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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, April IV, 1V74 UETHVHIUUE Fischler contends NHL directors bush with a capital 6B' w r. NEW YORK, NY The National Hockey League spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on public relations to improve its image Judging by the results, it should spend billions Or, perhaps, none at all The more the NHL wipes the egg off its face, the more it smedrs itself with mud The league pictures itself as sophisticated as Clark Gable and Noel Coward but comes off like Laurel and Hardy Fortunately most NHL owners have no idea how their good p r money is being squandered by the Tweedledums in the lowerarchy Otherwise they might cancel a few contracts and use the cash saved for lowering ticket prices Matter of fact, nobody would ever know how badly these front office Tweedledums are botching up the NHL's image if the Tweedledums didn't step on so many toes Sometimes the Law of Averages really works This season some raw nerves have been touched in Philadelphia, Long Island, New York and Chicago, by NHL nitpickers and clowns Instead ot suppressing their responses the victims have leaped to the typewriter and POW let the Tweedledums have it right back in the kisser Some of the highest decibel counts were heard in Philadelphia where Chuck Newman of the Inquirer wrote an open letter to his boss in which he beefed about the ulcer he's getting from dealing with the NHL Tweedledums He told about the night Montreal Canadiens assistant g m Ronald Caron was posted in The Forum press box shouting his lungs out for the home team while rapping the Flyers and, of course, the officials (I checked with Canadiens pr man Claude Mouton about this He agreed that Caron and Montreal scout Claude Ruel both are allowed to sit in the press box Mouton said, 'Caron gets nervous during a game What Newman said could have happened Newman also told about a trauma in Buffalo where he was trying to write a story while press box occupants were waving pom poms and pennants in the faces of visiting newsmen to stimulate the Sabres' grand and courageous drive for fifth place in the NHL East "The wrote Newman in abject disgust, is getting very close to being B-U-S-H with a capital B The NHL shouldn't rap anybody or anything not the way it operates When Newman says "bush" hes also talking about the Professional (ahem) Hockey Writers Association which is so closely aligned with the NHL it has to change its name from NHL Writers Association to look legit (Actually, the group was the brainchild of NHL vice president Don Ruck who organized it in the late Sixties after becoming league p r man) The writers association is so said Newman, "our Philadelphia contingent is thinking of walking out on it' Newman's problem is that he covers tne NHL on a daily basis Marvm Kitman has no such problem He a best selling authoi 'George Washington's Expense and television critic What bothered Kitman recently was the sight of Hawley Chester HI on his boob-tube doing reportonal commentary during a New York Islanders' telecast Kitman nearly gagged on nib 'Chester snapped Kitman, "is the Islanders' public relations director off camera This is not as good as having the club's owner as our reporter but it's a start When Chester talks about the Islanders it's like Ron Ziegler talking about Richard Nixon But that s not Chester's fault He was hired by some Tweedledum upstairs who knows about as much about objectivity as your friendly high school cheerleader Chester's problem according to Kitman and other Islander watchers, is that Hawley gets so carried away in his pursuit of good-tidings about the NHL's third worst team that he steam rollers those in his path As a result there have been disturbing reports about flattened carcasses at Nassau Coliseum Some belong to newsmen, others belong to official scorers, referees but not radio people 'Hawley pointed a finger at me said Jack Decehes, the Islanders competent radio color man last year "He didn't want me to have you, Fischler on the air with me I said 'Hawlev, don t ever point a finger at me unless you want to eat your own hand This year Chester got miffed when Decelles' replacement, Bill Mazer, had Steve Albert as his between periods guest Albert happens to be play by play man for the Cleveland Crusaders in what HL types testily refer to as "the other league When Chester told Mazer that it wasn't kosher having a member of the disloyal opposition on the air Mazer said "Goom-bye Charlie" to Hawlev It isn't easy to rap Chester and escape unscathed He was nurtured into the NHL by league vice president Ruck and is a close friend of Jeff Jennings, son of the Rangers' president and the most powerful NHL boss in New York City wrote Kitman, "threw a key block in paving Chester's way to the p r job with the Islanders That's the stepping stone to greatness in the broadcasting game I asked Chester about Kitman's stuff and he said it sounded like "sour grapes" to him, that somebody was angry he didn't get Chester's job He categorically denied harassing anyone at the Coliseum But many writers say there has, in fact, been harassment he explained, "I once did get mad at Scotty Morrison (NHL referee in chief) but I m very friendly with the officials He said he genuinely likes Mazer and had no beef with Decelles Fair enough, but what about a p r man broadcasting for the home team9 "I try very hard not to be a he told me "The important questions are Am I doing a good job9 Am I selling the game7 Am I being intelligent9" Chester mates no bones about his friendship with Jeff Jennings "The fact he said, "he s very critical of my TV work and I respect his opinion Maybe Hawley Chester is on the level Maybe too many people are jumping him So what if he's a friend of Bill Jennings7 I won't hold that against him He's always been pleasant to me, which is more than I can say for a chap in Chicago whose name sounds like Lurfy, or Nurfy He works for Chicago Stadium and he's a lulu By comparison with Nurfy, Chester comes off like Mahatma Ghandi This Black Hawks fellow likes to prey on Chicago writers who scribble about the hated WHA He once leaked a story to a house man last year but the house man's editor found out about the connection and took the poor sap off the hockey beat Lurfy Nurfy once got mad at John Leptich, an intelligent young writer for Fan's Magazine because Leptich wrote a piece about the Cougars "He said he'd take my Black Hawks pass away from said Leptich "I said I d save him the trouble and gave it back The NHL had better watch out Must hold off Bruin marksmen Tony Esposito hot goalie BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins determined to make amends for frustration during the regular National Hockey League season, meet Chicago Black Hawks tonight in the opener ol their Stanley Cup semi-findl playoff Four years ago, the Bruins swept the Hawks in four straight in the second round of the plavoffs and went on to win the Cup However the best-of-seven series between the two old ri- vals probabh will be much closer this time around Led bv goalie Tony Esposito the Hawks frustrated the Bruins during the regular season Chicago won two games and tied the other three in five meetings And the Hawks proved thev are no sti angers in Boston Garden winning 24 and tvmg 22 The Bruins who led both divisions with 113 points during the 1973 74 campaign managed onlv two ties 3 3 and 5 5 while losing 6-2 in three games in Chicago Esposito is the to a tight Chicago defence He is on a hot streak posting two shutouts and allowing just two goals in tour Flames will meet tonight Rittwav Flames ot the City Women s Softball League will hold a practice tonight All players interested in out for the team should attend the 6 30 practice to be staged at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute grounds appearances as the Hawks defeated Los Angeles Kings four games to one in the opening round of the playoffs Chicago lost 5 1 in the fourth game when Esposito was rested The Bruins wno swept four straight from Toronto in the opening round, are hoping for a return to the scoring power which carried them through, the regular campaign Esposito's older brother Minor sof Shall An organizational meeting in hopes of setting up minor softball for and girls in Lethbridge will be held this Saturdav at two o clock in Room 1 of the Civic Centre Mr Bob Brabagh president of the Alberta Amateur Softball Association will be in Lethbridge to help organize the meeting Anyone interested in coaching, managing or playing please attend the meeting Also it business firms are interested in sponsoring a team this year the meeting would be very beneficial to them as well The age groups are as follows Midget under 17 Bantam under 15 Pee Wee under 13 Squirts under 11 All these ages are from Januan 1 of the current year For am further information contact Marilyn Snedden at 328-8087 or Mike Wyrostok 327 7313 Phil may hold the key although Boston expects plentv of help from Bobby Orr Ken Hodge Wayne Cashman and other big scorers Phil managed to beat Tony for only two goals in five games this season, one earning a 2 2 tie with just 45 seconds remaining in the second game The Hawks will have some added firepower with the return of centre Pit Martin the team s second-highest scorer during the regular season with 30 goals and 47 assists Martin was knocked out in the first game against the Kings with a bruised knee and Hawks coach Billy Reay said Martin would be back in uni- form tonight WANT TO KEEP GOING Reay said he didn t feel his team needed a longer rest be fore meeting the Bruins I m glad we're going Thursdav against sdid "I'd rather continue playing than have a rest since we re in a good groove right now The Bruins were able to give their top Orr and rest after completing the sweep against Toronto Sundav night However everybody was in uniform for a stiff practice Wednesday in preparation for Chicago The Hawks, who outscored Los Angeles only 10-7 in a tough series completed Tuesday night, flew to Boston Wednesday and rested The second game of the series uill be played in Boston Sunday The two teams then will move to Chicago for the next two games GOODNIGHT, ANDY.' SOODMGMT, TOM: j GOOD MGHT; HARRY.' GOOD NIGWT, ANDY. RND SUPPER Francis praises Stemkowski, Rangers can wrap it all up NEW YORK (CP) While some of his team mates and opponents have been catching most of the headlines with spectacular goals, Pete Stemkowski has been busy in his own way by being consistent Long rated as one of the Na- tional Hockey League's top men m the faceoff circle, Stemkowski's consistency has paid off for New York Rangers So much so that coach Emile Francis has described him as one ot the best clutch players in the NHL toda> Stemkowski is not the flashiest skater in the league Francis conceded, still marvelling at the centre's Tuesday night performance in i ii in 11' Treat your Mends Hiram Walker's Special Gentk RyeWhisky. Montreal "But he s been our top face-off man The six-foot, one-inch, Winnipeg native was instrumental m New York s 3- 2 overtime victory in Montreal Tuesday night, a victory that earned the Rangers a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup quarter-final against the Canadiens FLYERS WAIT The sixth game of the series is scheduled here tonight for 6 05 p m MSTand will be tele- vised nationally by the CBC Mickey Walker is ill NEW YORK (AP) Known as the best pound-for-pound fighter of the 1920s, Mickey Walker earned more than million during a boxing career that led to the welterweight and middleweight world titles Walker 72 nicknamed the Toy Bulldog while scoring 58 knockouts and winning 93 bouts is in hospital with am nesia acute anemia and ad- vanced Parkinson's Disease The former champ, ailing and broke, was found uncon- scious April 9 on a street cor- ner in Brooklyn Walker won the wel terw eight title at the age of 21 and gained the middleweight crown five vears later After 148 career fights he retired in 1935 following a futile come- back as a heavyweight Walker, who had three box- ing managers, gained a repu- tation as a hard-drinking carouser unable to hang on to his winnings My managers got a lot of it my wives got a lot of it, they all got a lot of it except me said Walker Walker, who married seven times wed Clara Helmers, his current wife, on three sep arate occasions They have been separated however, for several years A hospital official said Walker had been living in a rooming house in Elizabeth, N J collecting social security cheques from the federal government and from groups of vcleran boxers Meanwhile Philadelphia Fly- ers who defeated Atlanta Flames 4-0 in their quarter- final round, await the winner of the New York-Montreal series Stemkowski, who played the fifth game despite a severe throat infection, won a key faceoff from Henri Richard in the final minute of regulation play a decision that led in directly to Bruce MacGregor s tying goal He also won the draw from Montreal s Pete Mahovhch to set up Ron Harris's winning goal at 4 07 of the sudden- death overtime Since the Rangers got him from Detroit Red Wings in 1970 in exchange for defenceman Larry Brown Stemkowski has figured in three straight overtime victories by the Rangers On April 29, 1971, he scored a goal in the third overtime period to earn the Rangers a 3-2 victory over Cnicago Black Hawks in a Stanley Cup semi- final series Earlier in the same series he had given the Rangers a 2-1 victory with a goal at 1 37 of overtime BECKERT SIDELINED SAN DIEGO (AP) Veteran second baseman Glenn Beckert was placed on the 21-day disabled list Wednesday with traumatic arthritis in his right ankle, San Diego Padres announced Because of the ailment, Beckert has been out of the Padres' regular lineup for a week Double honors for two SASKATOON (CP) Scoring champion Ron Chipperfield of Brandon Wheat Kings and defenceman Pat Price of Saskatoon Blades earned double honors Wednesday as the Western Canada Hockey League announced its annual all-star team and individual award winners Chipperfield, who collected a record 90 goals among his total of 162 points, was named most valuable player and tied for the first-team centre spot with Dennis Sobchuk of Regina Pats Price was named the top defenceman, joining Greg Joly of Regina and Ron Greschner of New Westminster Bruins, who tied in balloting of league coaches on the all-star team Danny Gare of Calgary Centennials was named to the right wing position and was the only unanimous selection Clark Gillies of Regina, a left winger and goal tender Larry Hendrick of Edmonton completed the first team Greschner set a record for points by a defenceman with 103 Joly established a record for assists, 71 Sobchuk had 146 points and Gillies 112 for Regina Gare produced 68 goals and 127 points while Hendrick was recognized for sparking the fourth-place Oil Kings into the western division playoffs despite a goals against average of 4 25 Stan Dunn of Swift Current Broncos was named coach of the year Cam Connor of Flin Flon Bombers was named rookie of the year and Mike Rogers of Calgary was selected as the player best combining ability with sportsmanship Horvath wins barebow title TABER (HNS) Five archers from Taber took part in the Canadian Indoor Archery Championship in Winnipeg April 13 John Horvath came home with a first place standing in men's barebow In Cadet barebow Randy Kinniburgh also look first prize Brenda Lehmann was the third Taber representative to place in the top 10 in their category She was eighth in ladies' freestyle LOOKING FOR A FUTURE? 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