turk Broda and Bill Durham died within two weeks of each other They were followed shortly by Doug Bcntley Boston Bruins' Johnny Bucyk reach- ed the 400-goal plateau as well as the mark early enough in the season to get a little ink before Frank Mahoviich of the Montreal Canadians scored No. 500 Atlantic Flames and New York Islanders played their first season in the National Hockey League And while some observers say Atlanta had the better year, take a Jook at the statistics regard- ing the Islanders and the peo- ple who paid to see them play this past winter Atlanta paid a rumored 000 to Jacques Richard for a two-year deal while the Is- landers doled out even more for Billy Harris Phil Goyette was named coach of the Islanders only to be re- placed by Earl Ingarfield with two months left in the season In case you for- got, Lethbridge can boast two NHL coaches and an assist- ant after the changes were made at New York Vic Stasiuk coaches Vancouver Canucks while Ingarfield lias Aut Erickson to aid him- Derek Sanderson committ- ed what has been called the steal of the century after fleecing Philadelphia Blazers of the World Hockey Associa- tion of a cool million not to play He had very little to say about the transaction except "I've always lived like a millionaire But, now I can afford it Bos- ton Bruin teammate Bobby Orr, shed his coat as one of the most eligible bachelors on either side of the border by announcing his engagement to a Florida school teacher Lethbridge Sugar Kings labored through "the jear everyone wants to forget" in the Alberta Junior Hockey League And we'll know to- night if the Red Deer Rust-, lers can maintain their sup- remacy in the AJHL I would have bet money Calg- gary Canucks would have sidelined, them long before now Medicine Hat Tig- ers continue to roll along on what is already their most productive playoff juncture in their brief history They got past Calgary Centennials in six games According to stories from both cities the series was a 60-40 mixture of hockey and jousting. Could it be possible New York Rangers' high pricsl help had been playing possum through the latter stages of the season? They have Boston Bruins down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series, they are home at Madison Square Gar- den for the next two games and the Bruins are without .Phil Esposito Brad Park and Vic Hadfield are said to be the proud possessors of five year million dollar con- tracts while Rod Gilbert is getting over three years That's the same thing isn't it? We should see a lot of Buffalo come I said earlier they would win one game I still think so But think of all the experience they are gathering I hope the sel- ectors for the all-star game earlier in the year are bow- ing their heads in shame They left Gilbert Perreault off the team what an example of injustice to the most talented young hockey player in the NHL today And finally, the Boston gam- ble has not paid off Jacques Plante sit out the next two games against the Rangers Ten goals in two games don't win hockey games Especially in the in the playoffs in years to playoffs. I found out just what kind sion was the annual Oldtim- of shape I'm in last week- end Myself, along with Bill Gibson, Karl Sorokoski and Howie Yanosik (how did a good Irishman like me get mixed up in this were the guests of the Great Falls Hockey Club And did we have a time .Well, I'm asking you, did we have a time? I had never met .Gabby Haynes or Bill Ukrai- netz so I didn't know what to expect Hospitality, in capital letters, the entire time we were there The occa- ers game I played a solid two periods and took an early shower It was a good thing I did There was plenty of suds but very little soap I can tell you one thing I'm in training for next year's game already You just don't get first class treatment like that many places I know I'm speak- ing on behalf of the four musty steers is it Musk- ateers? when I say, thank you gentlemen. No overtime says Scoular RED DEER (CP) Direct- ors of the Alberta Junior Hoc- ky League today reaffirmed the league's policy of not playing overtime in the playoffs and settled a controversy over the seventh game of the league fin- al between Red Deer Rustlers and Calgary Canucks. Jim Scoular, league presi- dent, said today directors were emphatic in their decision to follow the pattern of most oth- er junior leagues in Canada and continue system- the eight-point Sotwrdoy, April 7, 1973 THE IITHBRIOCE HiRAlD 15 Sabres hope home crowd will help Rangers preparing for the kill? NEW YORK (CP) Toast of this hockey-mad town, says one youthful fan, is an unassuming blonde basher on the Ranger blueline. "Isn't that Harris something, store clerk Rico Monelli said Friday of Ron Harris, a chunky defenceman New York picked up from Atlanta Flames for popular Curt Bennett during the current National Hockey League season. "I didn't like to see Espo get hurt the way he did, but without him in the Boston lineup we've got a real shot at it said the youth, who works in a shop near Madison Square Garden. In the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Bruins Thursday night, which sent the New Yorkers up 2-0 in the best-of-seven quarter- final series, it was Harris' crisp hip check on the right leg that sent Esposito to hospital with a torn knee ligament. A Boston team spokesman said Friday that extensive ex- amination of the injurv would be made today to determine if surgery was necessary. Espo- sito would "miss a few including those here tonight and Sunday -light. The aroused New Yorkers en- red the playoff on a five-game winless string, including two losses to Boston which rele- gated the Rangers to third riace and gave the Bruins home-ice advantage in the open- ing playoff round. national Canadian audience will get a look at the enthusiasm of the Buffalo fans, who have crammed themselves more than strong into Memorial Au- ditorium for almost every Sa- bres' home game this season. "You've seen fans in Toronto and Montreal react to good per- Imlach said. "But wait until you see this bunch here; their support has just been tremendous. "If our guys aren't perked up for the game by the time they arrive at the rink. I'll guaran- tee you they'll be perked up by the time they finish the pre- game warm-up; that's how the crowd is here." In the Spectrum, home of Philadelphia Flyers, fans regu- larly hang a long banner read- ing: "Schultz, Saleski, Kelly and Dupont against the Na- tional Hockey League." Dave Schultz is The Hammer, Din Saleski The Big Bird, Bob Kelly The Hound and Andre Du- pont The Moose. They don't always win their battles, but the four have been in some dandies this season as the Flyers became the in- timidators instead of the in- timidated and led the NHL in penalties with minutes. But Schultzie's mob didn't do much intimidating against Min- nesota North Stars in the first two games of their Stanley Cup quarter-final series, split on Spectrum ice. i Schultz, chief head-banger of the Flyers, hasn't been in a single fight yet against the North Stars in the series. He complains nobody wants to fight him. But a change of scenery may make the difference for the Fly- ers tonight in the third game of the best-of-seven series in Bloo- mington, Minn. The North Stars also are at home for the tele- vised fourth game Sunday after- noon. "It's easier to Intimidate a team when we're on the road, because if we challenge them, they've got to fight back In front of their home Schultz ssfys. Chicago Black Hawks are fn St. Louis tonight for the third game of the other West Division series, against the Blues. The Black Hawks will be gunning for a weekend sweep after tak- ing the first two games on Chi- cago ice. Winnipeg moves in front in quarter-iinal Saints couldn't keep wraps on Hull WINNIPEG (CP) Bobby Hull scored two goals, including the winner, in Friday's 3-1 World Hockey Association vic- tory over Minnesota Fighting Saints, but the Winnipeg Jets playicg-coach gave the credit to his linemates. The win gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven quar- ter-final series. "Norm (Beaudin) was perpet- ual motion out there all night and Chris (Bordeleau) looked like a drowned rat after the Hull said of his line- mates who set up his goals in the first and third period. "The guys all worked their tails off, everybody did their lar-season champion Jets and the fourth-place Saints will be played Sunday in Winnipeg. Three games are scheduled for tonight -including the other West Division match-up with Houston Aeros, 7-2 victors Thursday, entertaining Los An- geles Sharks. In the East Divi- sion, Ottawa Nationals meet But the Brains, favored to job. There were no glaring mis- eliminate New York in the opening round defence of their Stanley Cup title, r.ow find themselves on foreign ice play- ing catch-up hockey, and Sand- the situation is erson admits "Without Esposito. I'd say it is desperate. Not impossible, just desperate." The Bruins announced Friday that Jacques Plante, the 44- year-old goaltender obtained in trade with Toronto Maple Leafs, would not play at New York. Plante was in net for both games at Boston, won by New York 6-2 and 4-2. and appeared shaky in both contests. Ed Johnston later confirmed hat he had been fingered to ace the Rangers tonight with Ross Brooks, the 35-year-old rookie, getting the nod for Sun- day's game. In Buffalo, meanwhile, >unch Imlach, the effervescent reneral manager of Buffalo Sa- >res, predicts that if his club 'plays the kind of hockey we're capable of here" the Stanley Cup quarter-final round with ilontreal Canadiens is far from )ver. This prediction came Friday ight despite the underdog Ba- res' 2-1 and 7-3 losses to the wwerful Canadiens in the open- rs of the best-of-seven series Wednesday and Thursday in Montreal. And Imlach's forecast that he tide will turn before Buf- alo's friendly fans tonight and unday night was echoed by oach Gerry res. Tonight's third game gets un- er way at 6 p.m. MST, wRh he Sunday night face-off sched- uled one hour earlier. Both antes will be televised nation- ally in Canada by the CBC. It will mark the first time a Joe captain Meehan and other S3- A FUN MACHINE ATA O-NONSENSE PRICE! Hull scored only one goal in five regular-season games against Minnesota. Bordeleau added the insurance marker in the third period. Mike Antonov- ich got the Minnesota goal, giv- ing them a brief 1-1 tie. Both Hull and Minnesota coach Harry Neale said after- wards they expect a long, hard- fought series. "We would have won a lot of games this year, playing that Neale said in reference to his club's performance. MAKE CHANCES COUNT "The difference was they cap- italized on two scrambles, and while we had lots of chances, we couldn't take advantage." Neale gave Wnnipeg goalie Ernie Wakely full credit for the saves he made, particularly off breaks by Wayne Connelly and Billy Klatt about one minute apart in the second period. "I thought we could pull it out when we tied it in the third pe- riod. I knew the next goal would win." The Minnesota coach said his club made an error in letting Hull get loose for his first goal, but on the winner "it looked like we had him tied up; but against guys like Hull and Bor- deleau you just have to do a better than usual "We actually did a good job on checking that line. They play two normal shifts for he said hi reference to the fpur-to five-minute shifts the highest scoring line in the WHA was taking Friday night. "We have to put two lines out on them. I thought we did a good job on Bobby, if you can say that after he scored two goals. We can't do anything more, you're just not going to keep nun off the scoresheet." Walily and McCartan each faced 29 shots before fans. Second game in the West Di- vision series between the regu- New England Whalers in Boston in the first game of their series and C'ei'eland Crusaders, lead- ing 1-0 in their series, play host to Philadelphia Blazers. Houston coach Bill Dineen is expecting a tougher game as his club looks towards the World Cup. "We jumped off to a fast start and just played a good be caid of their opening victory after recording just three wins in 10 regular season meetings with Los Angeles. "I think we'll have a much tougher tune Saturday." The Nationals, who will play their home games In Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, will be Threaten legal action Players mean business without leading scorer Wayne Carleton. The 42-goal scorer ag- gravated an ankle injury during an experimental skate Friday and did not accompany the club to Boston. Ottawa general manager Buck Houle said Carleton "might be all right by Monday if he stays off his feet." The big winger was Injured earlier in the season and will again be replaced fay Jack Gib- son. Ottawa coach Billy Harris says the loss will hurt his club. MONTREAL (CP) The Na- it would have on players' sala- tional Hockey League Players' Association announced Friday it will take legal action to prevent a merger between the NHL and the World Hockey Association, unless it receives written assur- ance that no such merger will be discussed by representatives of the two leagues. Alan Eagleson, executive di- rector of the players' associ- ation, and association president Ken Dryden told a news confer- ence such action will be taken unless the players' association receives "formal written assur- ance from the NHL owners within seven days that no merger will be discussed, much less agreed upon." Officials of the NHL and the WHA met in New York last Sunday to consider a possible merger of the two leagues. Eagleson said the players as- sociation has retained Ira M. Millstein, a New York anti-trust lawyer, and given him instruc- tions "to prepare a complaint .for filing in federal district court in New York City to en- join any merger of the two leagues." Simultaneous legal action also would be instituted in Canada, but Eagleson could not say where or how the Canadian ac- tion would be instituted. 'Unless I receive such assur- ance in writing within seven days, the players have re- quested me to instruct counsel to take the necessary steps to preserve their rights regarding the merger." Eagleson said the players' as- j sociation is opposed to anyj merger of the two leagues be- cause of the detrimental effect nes. He said there is a clear legal precedent that a merger of the WHA and the NHL would vio- late U.S. anti-trust laws. In 1970, National Basketball Association players obtained from the U.S. federal district court an injunction against a merger of the NBA an Ameri- can Basketball Association. Stampede Wrestling EXHIBITION PAVILION MONDAY, APRIL 9th 8.30 p.m. CAGE MATCH: STOMPER GOULDIE vs DAN KROFFAT ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER vs BILL CODY BELAFONTE vs CHIN LEE CARUSO vs MARTEL 7 Big Bouts 18 TV S2 Wafch STAMPEDE WRESTLING on CJOC-TV By GARY KIRK KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. THE LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB Invites Applications for Membershp Club Opening Sunday, April 1st President Dr. Ed Cairns Ffi. 328-3666 Club Manager Don Lymburner Club Professional Ed Englehardt UUB PHONE NUMBER 328-2527 P.O BOX 387 HAY REALTY