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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednciduy, Apiil 19, W2 THE LttHBRIDGE tllRMD 9 Canada's best to meet Russians official, and no pros barred 'PRAGUE (CP) The en- counter the hockey world has been wailing open lour- nament between Canada and Hussia with no pros set for lliis fall, The tournament will encom- pass eight in Can- ada and four in could be extended to include Swedish anil Czcctioslovakian learns. The news came as a joint an- nouncement Tuesday by Joe Kryczka of Calgary, president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, and Andrei Starovoitov, head of the Soviet delegation to tlie world amateur hockey toumament here. The first four games will be played in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver Sept. 1-8; the others in Moscow, Sepl. 22-2-1-213-2H. Both sides emphasize that the tournament will not herald Can- ada's return to world amateur competition which she aban- doned nearly 2Vi years ago. That is still subject to negotia- tion at the International Ice Hockey Federation congress level. But Clarence Campbell, presi- dent of the National Hockey League, said in a report from Chicago: Canada has won il-s point." Canada pulled out of world amateur comjictition in Janu- ary, 1070, when her partners in Uie III1F first division reneged on a commitment to allow her to play a maximum of nine pro- fessionals, and vowed not to re- Slan Fi schleps Inside Hockey TN the space of foul- short years hockey players have A developed into the spoiled brats of sports. Expansion and the World Hockey Association have con- verted professional shinny into a player's market with the sky the limit as far as salaries are concerned. Skating in the National Hockey League nowadays is a marvelous life. Teams travel in luxurious jets; camp at first- class hotels; are deified by the media and work only a cou- ple of hours a (lay, a few days a week and only seven months of a year. Thai's just about enough to inflate a players head to dirigible proportions, which it has. Nowadays, some skaters consider it sacroligious to be booed when they play a bum name. Any moment 1 expect a learn lo skate off the ice and go on slrike (he next lime the jeers assail their ears. A few weeks ago the New York Hangers played so atrocious a game at Madison Square Garden ttie rink could have been mistaken for a livery stable. Fans, paying up to for a seat, responded with assorted Bronx cheers, which the Rangers fully deserved. But instead of accepting and acknowledging the fact that his team smellcd out the joint, New York's g.m.-coach Emile Francis did what he docs best of all, alibied for his team and criticized the people who indirectly are paying his the fans. "It was a damn said Francis, referring to the crowd's disapproval, as if it's against the law to boi the home team. "There's no reason for people to give ou goalie, Gilles Villemure, the raspberry like that." Shame? No reason? Just whom docs Francis think he' kidding, or ordering around? To begin with, there's nothing shameful about spectator booing a team which is playing Grade D (for deplorable hockey. To end with, there's every reason to boo Villemur if, as happened on that night, be appeared to be giving 25 per cent effort. The players themselves denounced their own fans. "That stuff makes you said All-Star defenseman Brad Park. "What do they think wo did, dcliberalely go out there and lose? Maybe we spoiled some of (he fans." No, Brad. Maybe the fans, the six-figure salaries and the TVHA have spoiled the players who have developed into pscuclo-Holy-B lesscd-Bc-lls A little more booing might just put them back in their proper perspective; they're working stiffs like you and me! St. Louis Blues vice-president Lynn Patrick experienced an unusual critique on bis last visit to Madison Square Gar- den. A middle-aged fan remembered that Patrick coached the Rangers in April 1950, the last time they reached the Stanley Cup finals. He also recalled that the New Yorkers took De- troit to sudden-death in (he seventh game. The Rangers very nearly won the playoff in the first overtime when Pentti Lund now sports editor of the Thunder Bay, Ontario, Times Journal hit I he goal post behind Harry Lumley. The fan criticized Patrick foi- sending veteran Buddy O'Connor out for the face-off in deep Ranger territory dur- ing the second sudden-death. O'Connor lost the draw to George Gee who passed to Pete Babando who beat goalie Chuck Hayner and Detroit won the Cup. "The guy told me I should have put Jackie McLeod out for the face-off instead of said Patrick. "That was the first time in my life I've ever come across the 22-year-old second Clarence Campbell lias come a long way in his 26 years as MIL President. During the six-team era it was not un- usual for the league governors to send Clarence out of (he room when they held a high-level discussion, as if lie was a mere officc-lioy. Nov.' the 66-year-old Campbell is allowed to listen in on the decisions. Nevertheless, several owners still are furious with Campbell over the "secret" memo he wrote last year spelling out the NIIL's numerous mistakes and weak which eventually landed on the pages of the Montrea Star. Just who leaked tho NIIL's Pentagon Papers remains a mystery hut Hie belting here is that it came from St. Louis Chicago's Wood lirives on work By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Pensions are one thing, but if ic major league baseball play- -s ever strike for a shorter Wilbur Wood is in ig trouble. Chicago's veteran knuekleball rlisl thrives on action and roved it Tuesday night when e shut out Texas Rangers 14-0 n a three-hitter. The complete ame came just two days after Vood had burled 8 2-3 innings or no decision in Chicago's jost-slrike opener. A normal rest span for a jitcher is tluce days between tarts and many need four days )ff to recover. In other American League ac- ion Tuesday, New York Yan- kees blanked Milwaukee Brew- ers 2-0, Boston Kcd Sox downed Cleveland Indians 4-2, Detroit Tigers topped Baltimore Orioles 5-3, Oakland Athletics trimmed City Royals 3-2 and Cal- lornia Angeles blanked Minne- sota Twins 2-0. USED TO WORK Wood is used to plenty of pitclu'ng. He worked innings last year when he won 22 games for the Sox. His Iwo starts In four days were complete opposites for Wood. The Sox couldn't score for him on Saturday but ex- ploded Tuesday with a 15-hit at- tack that included a homer, two singles, a double and six runs balled in for Carlos May. Steve Kline's three-hitter gave the Yankees their first victory with Horace Clarke's three hits leading New York past Milwau- kee Clarke drove in the first Yan- kee run with a third-inning sin- gle and Johnny Callison's sacri- fice fly delivered the other in the fourth, Joe Coleman struck out eight batters in the first four innings and started Detroit's winning rally with a fifth-inning single as tile Tigers trimmed Balti more. Tnuleau concerned about cost OTTAWA (CP) Prime Win- ter Trudeau has asked a high- anklng sports official lo assess le costs of staging the 1976 ummer Olympics in Montreal, sources say. They say the job has been iven to Philippe de Gaspe eaubien of Montreal, now serv- ng bis second term as chair- Tian of the national advisory ouncil on fitness and amateur port. It was only last week that the rime minister told reporters hat he "smells a rat" in finan- ial plans for the Montreal iames. Financing of the Games has a political issue in the Commons. Opposition MPs arc vondcring ovit loud whether the edcral government will be called upon to shell out millions of in (he case of (he 1967 world's pull Mont- real out of financial trouble. The prime minister appar- ntly has joined the ranks of :hose who doubt that Mayor Jean Drapeau of Montreal can hold the Games with a budget of million and revenues he can get from lotteries and at- tendance at the events. The recent Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, and the coming events at Munich have a price lag of more than S500 milb'on apiece. The PM has said he has no objection lo helping Montreal through shared-cost programs to which all Canadian cities are entitled. But there will be no funds earmarked to hold the Games he has said. Coleman got late help from reliever Fred Scherman to nail clown the victory. He scored the tie-breaking run in the fifth when he singled, raced to thin on Dick McAuliffe's double and both runners came in on Aurclio Rodriguez' single. Nolan Ryan made his Ameri can League debut, firing a four-hitler for California as the Angels blanked Minnesota Ryan struck out 10 anil over came a couple of brief contro lapses to post the victory. Dave Duncan and Mike Ep- stein hammered home runs as Oakland trimmed Kansas City, ending the Royals' three-game vanning streak. Duncan's shot in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and made a winner of Denny McLain in his debut for the Ath- lelics. Sonny Sieberl singled home n pair of runs as Boslon packed all its scoring in a single inning to defeat Cleveland. urn to senior world competition until she was allowed to ice the jest team possible. At that time, Avcry Brun- Jage, president of the Inlcrna- lonal Olympic Commillec, said team which played a pro- acicn Canadian club might en- danger its amateur slatus and could forfeit its chance to play n the 1972 Olympic Games in >apporo. "This is exactly what I pre- Campbell said of the new Canada-Russia accord. "I said many times that the Russians would withdraw all ibjections to playing the pros nice the Olympics in Sapporo vere over." TEAMS UOMMITliU The MIL president, in Chi- cago for the Stanley Cup semi- inal, said the three Canadian- lased NHL Janadicns, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple committed to supporting Hockey Canada, the govern- ment-backed body set up lo chart Canada's future in inter- national competition. "They are obligated to sup- port Campbell said. "But I think this will be broadened. There are many Ca- nadians playing for American :eams who would want to play [or a Canadian team against Russia. I feel certain about this." Hussia, 10 times world cham- pion on an amateur level with a team that has appeared more and more professional each year, is "looking for new worlds to Campbell said. Soviet sources in Prague con- firmed that the tournament will be open, adding: "We may count on Canada fielding her ac- tual best players regardless of whether they're amateurs or professionals." John (Bunny) Ahearne, gener- ally regarded in Canada as the stumbling block between Can- ada and her international aspi- rations as president of the IIHF, said tlie matches will be played under international rules C a n a d a 's possible re-entry into amateur competition will be decided at the I1HF congress meeting this summer in Ma- maia, Romania, Kryczka said. "If the congress will amem some of the rules and bylaws we shall reconsider our re-en trv." he said. AFTER COLUSION Willie McCovey, veteran slugger of the San Francisco rests os teammafe.s gather oround him of ler collision with John Jeter of the San Diego Padres. McCovey suffered a broken right a rm in the collision. when he lined a triple to left- Fcli. Lakers' talking coach victory MONTREAL (CP) It took exactly two hours and 30 min- utes for Jarry Park fans to end their honeymoon with Rusty Staub. Slanb. former idol of the Jarry Park fans, was traded lo the New York Mcl.s two weeks ago for Ken Singleton, Tim Foli and Mike Jorgcnson. In the ceremonies prior to the Montreal Expos home opener Tuesday afternoon, the new Wets right fielder was given a big ovation. At moment vhen Staub stroked a single off Expos' Steve was more applause, but not as much as during the pie-game intro- due lions. At p.m.. Staub stepped out of the batter's box to wipe off his bat and was roundly booed. At he grounded oul to Ron Hunt for the final out of a 7-2 Montreal win and the hometown faithful razzed him. While the process may have been a little painful for the for- mer Montreal star, it was just the opposite with the three new Expos. Singleton won (he crowd over in the bottom of the first inning shortstop, had the centre field, driving in Clyde crowd buzzing with an cigluh-in- Mashore and Bob Bailey will) ning double phsv. the firsl two Montreal runs of j Will) Jerry Grfite