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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta n -i. LJI I SULLY SAYS i fej -By Paf SuHivan.ji 'J'TIE bossman, Don Pilling, has, for more years than I can recall, labelled Jim Coleman of To- ronto not only the finest sports columnist in Canada but one of the best in North America. And he's suggested that it would be a splendid idea to re- print, in part, at least, a rip-snorter of a piece Cole- man penned fhe oilier day regarding the proposed Canadian-Russian hockey series later this year, He told it like it really is. You should enjoy it. There are some American fat-heads in the Na- tional Hockey League who arrogantly liave assumed tliat they will dictate the conditions under which the Canada-Russia exhibition matches will be played in September. It's time that someone straightened out those brash American interlopers. In fact, it's time that some Canadian told Blathering Bill Jennings and Wet Ears Westy Adams to take a big jump into their own polluted Eastern coastal waters. Let's get 'one thing straight, right from the start: This upcoming series is CANADA versus RUS- SIA! This is strictly Canada's show! Canada made the deal with Russia for a two-country hockey test. No one invited the Americans to stick their noses into this private little shinny tournament. It was the Canadians and only the Canadians who de- voted more than two years to negotiating this show- down with the Russians. In the prolonged negotia- tions, the Canadians requested no assistance from Americans or Britons. But, now that the Canada-Russia hockey pact has been sealed, everyone wants to get into the act. Sud- denly, the Americans have decided that Canada can't possibly play hockey against Russia without the as- sistance and guidance of our Big Brothers in the U.S. of A. God help Canada if, indeed, we have become such international sycophants that w e can't even play hockey against the Russians without the approval of some of those laughable fat-heads who are club- owners in the NHL. i Let's get a second thing straight: the only peo- ple who have been involved in the negotiations with Russia are the Canadian federal government, the Ca- nadian Amateur Hockey Association and Hockey Can- ada. Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs have membership on the board of Hockey Canada. Thus, Toronto and Montreal are the only professional hockey clubs which are involved directly in the Can- ada-Russia series. Vancouver Canucks also have a representative on the board of Hockey Canada but, the Canucks don't count for a hill of beans. The Canucks are Canadian in name only. The Canucks are controlled by a group of carpet-bagging Americans. Forget them! Okay, let's demonstrate right now that Can- ada requires no help in this venture. Hockey Canada and the CAHA should get together immediately and announce that Canada's team for the Russian matches will consist of members Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. With that announcement, Hockey Canada and the CAIIA would be telling the Americans politely to stay the hell out of Canada's hockey affairs. Personally, I don't believe in wasting politeness on Bill Jennings and Westy Adams. Their arrogant interference in Canada's private affairs doesn't merit a courteous rebuke. I There's one more good reason wny the lineup of Canada's team in the matches against Russia should be confined to members of the Montreal Ca- nadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs: Some young Canadian men, who are receiving to SIOO.OOO, annually for playing hockey in U.S. cities, have indicated that, as far as they're con- cerned, hockey is strictly business. The thought of wearing "Canada" on their sweaters in an interna- tional confrontation with Russia, doesn't turn them on emotionally. When membership in Canada's team is suggested to them, a few of them (I emphasize only "a reply with businesslike questions: "How much will I be paid? Will I be covered by insurance? Will it be okay with my I say: "Forget any players who have the slight- est personal reservations against playing for Canada. Who needs This is Canada's first and possibly, Canada's last chance to demonstrate that we have professional hockey players who are capable of beating Russia' national team. Let's do it as Canadians with a team of play- ers who arc under contract to the only genuinely Ca- nadian teams who are left in professional hockey: Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. And, let's have no more crap from Blathering Bill Jennings, Wet Ears Westy Adams or any other Ameri- can club owner. Wednesday, April 26, 1973 _ THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Power plays was the Ing difference Record falls as Bruins sweep series eas ST. LOUIS (CP) Boston Ji'iiins set one record and jusl nissecl lying another Tuesday ight in a close 5-3 victory over he surprisingly aggressive St. ,ouis Blues to sweep their of-sevcn Stanley Cup semi-final in straight games. The Bruins, who returned home Immediately after Ihe game, open tho National Hockey League final Sunday against HEADLINES CARD Carmen Rinke, 1972 Golden Gloves champion will headline an amateur fight card at the Henderson Lake Ice Centre this Saturday evening. The card is sponsored by the Lethbridge Boxing Club. Rinke ready to meet Hoyt The Lelhbridge Boxing Club will stage its first fight card of the 1972 season this Satur- day evening. Previously scheduled to take [Mace in the Civic Centre the card had to be changed to Hen- derson Lake Ice Cenlre. Action on the 14-bout card gets under way at seven o'clock. Boxers from Brocket, Card- ston. Cranbrook, Rocky Moun- tain House and the host club will make tip the evening's matches. A unique double main event will highlight fhe card. Carmen Rinke, the pride and joy of the host Lethbridge Club, will meet Shayne Hoyt of Cran- hrook in one main event while Dennis Chiclmoon of Cardston will do battle with Dale Ander- son of Rocky Mountain House. Rinke. at 145 pounds, is the 1372 Alberta champion in the 147-pound class as well as Ed- monton Golden Gloves cham- pion. Hoyt, on the other hand, won the Spokane Golden Gloves in 1971 as as being the B.C. Emerald Gloves runner-up. Magrath league opens in May The Magrath Golf Club is once again planning a men's goif league. The league commence the second week in May. Last year the league em- braced six teams but accom- modations can he made for eight quite easily. Anyone interested in playing on a team or anyone who may have a team they wish to en- ter is asked to contact Hay Stevenson at 753-35iO or leave their name or team name at the club hou.se. Both Chief moon and Ander- son were on the 1971 ican Games team and were Ca- nadian champions in Tims far in 1072 each won an Alberta title. Trophies will be given to the most improved Lethbrdge box- er, best left hand, best right hand, best foot work, best ef- fort by a boxer, best sportsman and the best all-round boxer. Advance tickets are on sale at Doug's or All Star Sports. Local gymnasts do cjuile well The recently-formed Leth- bridge YMCA Gymnastics Club tool: pail in their initial compe- tition recently and one member of the team earned a berth on the Alberta team which will compete in Winnipeg this week- end. Greg Senda, one of the top judoists at the YMCA, earned a berth on the team which will travel to Winnipeg. Senda was third overall in the men's no- vice competition and will get a crack at the silverware in the M-estern Canada finals. Corby Pankliurst, of the local club, missed a berth on the team by a mere four tenths oJ a point as he was fifth. Mal- colm Lov.ings, .-mother local, was fourth in vault. The gals were led by Sandra Cr.ristou as she placed llth overall in novice competition. In midget Dee Dee Christen sen was ninth in the final stand- ings after an outstanding sec- ond place finish in balance beam. Lori Atchison was seventh on the uneven bars uhilc Mary Ann Leishman earned an nth place finish, Ungernian gives his view on falal boni Gray stood like a statue WINNIPEG (CP) Toronto boxer Stewart Gray "stood like a statue" when bo went out (or the seventh and fatal round in tillc fight with Al Sparks of Winnipeg, a judicial inquiry was toM Tuesday. Irving Ungerman of Toronto, who handled Gray for about a year before his fatal bout here Feb. 21, told Judge Benjamin Hcwak: "The minute they walked ouf, Slew stood like a statue. I felt something was wrong then because no man goes out in box- ing like he did. "He stood there with bis hands down and I felt Al Sparks didn't waul to hit him. only one punch in the seventh round of the scheduled 12-round title bout, The left hook sent Gray, 27, to the canvas and he (lied about 24 hours later after undergoing brain surgery. The inquiry commission was established by the provincial government to investigate the four-bout card which resulted in Gray's death, allegations by De- troit boxer Jim Christopher that his life was threatened if he did not throw his bout wilh Cana- dian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo of Toronto and suspicion that knockouts in pre- liminary bouts were feigned. Ungcrman, who Is Chuvalo's manager, said he didn't think Gray was hurt seriously enough Sparks, the Canadian light-i to call off the match before the heavyweight champion, threw I seventh round. "f'vc seen him take a lot more (punishment) than he stated. Sparks may have burl the challenger in the six'.h round but Gray returned to his corner under his steam, he said. Commission counsel Don TSai zley asked why U n g e r m a n would risk a fight with Christo- Ihe manager earlier described as "a nothing fighter" when Chuvalo was scheduled to fight Muhammad All in Van- couver May 1 for more than 12 times Ihe amount of money. Ungerman said it would be more "dangerous with three sparring partners than to fight Christopher every day of the week." New York Rancors in Boston. The Boston club scored 23 tfoals against (he Bluest the most ever by a club in n four- game series. They broke by two tiie previous standard set by Montreal Canadiens in 19-10 against Chicago Black Hawks. Their 10 power-play goals in the series missed by one the record set by Montreal in 1965 in a six-game series with To- ronto Maple Leafs. Together, the Bruins and Blues also set a playoff record for most goals by both teams in a four-game scries wilh their total of 3G, beating by three the mark set by Montreal and Chi- cago in 194G. OHH SETS MAKK And Bobby Orr established a playoff mark for defencemen. He assisted on three Boston goals, giving liijn 15 in post-sea- son play Io break the previous record for assists by a defence- man, of 14 set by Chicago's Pat Stapleton in IS games in 1971. Orr has played in half thnt number of gainer so far this year. 'They played a great Boston coach Tom Johnson said of the St. Louis effort. "Our power was the difference The vaunted Bruin power play, muzzled to just two in the "ive-gtime quarter-final against Toronto, was in full stride against St. Louis. It accounted for three goals Tuesday night, but it took Wayne Cashrnan's score into an empty St. Louis goal with 38 seconds remaining in the game to nail down the victory. Johnson said it was "by far St. Louis' best game of the se- ries, hut when you come out hit- ing as hard as the Blues did, :heyTe taking chances with our jower play." PENA1.TIKS HURT Earlier in the series, when asked how he would protect against a Bruins power play, Johnson replied: "Don't take senalfies." Ironman Gerry 0 d r o w s k 1, chief protector among the Blues' penalty killers, agreed. "They've got the best power i play in the said the balding veteran of several NHL clubs who has spent most of bis pro career in the minors. "You can oniy hold them for so long. "We just hoped to hold he added by way of ex- plaining how lie and his co-part- ners in penalty-killing roles, Danny O'Shea and Terry Crisp, kept Bruins off balance by pressing them in their own end. "But, boy, when they set up that pattern in your end they just fire that puck around look- ing for a mistake. We just hoped by chasing them we'd get (hem Io make the mistakes be- fore they got into our end." BRUINS LEAD 4-1 Phil Esposilo and John Bucyk scored two goals each ES the Bruins opened a 4-1 lead before the Blues caught fire and nar- rowed the gap to two goals by Andre Dupont and Chris Evans in the third period. It was the first-ever playoff goal for both young defenccmcn. Crisp, who tallied for St. Louis in the first period, said: "We worked as hard as we could. It's too bad we couldn't have got going earlier. "Hut we knew when we went out there tonight our backs were Io the wall. We knew we had some bad They just couldn't have been any worse." One of the big surprises of the series was Ihe work of Boston's third line with Garnet (Ace) Bailey filling in for Derek Sanderson between Mike and Ed Vvesffall. The line didn't pick up any poitils Tuesday night but in (he I previous three games Walton four goals and two assists, j Bailey contributed a goal ami BOSTON 5 Sr. LOUIS 3 firsl Period I. Esncsilo 8 (Cashman, Hodge) 7. Boil on, Bucyk (Stanlielj. 3, St. Louis, Crisp 1