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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Dtctmoer FINDING OUT first hand some of the problems of the Wisconsin's Gov. Patrick J. Lucey spends a working day in a wheel chair. The governor was assist- ing the state's Paraplegic Foundation's the Han- campaign. STAN FISCHLER The future of the World Hockey Association will be decided by two groups of in order of importance the and the sports attorneys If enough fans show up for WHA there will be enough money to pay for skaters such as Frank Ken Dryden and Rick all of whom could wind up playing for Toronto s 1974-75 Toros And if enough sports attorneys such as Al Eagleson and reps such as Gerry Patterson have faith in the new league they'll then deliver more skaters next year and bring NHL-WHL parity still closer The Montreal-based Patterson gave the WHA a major booster shot when he delivered Mark and Marty Howe to the Houston Aeros He did it because he figures the WHA is here to stay The new says more last season than any other organization in sport in its first As time goes the WHA can grow stronger The WHA moves ahead while the NHL doesn't know where it stands the most powerful man in hockey will help the WHA as much as possible He does have selfish you know As long as the WHA a merger will be successfully fought by Eagleson s NHL Players' Association Such a says the only hurt the players Before the WHA came along the average NHL salary was Now it's Okay one two you NHL cheerleaders Let's hear it now The Quebec Nordiques couldn't land Jean Beliveau and are all the better for not that Gros ever really intended a comeback this season Galvanic Rejean Houle and Serge Ber- nier have become instant hits m the Citadel much better than Grandpa Jean could have been Those close to Beliveau tell me he never intend a comeback Then why the late Summer talk that he was interested in the Quebec WHA said a Beliveau felt he had offended some hockey fans in Quebec when Guy Lafleur turned down the WHA to stay with the Canadiens last year In they felt that Lafleur was influenced by Beliveau When the Nordiques came to Beliveau this Jean was very lavish in his praise of the WHA team and felt that he soothed the wounds But he was just being the gentleman and diplomat He was much too heavy to consider playing again Do you think goalie Ed Johnston of the Toronto Maple Leafs will return to Boston next year and sign with the WHA New England Whalers' Johnston says but others think otherwise At the mo- ment it is in Ed's best interest to deny the I'm-going-to-the- WHA yarn which was sewn recently at a Boston farewell party for Johnston After Ed surely does not want to undermine the Maple Leafs' playoff drive at this juncture Johnston's business interests still are in Boston His Ted is captain of the Whalers at last the New England club had about as much money to offer the ex-Bruin as the Maple Leafs Speaking of many respected Montreal hockey- watchers are wondering just why the Canadiens are keeping such a tight rein around their especially after los- ing Ken Dryden to the law and eventually the WHA It's clear that Dryden had very little to lose when he walked out of The Forum for the last time last Spring at the same it also has been learned that the Canadiens' owners could have retained Dryden as early as last winter by renegotiating Ken's contract instead of sitting on their wallets Dryden was beefing to friends in the middle of last season about the Canadiens' frugality Had Sammy Pollock sweetened his goaltenders' pot enough at that Dryden would be in front of the Montreal pipes today instead of m front of the books But the Canadiens seem intent for either moral or economic purposes to keep the lid on skyrocketing salaries Their theory will work until the day that Frank Mahovlich walks out on tne Montreal organization next summer Montreal left winger Steve Shutt got a few laughs recently when he told Red Fisher of The Montreal Star that he would in- stall one-way windows and a telephone in his 1956 Bentley The reason for the phone was obvious. But why the win- dows9 said can drive along the roads in the nude and make obscene phone calls a pause the other hand that probably wouldn't work out too well I'd have too much trouble at the toll booths Soviets do it again SAULT STE Ont Alexandra Lobanov got three goals and two assists Wednesday night to lead Moscow Selects to an 11-1 win over Sault Ste Mane Greyhounds in an exhibition hockey game before fans It was the Selects' fourth consecutive lopsided vrctory in an eight-game Canadian tour The Selects led 3-1 after the first period and 8-1 after the second while outshootmg the Ontario Hockey Association Major Junior A team 32-10 and 47-18 over-all Power crisis hurts soccer LONDON Soccer hit by Britain's power are asking for Sunday matches or a one-mo th shut- down to save them fron bank- ruptcy Because of a ban on games are starting early Midweek usually played in the are being staged in the afternoon before sparce crowds John c airman of Wolverhamton said would like the season halted for a mo th and then ex- tended at the scheduled end next May We can' afford to play games at the moment Because of the early kick-offs First Division clubs are losing 10.000 spectators a match Wolverhampton got a lot of support But other in- cluding Bir- mingham City and would rather have league games switched from Satur- day to Sundays soccer has never been played in Britain on a Sun- day It would need an act of parliament Under British law. nobody is allowed to charge for admission to a sports event on Sunday Many clubs in t e English third and fourth divisions could not afford a month's shutdown They have to go on paying their players' wages and they would have no reven- ue coming in Ted general manager of First Division ob- jected for another reason we shut down for a it could make it difficult to get the fans back later in the he warned Meanw lie the teams are all set to battle on for the mo- ment under present con- except those that own their own generators These only a handful are able to start their games later and finish them under floodlights NEW YORK Com- missioner Pete Rozelle Mon- day announced the following dates and sites for the National Football League's divisional Dec. 22 the National Conference's Central Division will play host to the HFC wild card team Dalls or At- lanta starting at 11 MST The American Conference's West Division champ Oakland or Denver- will pay host to the AFC wild-card Cincinnati or Buffalo at 2 p m MST Sunday Dec. 23 the AFC East Divi- sion will be host to the AFC Central cham- Pittsburgh or 1 a.m. MST. The NFC East champion Dallas or Washington will play host to Los the HFC West at 2 p m MST f Dec. 30 The HFC title game will be played at the site of the winner of the West-East divisional playoff Angeles at Dallas or The priority ro- tation for the FC champion- snip game site is Central Kickoff times have not yet been determined S10 BRINGS YOU A tfte m M'nftS AOO CTCF FROM CHARTERED CAISSES POPU- CREDIT UNIONS AND AUTHORIZED AGENTS. anpic Canada FIRST FIRST SERVED ;