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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta __________________Monday, f.bruofy TMl LtlHMIDCE HMAID 7 Johnny Bower speaking about favorite subject None compare with Gordie The Great By DON PILLING I He calls Mr. Detroit Red Herald Sports Editor j Wing amazing. The list of peo- Johnny Bower spent 25 years I pie who'll second the motion is, icking out pucks in profession- I would think, endless. kicking out al hockey. He's seen dozens of hockey players come and go, but, in his books, none compare with The Great One, Gordie Howe. And with that statement Johnny Bower merely confirms what so many of the real ex- perts, the ones travelling hock- ey's main stem, have been say- ing for years now that Gor- die Howe is the greatest hockey player ever to lace on a pair of the necessaries. "Gordie is my fishing buddy and we're close friends have been for said Bower who paid our town a visit Sat- urday as one of the head table guests at the Kinsmen Sports- man's Dinner, "but friend or not, he's the best I've ever seen." "When you talk about ability, Gordie didn't come up short in any said the for- mer mainstay of the Toronto Maple Leafs. "What can I really say about him that hasn't been said a already? He became great because he had everything that's needed to become great. "A Gordie Howe comes along only once in a lifetime, and maybe not that often." Bower was asked to select an all-star team of players he op- posed during his starry stay be- tween the pipes for the Maple Leafs. It took less than a minute for him to get the job done. The late Terry Sawchuk and Glenn Hall, who such superb goal for so many years with Chicago, are his netmind- ers. I Doug Harvey of the Montreal i Canadiens and today's shining! star, brilliant Bobby Orr, are his defencemen. Howe, naturally, gets the call at right wing with Rocket Rich- ard and Boom Boom Geoffrion of the Montreal Canadiens gain- ing honorable mention. Jean Beliveau of Montreal got the nod at centre with honorable mention to Chicago's' Stan Miki- ta. Another Black Hawk, Bobby Hull, patrols the left side on Bower's dream team. About the sensational Orr, Bower says he has all the equipment to possibly one day join Howe at the top of the totem pole. "Bobby is a he says. "He does everything and he does it all so effortlessly. In fact, he reminds me a great deal of Gordie when he first broke into pro hockey, fcut I don't think anybody will everi be as durable as Gordie. Look at now long he's played look at the records." Other one-minute observa- tions by hockey's miracle man of the Boston Bruins should beat out New York for first place in the Eastern Division but the Rangers are a well-balanced club and maybe this could be their year to win the Stanley Cup. Just maybe, but the Bruins must be favored again. The Maple Leafs, with the re- cent acquisition of goaltender Bernie Parent from Philadel- phia, should be a serious con- tender in the playoffs. Unless he's bitten by the in- jury bug, Boston's Phil Espo- sito should shatter all scoring records this year arid become the first man in MIL history io score GO goals ia one season. Bobby Hull packed the hard- est shot he ever handled. Howe and Richard got their drives away quicker than any- body else. And how old is Johnny Bower? Johnny Bower isn't saying. "Just say I'm loo old to be stuck between these rnpes but I'm still young at heart." Bou'er, by the way, was a rather tired individual when the Kinsmen show wciind up Saturday night. A secretary in the Mapla Leaf office got the date con- fused and Bower was on his way to Prince Edward Island to scout a hockey game when Kinsmen publicity director Dwight Jensen finally contact- ed him at midnight Friday in Montreal. Bower caught the first plane West early Saturday morning. Meet Cougars in Calgary luesday Sugar Kings hold down second spot By LLOYD YAMAGISHI Herald Sports Writer The homestanding Lethbridge Sugar Kings of the Alberta Ju- nior Hockey League took over sole possession of second place as they picked Up four big points by dumping the visiting Edmonton Movers twice over the weekend. Sunday afternoon before a packed house, the Kings blank- ed the Movers 4-0 while Satur- day night they bounced the vis- itors 5-1. With the four pomts tacked on the Kings own 21 wins, 12 THERE'S A BIT OF THE NET OPEN SPARKY Johnny Bower, left, look time out Sat- urday to instruct Cincinnati Reds' manager Sparky Anderson a few of the tricks of the trade with regards to goaltending in the National Hockey League. Bower played 13 years with Toronlo Maple Leafs but all he could get Anderson to understand was to keep his legs together. Carmichael., Wolstoncroft honored Saturday night By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Writer "It was the most moving part of the whole said one dinner guest. As has always been the case in past years this year's Leth- bridge Kinsmen Sportsman's Dinner once again paid honor to an outstanding athlete and a sportsman of the year. Saturday night Stan Car- michael was presented with the sterling silver tray which is the Tom Folev Memorial STAN CARMICHAEL RANDY WOLSTONCROFT Eck wins three at Wetaskiwin WETASKIWIN, Alta. (CP) Duane Eck of Felp, Idaho, gained three victories Sunday in the north-Am and Shrine International Snowmo- bile Races. More than watched the WRESTLING TONIGHT! P.M. EXHIBITION AUDITORIUM AUSTIN VS RUPRE 5WEETAN VS HAYES ABDUUAH VS LORENZ 1 Big Tag Bouts races in the sunny 33-degree weather. Eck easily won the first prize win in the Shrine 800 cc final and earlier he pocketed by winning the 650 cc. In the North-Am finals Eck won the 650 cc for He had been leading for nine laps in the 800 cc race when the track on his ski-doo broke. That race was won by last year's North Am champ, Jerry Lust of Colfax, Wash., on a Polaris. Another Polaris rider, Bill Carlson of Calgary, was the nuincrup. award to the sportsman of year. This year's athlete of the year honors went to Randy Wolstoncroft. The athlete re- ceives the Ron Makarenko Memorial trophy. Foley was a leading radio and TV broadcaster before he was killed hi a car accident in Toronto. Makarenko was a Lethbridge broadcaster and promoter of sports in the city before he died. For young Wolstoncroft the honor came.as a complete sur- prise, so much so he could only think of two words, "Thank you." Wolstoncroft is one of Leth- bridge's top five-pin bowlers and according to one instruc- tor he will be hard to beat in a year or two. Last year he was in the top five in the city men's final. This time he was second which prompted his instructor to say "He plays better when the pressure is on." When not bowling Wolston- croft throws a pretty fair fast- ball for the Lethbridge Junior Miners, Alberta champions who played in the Canadian final. Last summer he attend- ed the Montreal Expos camp in Calgary. "I just don't know what to he remarked after the dinner. "It certainly is quite an honor." Wolstoncroft doesn't have to be a man of many words, he lets his bowling and baseball do his talking. Randy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim (Slim) Wolstoncroft. For Carmichael it was per- haps the greatest thrill of his life and he has had a few. A complete surprise, the award had a stunning effect on one of Lethbridge's hardest workers in minor sports, be it hockey, baseball, football or bowling. I guess I'm really an old softee at he said after he gained his composure. There was a tear of gratitude in each eye and as master of ceremonies Erale Afaganis put it, "It takes a grand man to shed a tear." Stan and his wife Joyce, along with son Gerry and daughter Colleen, were honor- ed by the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association some years ago as its family of Ihe year. As his wife put it, "He broke up then but not nearly as much as Saturday." Carmichael received a phone call of congratulations from last year's sportsman of Ihe I year Don McLean. Barbara Home was Ihe alh- Icte of the year in 1'JGD. don pilling SAYS umpires aren't nice guys? Tom Gorman is an umpire, and Tom Gorman is a nice guy. And his talent is not confined strictly to calling balls and strikes. Gorman, a 20-year veteran of the National League umpiring team, belted a home run in the cleanup slot at Saturday night's annual Lethbridge Kinsmen Sportsman's Dinner, one of the best of the 18 that have now been written into the record books. His wit, his great timing and the yarns he spun for 30 minutes left them laughing at the Exhibition Pavilion. And that is the sign of a winner, or, if you prefer, a real pro. Tom Gorman was a hit, king-sized variety, and on the banquet circuit he ranks right alongside another one of those real pros, Joe Garagiola. When you sit down with him to discuss the game of baseball and the players who perform in the United States national pastime he's all business business and extremely interesting. Over the years, of course, he's seen some of the great ones and despite the fact that he was be- hind the plate in only exhibition games when Ted Williams wielded his sizzling stick, he calls the former Boston Red Sox star the greatest hitter he ever saw. "Being a National League umpire, I never called a league game in which Williams was said Gorman, "but I was there for a lot of those Grapefruit league games, and believe me when I tell you that here was the greatest. He had it all the great eyes, timing, reflexes, everything. And I never saw him swing at a bad pitch." There has been a flock of talented ballplayers strut their stuff during Tom Gorman's 20 years as a man in blue, and in the National League he con- siders Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants and the former super star of the St. Louis Cardinals, Stan Musial, the cream of an exceptional crop. Mays gets his vote as the best all-round per- former. "There was nothing Mays couldn't he said. "A great hitter, an excellent base runner and brilliant defensively. I wish I had a dollar for every really difficult play he made look strictly routine." He calls Musial the best hitter he ever saw in the National League. "Like Williams, his timing was something else said this judge of baseballing abilities. "In fact, Musial was a lot like Williams in his approach to hitting, although Williams had more power and pulled the ball a great deal more." What about Johnny Bench, the brilliant 22-year- old Cincinnati Red catcher? "He's got it said Goiman. "He's the best I've seen since Roy Campanella. All things being equal, he could become a great, one of the all- time greats." As far as the 1971 National League race is con- cerned, he sees a real dog-fight developing in both divisions. He figures Cincinnati is the team to beat in the one division again but looks for the Los An- geles Dodgers to be a darkhorse. In the Eastern Division he feels there are four or five clubs which could nail down the spoils, and that includes the Cardinals, Pittsburgh, the Mets and the Cubs. When the spring call to play hall sounds in March for the pre-season schedule, Tom Gorman will be starting his 21st year in the umpiring pro- fession, and he has no plans, no plans at all, of retiring. "I love what I'm he said, "even though that may sound somewhat strange to hear some- body say he loves to umpire. I only hope I'll still be donning the blue suit for another nine years." He's 51 and retirement age is GO. 1 wish him well. This man is a professional. 1 hope he'll come back and see us again. The welcome mat is out. losses and five ties good for 49' points while the Calgary Mount Royal Cougars v.'ho were idle this weekend sit with 21 wins, 13 losses and six ties for 48 points. In Sunday's encounter the Kings had complete control throughout the game as they held period scores of 1-0 and 3-0 skating to the easy victory. Lanny McDonald picked up the first period goal at the mark slipping it past the Mov- ers' goaltender Brian Rimmer while Derek Black and Ken Dodd followed up with a goal etch in the second. Don Southern rounded out the scoring as he. deflected one off Rimmer in the early stages of the third period. John Davidson gained the shut-out as he blocked 20 Mover shots while Rimmer was called upon to make 43 saves. Only two minor penalties were called in trie cleanly- played affair with the clubs splitting the total. It was nearly the same story Saturday night as the K in g s didn't have too much problem disposing of the Movers. After two periods of play, the Sugar Kings led 2-1 and blasted in three unanswered goals hi the final period. Ken Dodd, Archie McLennan, Derek Black, Lanny McDonald and Dave George each blinked the light once as they led the way for the Kings. For the Movers Bob Cutler averted a shut-out with his goal at the mark of the first period. The Sugar Kings outshot the Movers 39-15 and took four of the ten minor penalties called. Don Southern was also nailed for a 10-minute misconduct. Edmonton Maple Leafs de- feated Ponoka Stampeders 6-2 in a fast-paced game Saturday. Both goaltenders were busy, with Edmonton's Larry Hend- ricks stopping 47 shots and Pon- oka's Graham Parsons blocking 38. Maple Leafs led 3-1 at the end of the first period and their was no scoring in the second. Gary Kakolski and Dave Bowler paced the Maple Leafs with two goals each and Glen Kozak and Fred Comrie added singles. Evan McPhedran netted both Stampeder markers. Ponoka took five of the minor penalties. About 500 fans were on hand for the game. Brian Ogilvie scored three consecutive goals to lead Red Deer Rustlers to a 5-2 win over Ponoka Stampeders. Sunday. Mickey Gerard and Dave An- drushiw scored the .others as Ed Lychak, and Ray Eansley got the Ponoka goals. Stampeders led 2-1 after the first period and the Ruslters tied the score 2-2 at the end of the second. LETHBRIUGE 5 EDMONTON 1 First Period 1. Edmonton, Cutler (Bainey. Gusnattf) 2. Lejti- bridge, Dodd (Chalmers) 3. Lelhb ridge, McLennan (McDonald, Paskuski) Penalties Snowden, McCrea. Second Period No scoring. Penal- ties LeUcheur, Wolansky. Third Period i. Lethbridge, Black (McCrea, Robertson-i 5 Leth- bridge McDonald (George) 6. Lethbridge, Georqe (McDonald) Penalties Hughes, Mutch, Black, Robertson, Southern, (10 misconduct) Cutler, Wolansky. LETHBRIDGE 4 EDMONTON 0 First Period 1. Lethbridge, Mc- Donald (Robertson, Davidson) Penalties none. Second Lethbridge, Black {McDonald, Robertson) 3. Leth- bridge, Dcdd (Gcsrgc, Andreachuk) Penalises Hughes. Third Period 4. Lethbridge, South- ern Penalties southern ANDY CAPP FANCY BEINSSTOPPEO ON THE STREET AN1 TOLCb THAT -fER. MISSUS 'ASN'T PAID 'ER SHE'S CORNERED. THE MARKET More sport Comets click in Regma Magrath tops Magrath Eagles came up with top honors at their own invitation "B" boy's basketball tournament. Eagles, with Burns Alston hooping 20 points, stopped St. Mary's Warriors 66-51 in the final, Scott Carry canned 16 for the Warriors. In the third place final Card- ston Wildcats edged Nanton Knights 36-32. Corey Beck paced Cardston with 16 points. Clark Hunter re- plied with nine for the Knights. In the consolation final Ray- mond Mustangs dumped Cath- olic Central Flyers with Walter Zobell hitting for 24 points. Paul Kenwood and Terry Kaupp each had 12 in a losing cause. An all-star team and most valuable player awards were presented Saturday night. Dav- id Weasel Head of St. Mary's was named the most valuable as well as an all-star while joining him were Hunter of Nanton, Zobell of Raymond, Alston and Bob Rice of Mag- rath. In other Saturday action Catholic Central downed LCI Colts 32-28, Raymond trimmed Warner Warriors 44-38, Mag- rath won out over Cardston 60-39 and St. Mary's belted Nan- ton 45-33. C05IETS WIN REGINA (CP) Raymond Comets won the Luther invita- tional basketball tournament Saturday by defeating Regina Miller Marauders 65-48 in the final. For the Comets, It was their eighth title in 11 years, and their fourth consecutive. In the semi-finals Comets won 80-55 over Regina Tartans and Regina Marauders defeat- ed Glen Lawn Lions of Winni- peg 63-52. Glen Lawn took third place in the tournament with a 56-33 win over Hegina Tartans. on page 8 Show us. Show yourself. In the Canadian Armed Forces you'll have a real opportunity for modern infantry training hi a man's world of action among men. We're interested in you and we look after you. You'd get experience and good pay. You'll enjoy the benefits of 30 days leave each year. As as the opportunity to see new places. The Military Career Court- seflor will give you al! the de- tails on the infantry- makt your move. BRIDGE TOWN HOUSE MOTEL 12 Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1971 and Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1971. THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ;