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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, February 18, 1975 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD 13 Stan Fischler A hockey debate? Instead of continually assailing our ears and eyes with the likes of "colour" men such as Howie Meeker, Dick Irvin and Brian MacFarlane, the network TV hockey geniuses might do well to stage a knock-down-drag-out debate between Ted Lindsay and any challengers. If I was promoting the bout, I'd put Lindsay on between the first and second periods of any game with Al Eagleson, the man who chronically weeps for all stickhandlers earning more than a year. By my calculations, Hall of Famer Lindsay ought to verbal- ly wipe out The Eagle in less than three minutes. In the second intermission, I'd pit Lindsay against a WHA- type. My ideal choice would be New England Whalers' Presi- dent Howard Baldwin for two reasons: (a) Baldwin, like Lind- say, once was a professional athlete (baseball catcher) and (b) Baldwin would like nothing better than to rip Lindsay for "Terrible Ted's" frequent anti-WHA jibes. Baldwin has been taking notes on Lindsay's monologues. He resents many of Ted's charges about the WHA being the prime culprit in the decline and fall of pro hockey quality. Here is Baldwin's exclusive answer to the Lindsay arguments. "Naturally, when 12 teams are added to the already ex- isting structure of a professional sport, there is bound to be a dilution said Baldwin. "I also agree with your com- ments that many players are not performing to their capabilities and I further agree that there are players in the game today who perhaps wouldn't be, under ordinary circum- stances. "However, Ted, don't you think it is too.simple to blame all of the above on the WHA? Don't you think that by increasing their number of teams from 6 to 18 within seven years, that the National Hockey League has had something to do with your criticisms of the game today, and within two years they will be adding four more teams? "As a former player, don't you realize how grossly under- paid you were in relation to team profits during your tenure with the Red Wings? You are fortunate in that you have con- tinued to be employed by the NHL, but how many of your associates have not been quite as fortunate? For that matter, the WHA has, in fact, created good jobs for former players and given them the opportunity to exercise their skills as operators. "The WHA has many plusses which you have chosen to overlook. For years the NHL only had two teams in Canada. The WHA started with four and in its second year went to five. More importantly, the WHA has proven that cities such as Win- nipeg, Edmonton and Quebec, always ignored by the NHL, are truly great hockey cities. "I would be the first to admit we have made some mistakes in our selections of cities for the WHA, but don't pound your chest over Oakland, Pittsburgh and Detroit, and only time will tell how Washington and Kansas City will accept their expan- sion.teams. "I take particular exception to your remarks about the peo- ple running the WHA and their reasons for investing. I have been an owner and an operator in the WHA since its inception. I invested because I love the game of hockey and could not afford the investment of the NHL. I will match the Whalers' ownership and the Whalers' organization with any in professional hockey. I will match Jack Kelley's ability as a General Manager with any in professional hockey. "Perhaps your efforts should be geared toward doing something constructive for professional hockey such as calling for a meeting of all hockey people, including player's reps, so that we all might sit down and intelligently discuss some of the mutual problems that you and I both know exist." The next space will be made available for Lindsay whenever he wants it. Trottier closes in on Bridgman SASKATOON (CP) Mel Bridgman of Victoria Cougars had three objectives at the beginning of the Western Canada Hockey League season. The Cougar captain wanted to break all the team scoring records for goals, assists and points as well as lead Victoria to the Western Division pen- nant and the WCHL playoff championship. As of today, Bridgman has one objective tucked safely away. He has scored his 50th goal of the season, eclipsing the previous mark of 47 set last season by Brad Anderson. Bridgman's 70 assists and 120 points are already club records as he continues to lead the WCHL individual scoring race, but his margin of security dwindled during the past week however. Bryan Trottier of Lethbridge boosted his statistics to 37 goals and 78 assists for 115 points, five back of Bridgman with three games in hand. Don Murdoch of Medicine Hat remained in third position with 109 points including a league leading 64 goals while Don Ashby of Calgary Centennials moved ANDY CAPP into fourth spot with 94 points. Bill Oleschuk of Saskatoon Blades widened his lead among the goaltenders lower- ing his goals against average to 3.00 with his third shutout of the season Sunday against Regina Pats. Oleschuk's shutout total is also tops in the WCHL. Gord Laxton of New West- minster kept his iron man str- ing intact by blanking Lethbridge 6-0 for his first shutout of the season. Laxton has played in all 53 Bruins games and became the first netminder to pass the minute total with Larry Hendrick of Calgary leads in saves with .Jerry Rollins of Winnipeg Clubs is still the WCHL penal- ty minute leader with 395. SCORING LEADERS Q Bridgman Vic...........50 Trottier Leth............37 Murdoch Mad Hat ......64 Ashby Cal..............43 Lucas Vic ..............46 Faulkner Reg...........42 Morris Vic..............34 Dean Med Hat..........32 Blight Brndn............45 Gosselin F Fin..........34 Federko Sask...........30 A Pit 70 120 78 115 45 109 51 94 45 91 47 89 55 89 56 88 40 85 51 85 It's off to Winnipeg for tonight's game Short-handed Broncos triumph VICTORIA (Special) Vic- toria Cougars may have ex- pected things to be somewhat different Monday evening when Lethbridge Broncos paid a Western Canada Hockey League visit. Broncos, playing with just eight forwards Sunday even- ing against New Westminster Bruins, appeared to be easy pickings for the tough Cougars who thumped the Broncos 13-1 on their last swing west. However, the Broncos got third period goals from Doug Gillespie, Gary Wagner and Ron Delorme to hand the Cougars a 5-3 setback before fans. The Cougars led 3-2 heading into the final 20 minutes of play but found the scoring door slammed shut by former teammate Glen Anweiler. Anweiler was sent to the Broncos earlier in the season after spending two months with the Cougar affiliate Nanaimo Clippers of the B.C. Junior Hockey League. The Saskatoon native made 43 saves, including 17 in the final period as the Cougars pressed for the win but were thwarted. Jerry Bancks and Victoria native Bill Jobson were the other Bronco marksmen while Kurt Fraser, Rick Lapointe, and Mel Bridgman, with his 50th goal of the season, scored for the Cougars who lead the western division of the 12- team league, Broncos, who will be in Winnipeg this evening, are in second place in the eastern division. Victoria netminder Bob Leslie made 22 saves in the fast, cleanly played game in which only six minor penalties, three to each team, were called. Broncos, who now play four games in the east, will once again dress just eight forwards according to coach Earl Ingarfield. "We just cannot afford any more he said Mon- day upon his arrival in Vic- toria. Just prior to game time, Ingarfield wasn't sure what combinations he would use for the Cougar game but whatever they were they seem to have worked. Broncos have, besides .Stan Jensen and Brian Suiter, forwards Les Crozier, Terry Bucyk and Archie Henderson out of the line-up. Crozier is at home in Lethbridge with a bad back while Bucyk suffered a cracked bone in his foot. Henderson has what appears to be a broken hand after a fight Sunday night in New Westminster. On top of all that Gillespie is playing with a groin injury. "We played just great in added Ingarfield, proud of his club's 5-4 win and 5-5 draw in two games. guys just played super in both games." O. J. leads superstars ROTONDA, Fla. (AP) J. Simpson moved into a com- manding lead over defending champion Kyle Rote Jr. and 1973 victor Bob Seagren after the first five events Monday in the Superstars finals, A first place in bowling with a score t of 185 Monday night gave Simpson 29V4 points entering the final five events today. He placed second in three other events tennis, rowing and weight lifting. The running star .of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills is aiming at 001) first-place money. Rote, a soccer player for Dallas Tornado, won the ten- nis and swimming competi- tion and had 22 points. Pole vaulter Seagren, winner of the first Superstars competition in 1973, was in third place with 17 points on a first in rowing and second in swimming. Meanwhile Western Canada Hockey League fans in Flin Flon, were treated to a free- wheeling game Monday and what made the encounter more enjoyable was the fact the home-playing Bombers came out on top of a 10-8 deci- sion over Regina Pats. It .was as if the defence on both teams took a 60-minute break in Flin Flon as both Veledrome has roof MONTREAL (CP) The controversial Velodrome for the 1976 Summer Olympics has its roof- in a permanent position Monday. During the weekend, engineers and architects rais- ed the roof oh the venue for the cycling events several inches to rest on its four permanent abutements, permitting the removal of temporary support scaf- folding necessary during early stages of construction. The one-piece, roof will allow spectators an unobstructed view of the cycl- ing track. One of the largest domes ever built, it is an im- portant conernstone in the over-all construction plan for the main Olympic stadium and swimming pool. Some of the steel scaffolds, previously used to support the roof, will be used in building the swimming pool. Claude Phaneuf, superinten- dent of public works for the City of Montreal at the Olym- pic site, said the figure included some of the cost of the swimming pool. Games schedule (for Wwlnwd.y, February 19) Bluing 1 All weight 7 weight Figure Skating 8 B 10 Hock.y 12 vs. 3 vs. 5 vs. 5 vs. 9 vs. 9 vs. Judo 2-5 2-5 7 7 Tinnli 9 R. teams In 2 W. R. Myers, teams In 6 p.m. yy. R. Myers. teams in Volleyball Hun 2 of vs 3 of vs 4 of vs 2 vs 3 p.m.-Blsirmora-N.W.T. vs B.C.-186 4 vs of vs of vs of vs vs p.m.-Blairmore-N.B. vs P.6.I.-187 vs Woman 2 vs 3 vs 4 vs vs vs vs Weight Lining 1 7 teams darted up and down the ice taking shots on the op- ponent's net. Bombers, who were outshot 42-39 in the game but still con- structed period leads of 3-2 and 8-5, got three goals from Rich Gosselin and two each from Jeff McDill and Steve Montgomery. Singles for the Bombers were netted by Bob Watson, Blair Davidson and Kelly Kehoe. Rob Tudor provided most of the scoring punch for Regina with three goals. Dave Faulkner, with two, Drew Callander, Allan Dumba and Jim Minor rounded out the scoring. BRONCOS 5 VICTORIA 3 First Period: 1. Victoria. Fraser (Gustalson) 2. Victoria, Lapoir.te (Lucas) Penalties Sanderson V Glllesple L Second Period: 3. Lethbridge Jobson (Delorme, Woods) 4 Victoria, Bridgman (Williams, Morris Lethbridge. Bancks (Woods Smith) Penalties Morris V Lapointe V Regier L Third Period: 6. Lethbridge Gillespie (Trottler) 7 Lethbridge, Wagner (Woods Delorme) 8. Lethbridge Delorme (Trottier, Tidey) Penalty Hall L Shots on goal by Lethbridge 7 12 Victoria 13 16 Goal Anwerler, Lethbridge; Leslie, Victoria. Attendance 2.835. FLIN FLON 10, REGINA 8 First period: 1. Flin Flon, Watson (Gosselin. McDill) 2. Flln Flon, McDIII (Gosselin) 3. Regina, Faulkner (Minor, Tudor) 4. Regina, Tudor (Faulkner) 5. Flin Flon, Montgomery (B. Davidson, Kuntz) Penalties Grauer R Joly R David FF Davis FF. Joly R majors Second period: 6. Flin Flon, B. Davidson {Marinos. Dorman) 7. Flin Flon, Gosselin (Watson, McDIII) Regina, Callander (Keil. Joly) 9. Flln Flon. Kehoe (Fleming, Davis) 10. Flin Flon, Gosselin (McDill, Watson) 11. Regina, Dumba (Tidball, Nagel) 12. Flln Flon, Montgomery (Davidson, Kuntz) 13. Regina, Faulkerne'r (Tudor, Tidball) Penalties B. Davidson FF Williams FF Davis FF Major Hammond R major McDill FF Third period: 14. Flin Flon, Gosselin (8. Davidson, McDIII) 15. Regina, Tudor (Faulkner, Minor) 16. Regina, Minor (Faulknar; Tudor) 17. Regina, Tudor (Minor) 18. Flln Flon, McDill (Gosselin, Watson) Penalties Davis FF, Stanioski R (served by Marinos FF majors and misconducts, Dorman FF miscon- duct, Nagel R minor and game mis- conduct, Dunba R misconduct Williams FF Dorman FF, Flem- ing FF, Faulker R, minor R majors Shots on goal by Regina 13 16 Flin Flon 11 12 Goal: Swanson FF, Staniowski R. Attendance: GLENANWEILER RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS AVAILABLE write or phone CO-OPERATIVE TRUST COMPANY Of CANADA 301 14th St. N.W. Calgary T2N 2A1 Phone 283-5502 Short sport ROYALS SIGN FIVE KANSAS CITY CAP) Five more players, including first baseman John Mayberry, have signed their 1975 American League baseball contracts with Kansas City Royals. Also signed were out- fielder Al Cowens, infielder Jamie Quirk and pitchers Al Autry and Norm Angellini, leaving six on the 35-player roster unsigned. VEISOR DEMOTED CHICAGO (AP) Goaltender Mike Veisor was assigned by Chicago Black Hawks Sunday to their Central Hockey League farm club in Dallas. Coach Billy Reay of the National Hockey League Hawks said Veisor was sent down to get more ice time. The Hawks recalled goalie Mike Dumas. Delenceman Randy Holt was also sent to Dallas. FRENCH LIFTER DIES PARIS (CP) Henri Ferrari, a French weightlifter, died during the weekend, Agence France- Presse reported. He "was 63. Holder of nine former world records and 30 French records, Ferrari was elected to the executive committee of the French Weightlifting Federation in 1973. THE SEAT THAT HEATS! IF 10U DON'T TSLL ME, VOU DON'T 49 Thermo Cushions Offer Expires Midnight Feb. 21st. ENJOY THE CANADA WINTER GAMES WITH A SELF-WARMING THERMO-CUSHION FROM GULF Nothing to plug in Warm and comfortable For driving, camping and hunting Outdoor spectator sports Available for 1 49 at Gulf Service 3316-1st Avenue South Pick up your Thermo Cushion for 1.29 with every gasoline purchase. ;