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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Pat Sullivan Islanders in playoffs Al Arbour was unique as a National Hockey League defenceman, he wore glasses. Some people would say he is unique today. They compare his new life to that of the captain of the Titanic. Arbour, whose sister is Ann and cousin is Pearl, coaches the New York of the NHL, an expansion team. How does Arbour feel about his club? Just great. Arbour was in Lethbridge for a press conference Tuesday night and assured me his Islanders were comers. And for a guy who can joke with the best of them, he was serious. Feeling right at home in Lethbridge because of all h.e heifer dust Earl Ingarfield and Gary Kirk fed him, Arbour will wll you his Islanders are young and coming on strong. "We made great improvements on defence last he quite happily admits. "We allowed less goals than the New York Rangers but then so did the Balzac Beavers. Islanders went with two rookie defencemen in Dave Lewis and Dennis Potvin, who Arbour felt was the best blueliner in the game the last half of the year. "Dennis started says Arbour, "but he was brilliant the last half." Potvin was a celebrated offensive-minded defenceman. Even Arbour won't argue the point that Potvin's defensive work was suspect. However, that has all changed. "It was a tough adjustment for Dennis stepping into the NHL right out of Arbour added, "but he made the ad- justment beautifully once he got his confidence." The added year experience is going to help the Islanders more than any other club in the league, even more than the Atlanta Flames who were born the same year as the Islanders and last vear made the playoffs. Arbour is very optimistic about his team's chances this season and even goes so far as to say they will make the playoffs. He is that confident of his charges. An added help will be the realignment of the league to four divisions. Islanders will be in with the Rangers, Flyers and Flames but that doesn't shake Arbour's confidence. He feels his club can hold its own in that division. If for no other reason. Arbour knows his club can handle itself in the rough going. He tells of the first game against the Flyers last year. The first period is a disgrace. The Flyers are running at guys left and right and the Islanders don't know what to do. Retaliation is nowhere in sight. Things changed in the second period as Dave Shultz dropped his gloves with Garry Mowitt. Shultz took a 10-count. Then when Bob Kelly and Moose Dupont fell to blows of Bob Nystrom it was a waltz, as far as the rough stuff went. "The guys could have worn white gloves in the third period and never gotten dirty." laughed Arbour. Arbour had a mission in Lethbridge. He. along with the Lethbridge Broncos, announced that Bryan Trottier would be playing in the Western Canada Hockey League as a member of the Broncos. In making the joint announcement along with Ingarfield. Arbour stated that he would like to have Trottier. But another year of junior, particularly with Ingarfield as his coach, will be the best for Trottier and the Islanders. Arbour knows that Trot- tier will be that much better for it next season. "It will be great for Bryan and the entire WCHL." said Ar- bour. "His career isn't for just one season. He has years of play- ing time ahead." You have to like a guy like Arbour. Any coach of a NHL ex- pansion team who can come to the home of tall tales, and with a straight face tell his team will make the playoffs, has got to be an alright guy. Thorpe up on drug charge Thursday, August LETHBRIDGE HERALD-11 Campbell critical of hockey inquiry Miners honored Trophy winners Wednesday evening were front, left to right, Stan Wasylishen, and Tom McLean. Back, left to right, George Waselenak, Tratch and George Santoni. Don Dietzen, Larry Players endorse series Miners get trophies, head for West Coast TORONTO (CP) The re- port of an Ontario inquiry into violence in amateur hockey drew guarded comment Wednesday from Premier William Davis and criticism from Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League The premier supported Wil- liam McMurtry, a Toronto lawyer who recommended mandatory game-misconduct penalties for fighting on the ice. but stopped short of plac- ing the blame on the NHL. McMurtry was asked by the government last April to in- vestigate violence in amateur hockey in Ontario after Bra- malea withdrew from an On- tario Hockey Association (OHA) Junior B final playoff series against Hamilton because of a fight-filled open- ing game. McMurtry heard six days of testimony from more than 50 witnesses before preparing the 47-page report issued Wednesday. As for players who fight be- ing thrown out of the game, Premier Davis told a news conference he does not know if there is any action the govern- ment might take to make that suggestion mandatory. "My hope I'd like to think we won't be dis- the people who are responsible for amateur hockey in this province will see the wisdom of the premier said. McMurtry also called for expulsion from a game for "deliberate use of the stick for spearing and butt-ending." He said in the NHL there is an emphasis on winning, a growing use of violence as a tactical instrument to achieve victory, and an attempt to sell hockey to a wide audience in the United States "who under- stand a hockey brawl far more easily than the intricacies and finesse of the game." Campbell defended the NHL, describing the report as "a customary product of McMurtry's imagination." "It's just not true at said Campbell. "A great deal of that report is a product of his personal as- sessment for which he has nei- ther the mandate nor the com- petence." The NHL president was also resentful about the amount of the report devoted to the NHL's role. Alan Eagleson. president of the NHL Players' Association and a law firm partner of McMurtry, joined with Camp- bell in his assessment of the report. "There's a great difference between professional and amateur hockey." he said. "In amateur hockey there's no reason for violence. In professional hockey, you take certain risks." McMurtry asked for more government financial aid- aimed partially at expanding the program of referees' clinics. Rene Brunelle, Community and Social Services Minister, announced Wednesday the OHA would receive more money from the government. The granted for refereeing and coaching clinics will be increased by he said. Cliff Phillips. OHA president, who appeared at the inquiry along with Campbell, said his stand on the recommendation that game misconducts be given for fighting has not changed since the hearing. "I'm not at all convinced that a game misconduct is the answer. There is always an inequity in assessing such a penalty." The hockev VANCOUVER (CP) A former Canadian Football League player and tv.'o other men wiii be tried Jan. 9 on a joint charge of possession oi cocaine for trafficking. Jim Thorpe, 20, formerly played with thp Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. TORONTO (CP) Team Canada '74 series with the Soviet Union has now been endorsed by the World Hockey Players' Association Ron Roberts, executive director of the WHPA. said Wednesday the association now is in accord with club owners and "we will do everything possible to make it successful." Roberts recently threatened to pull WHA players out of the series unless he was named to the Team Canada steering committee. Roberts has since been appointed to that body. CHOICE HOUSE on all made-to-measure SUITS Choose among a wide selection of fabrics and styles, tailored to your measure for perfect fit and SAVE Come early for best choice many one-of-a-kind fabrics are available in one-suit-lengths only! CLEARING THE LAST OF OUR ALL-WEATHER COATS 2850 2395 SUE By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Sports Writer It's not often that a team is honored immediately after dropping a 7-1 decision to a visiting club. But that's just what happen- ed to the Lethbridge Miners Wednesday night at Dave Elton Park. No sooner had they dropped an exhibition fastball contest to Calgary Burns Shamrocks than they were being applaud- ed by local fans for taking the Alberta Senior A Mens Fast- ball title earlier this month. The Miners did not appear too concerned about the game itself, as they substituted free- ly to use everyone in a final warm-up for their trip to the Canadian Senior Fastball Championships. The locals took a 1-0 lead when Corrido Santoni scored from first on Dan Santoni's single in the third inning, but the Shamrocks came back for three runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, and then put it away in the seventh on John Speck's three-run homer. Steve Humeniuk, representing Carling O'Keefe Breweries, was on hand after the game to present Miners coach Stan Wasylishen and captain Don Dietzen with the trophy for provincial supremacy. The locals, of course, took the Alberta crown by winning three straight games in the provincial championship tour- nament August 10 and 11. and are heading for Victoria, B.C. this weekend fc.- the Canadian Senior Fastball Cham- pionships. Humeniuk also congratulated three Miners who were outstanding at the Edmonton tournament and made the All-Star team for their efforts. George Waselenak was named the Most Valuable Player in the tourney in addi- tion to his All-Star selection, while George Santoni was selected Best Pitcher and Larry Tratch the Top Hitter. Santoni and Tratch also made the tournament dream team. Following the trophy presentations, Humeniuk presented Miners coach Tom MacLean with a cheque representing Carling O'Keefe's support towards the team's jackets and dufflebags. which have been held up by a manufacturer's delay. The team jackets, however. will be waiting for the Miners when they arrive in Victoria Friday evening. The locals fly out of Lethbridge at p.m. Fri- day and are assured of at least five games in the twelve-team tout narnent. which gets un- derway Sunday. The teams have been divid- ed into two six-team divisions, which will decide their top two ballclubs via the round- robin route. Then, the top two teams in each section will criss-cross for the Canadian semi-finals, with the winners meeting for the national title. The Miners seem to have gotten the short end of the stick in the draw, as most of the top teams are in their division. "We play British Columbia right off the bat at 7 p.m. Sun- says MacLean. "And they look to be as tough as anybody in the tournament." "On top of that, we've got. Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island in our division, and all those clubs can really hit the ball." "But." replies Wasylishen, "we can hit the ball too. We don't have to be afraid of those guys." HOLIDAY BOWL Openings for Morning and Afternoon LADIES LEAGUES Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Wednesday and Friday afternoon, with free coffee and free baby sitting service. Individual ladies or teams new bowlers welcome. We Still Have Openings In Our EVENING MIXED LEAGUES Evenings 7 and 9 p.m. We will be starting a YOUNG ADULTS LEAGUE Sunday Evenings p.m. Couples Individuals or teams interested Holiday Bowl call YBC BOWLERS Bantams, Juniors and Seniors may register anytime between now and the end of August. Registrants will receive a Free Bowling Shirt. Supervisors Instructors will be on hand when League starts Saturday, Sept. 7th. TUESDAYS 9 p.m. Speedy's Ladies' MOM. AND THURS. AFTERNOONS Senior Citizens Golden Age Leagues Starting Mon., Aug. 26th and Thurs. Aug. 29th. SATURDAYS Panda Bowls in Sept. Our Sunday Bowling Special starts in September. For Further Information on any of the above leagues (individuals or teams) PHONE 328-2855 ENGLISH SCOTCH WOOLLEN 'suiting the man-of-the- world OPEN THURS. FRI. NIGHTS TO 9 P.M. Wast End Centre Village Mall Phone 328-8021 In Switzerland, they go to great heights for Canadian Club. There's an inn 2.065 meters up at Kleine Scheielegg in ihe Bernese Alps that serves Canadian Club. Because anything less just wouldn't be worth the climb. All over Switzerland and around the world, when people think of the finest, lightest, smoothest whisky, they think of Canadian Club. Isn't it nice to know the world can get together about something? The finest of fine Canadian whiskies Is "Tht Best In The House" in 87 lands: Afghanistan. Algeria, An-aictira Antigua Argentina Afuba. Australia, Austria. Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium. Bermuda, Brawl. Canada. Canary Islands, Oylon Chile Christmas Island. Costa Rica. Curacao, Denmark, Dominican Republic. Ecuador, Ethiopia. FIJI. Finland. France, Gerrojnv Gibraltar Greece Greenland. Grenada. Guadeloupe. Haiti, Hong Kong. Iceland. India. Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israol lt.ily Jamaica Japan, Jordan, Kenya. Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Malta. Mexico Morocco Nepal Netherlands. New Guinea Nigena, Norway. West Pakistan, Panama, Peru. Philippines, Poland. Portugal. Puerto Ru-o_Sierra'.eonc. Solomon Island-, South Alrica, Spam. Sudan. Sweden, Switzerland, Tahiti, Tanzania. Thailand, Trinidad. Tunisia. Tumey, USSR, Un.ted King'iom, United States. Uruguay. Venezuela. Virgin Islands, Yugoslavia, and Zambia. Canadian Club is distilled and bottled In Walkerville by Hiram Walker Sons Limited ;