Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
W.dnesday, Decimbtr 16, 1970 THE IEIHBRIDGE HERAID 15 Stan, Fischler's Inside Hockey WHEN WALT TKACZUK held out for a superstar's salar last Fall, there were 24 people who believed he d( served it, and they all were NHL. goaltenders. Tkaczuk has been the balance-wheel of New York' "Bulldog Line" with either Bill Fairbairn or Jack Egers on right wing and Dave Baton on the left. "I knew Walter would be a good one as soon as I put on a says Baton who has enjoyed a scoring ren- aissance since meeting Tkaczuk. "He's playing as well as any centre I've ever played with and that includes some of the best, including Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard." The studious looking but quietly funny Tkaczuk learnec his hockey in Canada. But before Walter landed in South Porcupbie, Ont. he was part of a weird odyssey that started near the end of World War II when Walter's father, a gold-miner, escaped the battle-scarred Ukraine and wound up as a displaced person in Emstedetten, Germany. Waller was born in Emstedetten and two years later his father emigrated to Canada. When the elder Tkaczuk found gold-mining work in Northern Ontario be sent for his wife and child. Were it not for hockey, Walter might very well be miner today. When school was out he would accompany his dad and plumb the depths of The Dome and other mines in the South Porcupine Area. "I'd go down as far as Tkaczuk recalls. "Once, a man next to my father got killed. There was a rock fall and the man was crushed. Luckily, my father came out of it without a scratch." By this time he had been discovered by Ranger scout Scotty On- and moved to New York's farm team at Kitch- ener. The gangly, fragile looking kid instantly turned off several of the Kitchener hockey brains but coaches Wally Kullman and Steve Brklacich persuaded them not to send Tkaczuk home. In time he filled out and developed into a Bunyanesque skater. "Once when he was only 16 I put Mm on the ice when our club was two men recalls Brklacich. "Our club was up against Wiagara Falls which had Gilles Marotte, Ron Schock and Bill Goldsworthy among others. They haven't scored yet." Tkaczuk soon became the hit of Kitchener: a good player who also was modest and sensitive. "The first thing he did when he got his bonus says a friend from Kitchener, "was buy his father a new car.'1 Tkaczuk's only critic appears to be Walter, himself. "I don't skate well enough to suit he insists. "I don't have a fast enough start. And I don't think my shot is hard enough." He also insists he can't fight, can't this and can't that. Which gets nothing but a laugh from his boss, E m i 1 e Francis. "You haven't seen anything says Francis about his crack centre. "He goes where the puck says Brklacich. "He fights for it and when he gets it, he's a hard man to knock off the tiling." That's something that even Tkaczuk will admit. "It was that way a lot in juniors, says Walter. "I don't know, maybe the puck is my friend." He couldn't say that all his Ranger teammates were his friends when he first joined the NHL club. For several weeks a pair of New York veterans made a habit of needling Tkaczuk in the dressing room. Finally, one night the diffident Walter got to his feet and snapped: "I'm goki' to show you guys how to play Funny thing is, he. did too. Stanley Cup not missing TORONTO (CP) Ha, ha, ha, culprits! That's not the real Stanley Cup you swiped from the National Hockey League's Hall of Fame. Boys' and Girls' SKATE EXCHANGE PROFESSIONAL SKATE SHARPENING PER FAIR 500 Check Us For The test Team Prices On VICTORIAVILIE and CCM HOCKEY STICKS Check ut for ihe best learn prices in Southern Alhertd. BERT MACS CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-3221 Open Thurs. Fri. Till 9 p.m. "Serving South Alberta for over 30 years." The real cup, presented in 1893 by Lord Stanley of Pres- ton, is locked up in a vault. Clarence Campbell, the NHL president, in an inter- view with the Toronto Star, says: "We have all ttie original parts of the Stanley Cup, ex- cept a few bands (stolen ear- lier from the Hall of Fame) so nothing historic is miss- ing." A replica of the cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy (for out- standing performance in the playoffs) and the Bill Master- ton Trophy (awarded by hockey writers) were stolen Dec. 11. The latter two are originals. The original Stanley Cup is too old and fragile to be used and now a replica of the rep- lica may be needed. "It's a perfect reproduc- Mr. Campbell said of the stolen cup. "The names of players from winning teams in the early are on it." The three stolen trophies were created by Carl Peter- sen, a Danish silversmith who lives in Montreal. Owner Tose upset Some heads may roll if Eagles lose Sunday PHILADELPHIA (A P) Owner Leonard Tose of Phila- delphia Eagles expects a con- vincing final-game victory over Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday or the heads of general manager Pete R e t z 1 a ff and-or coach Jerry Williams may roll. Tose, who is shocked over the 2-10-1 record of his National Football League Club, said the result of the Pittsburgh gam would help him make a numbe of personnel decisions. 'I expect a convincing victor over said Tose who two seasons ago bought th Eagles for named Retzlaff as general mai ager. Retzlaff picked William a successful coach in Canadia Football League with Calgar Argos indicate their interest TORONTO (CP) John Bas sett said today he would pa "whatever would be necessary to acquire quarterback Rus Jackson for Toronto Argonaut of the Eastern Football Confer ence. "I would be in favor of paying Dies after surgery KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) 19-year-old Tennessee fresh man football player, Jack Stroud Jr., died Tuesday nigh ifter he underwent surgery on u's shoulder and encounterec Dost-operative complications. University Hospital officials aid Stroud's death followed n u s u a 1 post-operative reac- ion" and did not elaborate. Stroud, son of Jack' Strouij r., a standout lineman 11 years nth New York Giants of the National Football League, was a iillback and defensive back for le Baby Vols this fall. He had undergone corrective .irgery at the hospital earlier n the day for an old shoulder ilment. Young Stroud is at least the ighth person associated with le university's athletic pro- rani to have died tragically in le last years. In 1964, Vol assistant basket- all coach Bill Gibbs was killed i a plane crash in Gainesville, la. In October, 1965, three UT otball Majors, harles Rash and Bob ere killed in a car-train colli- on near here. Tennessee football players om Fisher and John Crun- acher were killed in a car reck near Ocoee, Tenn., in :arch, 1966. And in December, I960, diver dwin A. Collins Jr. was found hot to death near a highway utside Denton, Tex. Joupfs stay inbeciten Capri and Doug's registered ard-fought wins Monday in ity Men's Basketball League ction. In the first game Gerry Ko- lib scored 26 points as Capri iwned Cardston 75-64 while in e second game Don McClain t for 27 points as Doug's won 'er Campus Kings 92-84 after ve minutes of overtime. Athol Thomas chipped in with points for Capri while Duane uinton, with 15 and Orville emmeway, with 14, were- top en for Cardston. Bill Kenney added 20 points McClain's output to k e e p otig's unbeaten in the league, ihn Molyneaux canned 21 for o Kings with Mel Wolsey ing up with 18, A R A MFMRFR BARBERSHOPS IN LETHBRIDGE WILL BE OPEN AU DAY MONDAY, DEC. 21sf AND MONDAY, DEC. 28th AND WILL BE CLOSED SAT., JAN. 2nd, 1971 whatever would be necessary t get Bassett said on learn ing that Jackson was consider ing a comeback after a one-year retirement from Ottawa Roug Riders. Bassett, chairman of the Ar gonauts board of directors, sai he didn't learn about the possi bility of Jackson's return to Ca nadian football until Monday when he returned from a visi to England. "That was the first thing the customs' man asked me. 'Wouir Argonauts be Bassett said he hasn't dis cussed a possible deal for Jack SOP with Argonauts presiden Lew Hayman or the coaclmiL staff "but my own feelings are that it would be fantastic if we could get Jackson." "He probably could play for Tour or five years if he wantec lo play that long." Ottawa coach Jack Gotta sak Jackson is keen on going to British Columbia Lions when fie will be able to study for a master's degree in education a Jie University of British Colum jia. Ja.ckson has said only that he would be interested in playing again if the terms were right ie is believed to be seeking a year to make a come- laek. Vfiner's teams lead league The Lethbridge Shuffleboard League reached the half way mark last week and finds the wo Mine r's Library teams leadlocked for first place. After eight series' the Lamps and Best each have 12 points in five wins, two ties and a ingle loss. The two clubs have :ach beaten the other once. Individually Jim Buttazzoni and Frank Wince of the Min- r's Lamps and Vic Arelis and 3oug McKenzie of the Army, 'and Air Force each have 4 wins and eight losses while ack O'Sullivan and Bob San- ord of the Lamps have a 23-9 ecord. TANOINGS liner's Lamps AIner's Be5f Navy abor Club..... Iks......... NDIVIDUAL SCORING W L rails, McKsnzie, ANAF 2! s utlazont, wince, ML..... 24 8 anford, O'Sullivan, ML 23 9 odsalve, Vrecko, MB 22 10 akarenko, Saler, MB 21 11 ensch, Plelt, ANAF...... 2! 11 lage, K. Ruff, ML 19 13 udeikat, Sudeikat, LC IB 14 vetko, Williams, LC..... 17 15 allie, Blacker E 16 16 lulhreau, Sullivan MB 15 17 Dorogdl, Smallface E 15 17 Dorogdi, Young, E....... u 18 Ruff, Russako, ML....... 13 19 cCormack, Romczuk, MB 11 21 Coutfs, Vanderhulst, ANAF 11 21 inn, Sfuckerf, E 10 32 ew, Trcbble, LC 10 22 arshau, Klinhammer LC 9 23 Us, Larsen, ANAF...... 7 25 Stampcders. Bolh are workin in the second year of contracts. 'I don't mean a lucky vi said Tose. "We're beyon the point where we have to b lucky to win. "A 14-13 victory or a 13-131 wouldn't please me. And Pittsburgh should beat us, s; 45-0, I would have to say th we haven't done a n y t h i n right." The 56-year-old Tose, a m lionaire trucking firm operate said in an interview that he he himself responsible for selectin the personnel running the E gles. PLANS HE-EVALUATION "I plan to re-evaluate ever thing here to see if we stay p or make some Tos said. "There has to be a strongi word than disappointed to d scribe my feelings about th season. "We can't continue this vein. What we're doing radically wrong. I have som general ideas and there will b a lot of talking after the Pitt burgh game, some before loo. Would he fire Retzlaff and-i Williams? "I have not precluded th idea, nor have I made any sue Tose replied. "We owe the fans here a wl ning team and I mean nej year, not 10-years from now." Tose said he wrote off th first year for Williams as one o organizing a new staff. "Th. year I think he has had a fai shot." the owner added. "Th question in my mind is. 'isn't h entitled to the third year' That's the hard part. Certain! no one is entitled to more tha that (three Trevino official winner NEW YORK (AP) It's offi cial. Lee Trevino is the leading money winner of the year i )rofessional golf. Official Professional Golferi Association statistics release( Tuesday following the comple tion of the 1970 schedule show ed Trevino with earnings o Trevino was also the poin eader with The PGA will use the tournament points o help determine the automa ic exemptions for the 1971 our. Billy Casper was runner-up n the money category with while young Larry Hin on finished second in points vith The Top Ten point lead- :rs for 1970: 1. Lee Trevino 2. -airy Hinson 3. Bob 4. Bruce Cramp- on 5: Homero Blancas ,379.5; 6. Frank Beard Dave Hill 8. Dave tockton 9. Tommy 10. Bob Murphy ,228.6. Top Ten money-winners for 970 figures in parentheses in- icate number of tournaments ompleted, victories and times n top five: 1. Lee Trevino (33-2-9) 37; 2. Billy Casper (2CM-5) 3. Bruce Crampton 31-1-3) 4. Jack Nick- aus (21-2-8) 5. Arnold aimer (22-1-8) 6. lick Lotz (24-2-5) 7. rank Beard (26-2-5) Larry Hinson (29-0-9) 97; 9. Bob Murphv (33-1-5) 10. Dave Hill (25-1-7) CLEARANCE SALE ON PREMIUM BELTED DUNLOP BLIZZARD BREAKER TIRES NOW CLEARING AT WHOLESALE PRICES WHILE STOCK IA5TS GREAT WEST TIRE LTD. 1203 2nd AVE. S. PHONE 328-2443 NOT IMPRESSED John Jr., three-year-old son of Canadians' forward John Fergu- son, seems less than pleased with his showing as a potential hockey player in Monday. The occasion the annual party for players' children. First big triumph Clifford posts win VAL D'ISERE, France (Reu- :er) Betsy Clifford of Ottawa icorded her second major inter- national victory when she won he women's special slalom at he Criterium de la Premiere Veige World Cup ski competi- ion here today. Miss Clifford completed the wo legs in 71.63 seconds to beat 'lorence Steurer of France by 59-100ths of a second. Miss Clifford, who turned 17 ast Oct. 15, was placed fourth after the first leg, more than a ull second behind Miss Steurer. But in a superb second leg the young Canadian clocked almost wo seconds faster than the French girls to snatch first ilace. Third was Wiltrud Drexel ol Austria, with Britt Lafforgue of France fourth and Barbara Cochrane of the United States fifth. Miss Clifford was only 14 when she was picked for the Canadian national ski team, the youngest member ever. Strong and determined, she has been improving right along and some say this might be her year in the World Cup, an honor that last went to a Canadian when Nancy Greene Raine of Ross- land, B.C., won it after the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. Miss Clifford picked up 25 first-place points today to move right up with the leaders after two World Cup races. Betsy started the season Sat- urday in the downhill at Bardo- necchia, Italy, in the first Cup test but she could do no better than 18th. That race was won by Francoise Macchi of France. Her victory today was her first big one of the young sea- son, but she is not exactly new to the winner's circle in topf- light competition. Miss Clifford is a world cham- pion in her own right, having taken the gold medal in the giant slalom last Feb. 14 at Val Gardena, Italy, where the world championships were held. In fact, she was the only Canadian to take home a gold medal. Miss Macchi, the downhill winner Saturday, was a one- point World Cup leader with 29 points. She placed seventh today. Miss Steurer was second with 28 points. values for the gift shopper Featuring many specie or to wear right now MEN'S AND BOYS' SUITS AND CO-ORDINATES Choose from singlo or double breasted jacket! In wide rangs of colors and patterns. Just in time for Christmas Balance or Men's Bulky Knit and Double Knit SWEATERS In either cardigan or pullover styles. n Clearing Now at.............. 72 "H Men Fine Regular ALPACAMA BOYS7 BARGAINS! 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