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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wodnttdiy, February 19, 1975 VIS WE DO... Wt rept tunl ill mijor Alrllmi ind llnnuhlp Compinlti. Wt can also for U Drlvti. Vour I.A.T.A. Appolnlmmt ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Ctnlri Village Mill 328-3201 -Tlic Hcrald- Sports AL HOBER CHECKS MENU WITH CHEF CECIL MCLEARY, THEN MAKES HIS ROUNDS It reads "we 're glad you 're here' El Ranchers Hober is a button man By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor Al Hober of Lethbridge is a button man. He won't take a contract but he will make a hit. Hober, manager and partner in the El Rancho Motor Hotel in Lethbridge, has been making a hit of himself since early last week when he opened his doors to the 1975 Canada Winter Games. As far as a button man goes, Hober wears his very proudly. It says "we're happy you're here." And his staff maintains that motto daily. Hober, a resident of Lethbridge for just the past three years, is currently playing host to the media result centre and also housing staff members of the Canadian Press. "All of it, the steady flow of press people and the Canadian Press, have just been said. Hober on a quick tour of the facilities he has laid open to the Games people. Hober, one has to believe, would have been more than happy to put in a bid for the hosting of the media centre. But as it turned out the Winter Games people approached him. It could have gone either way as far as Hober is concerned. The El Rancho has the facilities and even without a request he would have been more than happy to accommodate Games of- ficials. "The Games people approached us and asked if we could make our facilities he said Tuesday afternoon. Hober runs a 12-month a year business. "We indicated we be very happy to make available our banquet rooms and some ac- commodations for said the communi- ty conscious Hober. But as he pointed out, "we have a commercial trade that we can't ignore and as a result we gave the Games a choice of 49 rooms." In an operation that has 68 rooms, Hober was looking at almost 60 per cent of his facilities. "I just wish I had more he said. Hober does not like sports, he leans more towards being a lover of sports. In his short time in our city he has played host to the Calgary Stampeders basketball team and the National Hockey League Old-Timers. "Football and I go a long way he says proudly. Indeed it does. Hober was manager of the Trade Winds in Calgary for nine years and he can recall many a fun evening on the buses that used to take patrons to the Stampeder games from his hotel. "We had a real thing admits Hober. "Even today I get guys who used to take our buses to the game after a meal who stop in at the El Rancho and talk over the days of those bus trips." The Trade Winds had two 50-seat buses that were used to carry fans to the game. He didn't have to tell anyone why the buses were so essen- tial. They simply kept a lot of guys from getting unnecessary tickets after the games were over. Hober has a unique philosophy about running a motel and combining it with sports. "Our facility is part of the Hober will tell you. "A hotel or motel, whichever you like, is there as a service to people. I feel we are very important to the com- munity." Renovations to the El Rancho have ceased during the Games. "The fellows will be right back on the job after the Games are over, after all, we have a hockey season to complete and a baseball season to look forward to Hober, who has a married daughter and two. grandchildren, a son of 25 years and another daughter who is just 13, is a constant buzzsaw of activity. "You can't be too many places at one he admits. Being on top of things would appear to be his credo. The El Rancho plays host to athletes com- peting in almost every sport. With banquet facilities for people and a coffee shop and" dining room, it is no wonder. Al Hober went to school in Lethbridge in grade six. He and his family love tethbridge. "Things such as the Winter Games make it that much more says Hober. Making 140 sandwiches a day for the news media and playing host to a reception each even- ing makes for long days. "But it's all worth says Hober.. "It gives us a chance to strut our stuff and as well give employment to university students and young men and women who are out of school for two weeks. Hober's staff has been increased by at least 20 percent since start of the Canada Winter Games. His popularity has gone much higher .than that. Winter Games need people like Al Hober. Smith's early mistake proved costly By THE CANADIAN PRESS When its conies to winning hockey games, there's no room for sentiment or hometown loyalty. Coach Floyd Smith of Buf- falor Sabres and goalie Billy Smith of New York Islanders are unrelated but they both grew up in Perth, Ont. Tuesday night Floyd felt badly for Billy because of a tactical error he made, but he was glad of the mistake's 3-2 win for Buffalo in a National Hockey League game. Billy came out of the New York net midway in the first period with Islanders on a power play, trying to clear away a loose puck during a goalmouth scramble. The move backfired when he missed the puck. Craig! Hamsay of the Sabres pounced on the loose puck and easily pushed it into the open net for what proved to be the winning goal. "I hated to see Billy make that mistake of coming out of the goal Floyd said. "We're from the same home- town and you don't like to see a guy that you know and like make that kind of mistake." "But I'll take it. That's the bounce of the puck. That's what wins games." The Sabres needed the win to maintain their 10-point Adams Division lead over Boston Bruins, who downed Vancouver Canucks 3-1. In Tuesday's other NHL games, Los Angeles Kings wh'ppcd Washington Capitals 6-1, Montreal Canadians tied St. Louis Blues 4-4 and New York Rangers tied Kansas City Scouts 2-2. Don Marcotte and Bobby Orr gave Boston the early lead and Wayne Cashman's goal in the third period put the game out of reach of the Canucks. Don Lever scored the only Vancouver goal. During the game, the Bruins announced they have traded Walt McKechnie to Detroit Red Wings for left winger Hank Nowak and right winger Earl Anderson, a minor league player. McKechnie, who has scored only three goals for the Bruins, was acquired by Boston from New York Rangers'in a trade for Derek Sanderson. Mike Murphy scored twice in the first period to give the Kings a M lead. Later they got goals from Bob Berry, Butch Goring, Bob Nevin and Dan Maloney to end Washington's three-game home winning streak. Greg Polis picked up a loose puck 20 feet from the net and it past the right arm of goalie Peter McDuffe at of the third period to give the Rangers their tie.. Off. the ice, Tom Lysiak of Atlanta Flames faces charges of driving under the influence, driving without a licence and driving on the wrong side of the road after his car struck another vehicle Monday night. The Flames' top scorer, who was released on bond, was not injured in the accident and practised with the Atlanta team Tuesday. He ordered to appear in OMsTt March 27. LithbrWHOflKuFifUfhinUd. Low Ltvtl Tth M. Mill FILING CABINETS Curlers break traffic jam, at one time six were tied CALGARY Eight of 13 rounds were completed in the Canadian Senior Men's Curling championship Tues- day and only Newfoundland's luckless Royal Cooper of Gander appeared out of the race. Cooper had lost seven straight games heading into this morning's ninth round at a.m. MST. The way everybody else has been going, anybody appears capable of winning. They broke up a six-way traffic jam for first place in the eighth round Tuesday night as each of the Prairie rinks lost its second game of the day. Back on top with 5-2 records were 1971 champion Wendell MacDonald, the 68- year-old Charlottetown physician, and Jim Simpson of Thunder Bay, the president of the Northern Ontario Curling Association. Each of the leaders drew a bye Tuesday and won their other two starts. MacDonald whipped Cooper 9-4, then made it look just as easy against Alberta in the eighth round, dumping Edmonton's Del Mclntyre 9-3. Simpson drubbed Ron McPhee.of Kimberley, skipping the entry from defending champion C., 8-2 and then cracked a four-ender in the seventh end which paved the way for a 9-6 win over Lyle Henry of Manitoba. A majority of the contenders tumbled into se- cond place with 4-3 records. They included Sas- victim of the eighth round's most stunning Manitoba, New Brunswick and Quebec. Morrie Thompson of Saska- toon made an open takeout for three in the 10th end and a key 9-5 sixth-round victory over Manitoba. But Thompson was then beaten 8-7 by B. C. which ended a four-game losing streak for McPhee, and by Herb Taylor's Whitehorse, Yukon, rink representing the Territories. Taylor stole 10 points over the first seven ends against Saskatchewan after Thompson blanked the opener.. Then the Saskatchewan skip engineered three points in the eighth and promptly conceded. Saskatchewan had made a move to surrender after six ends but were in- formed by umpires they had to complete eight according to championship rules. Kem Melvin of Saint John, N. B. lost twice Tuesday but still remained in the crowd at 4-3. Glen Adams of Lachine, Que., pulled into contention by Two more sign REG'INA (CP) Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that two more members of their 1974 Canadian Football League team will be back in the com- ing season. Returning are offensive lineman Gary Brandt, a seven year man with the club, and tight end Alan Ford, who has also handled punting duties the past two years. shading New Brunswick 6-5 in the eighth round. In the seventh round, Adams trailed Nova Scotia's Lawrence Carter by two points in the 10th end but scored four times for a 9-7 vic- tory and'missed a chance to score an eight-ender in the bargain. Adams was as close as any- body to winning three straight Tuesday. In the sixth he rubbed a guard in the llth end allowing Alberta to steal an 8-7 victory. The Territories is alone with a 3-3 record while On- tario and Nova Scotia are 3-4 and B.C. 2-4 heading into round nine in which Northern Ontario plays New Brunswick and P.E.I, faces B. C. In other games, Manitoba plays the Territories, Sas- .katchewam meets New- foundland and Ontario faces Quebec. Byes go to Alberta and Nova Scotia. HAMEL RETURNED TORONTO (CP) Goaltender Pierre Hamel and left winger Bob Sykes have been returned to Oklahoma City Blazers by Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and goalie Gord McRae recalled from the Central League team. ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES Lakers hurting badly THE ASSOCIATED PRESS It's one thing after another these days for Los Angeles La- kers. Coach Bill Sharman, accus- ed of breach of contract by Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association, is off in Salt Lake City attending the trial. Towering centre. Elmore Smith, the latest of a long line of-casualties, is out of action with what is described as an irritation of the colon. And now guys like Tom Bberwinkle and Roland Garrett are picking on them. Garrett, a reserve forward, scored 21 points and Boer- winkle, tilling in for the in- jured Nate Thurmond, had 12' points .and 20 rebounds as Chicago Bulls pounded the slumping Lakers 128-105 Tues- day night in a National Basketball Association game. Elsewhere in the NBA, New Orleans Jazz whipped Phila- delphia 76ers 103-85, Buffalo Braves beat Phoenix Suns 124- 109 at Toronto, New York Knicks edged Golden State Warriors 99-98, Houston Rockets trimmed Portland Trail Blazers 107-83 and Milwaukee Bucks downed Cleveland Cavaliers 104-93. Kentucky topped Virginia 121-104 in the lone American Basketball Association game. Pete Maravich scored 33 points as the expansion New Orleans team recorded its largest victory margin ever. Buffalo's Bob McAdoo, the league's top scorer, netted 41 points to pass the mark for the season. Jack Marin and Randy Smith added 22 apiece for the winners while Charlie Scott had 32 for the Suns. Walt Frazier's 34 points and Phil Jackson's with 33 seconds left won it for New York against Golden State. Rudy Tomjanovich's 27 points helped carry Houston to victory over Portland. Rookie Gary Brokaw scored 24 points to lead Milwaukee over Cleveland. WESTERN CANADA Eastern Division W L T Saskatoon ...30 15 Lethbridge ..24 25 Brandon.....20 28 Regina......22 31 Winnipeg ....18 34 Fiin Flon.....15 31 Western Division Victoria .....38 15 4 339 MedHat.....34 15 Kamloops ...30 19 6 261 New West ...25 18 10 240 Edmonton ...26 19 6 257 Calgary .....10 39 8 195 9 275 5 238 8 215 3 208 8 201 7 202 A Pts 195 69 246 53 253 48 236 47 315 38 305 37 211 80 202 72 222 66 208 60 216 58 325'28 Quebec Toronto Edmonton Vancouver. Winnipeg WORLD ASSOCIATION Canadian Division W L T F ..36 19 0 232 ..32 23 ..27 21 ..27 24 .25 26 Eastern Division N. England .29 22 3 181 Cleveland ...25 30 2 169 Chicago.....21 35 1 194 Indiana......11 41 3 130 Western Division Houston.....37 19 0 254 Phoenix.....29 24 Minnesota ...29 24 2 249 3 192 3 174 2 211 6 213 1 214 ALBERTA JUNIOR W L T F A Pts San Diego .28 23 2 202 Baltimore.... 14 39 3 132 A Pli 184 72 219 66 173 57 172 56 189 52 192 61 179 52 229 43 230 25 175 74 197 64 183 59 181 58 234 31 Spruce Gr. ..36 16 0 313 207 72 Drum........35 14 0 273 205 70 Calgary .....29 20 0 300 236 58 Taner.......24 27 0 294 272 48 Red Deer .23 27 1 225 254 47 The Pass.... 2 45 1 143 374 5 NATIONAL LEAGUE Patrick Division W L T F Philadelphia .35 14 8 193 Hangers.....29 18 12 244 Islanders ....24 20 15 191 Atlanta......23 21 13 160 Smytne Division Vancouver...29 22 6 192 Chicago.....26 27 6 186 St. Louis ....22 23 12 190 Minnesota ...16 34 6 156 Kansas City..13 38 8 139 Norris Division Montreal ....34 9 16 283 Los Angeles .32 11 14 199 Pittsburgh ...25 20 12 229 Detroit ......14-33 10 172 Washington...6 48 5 126 Adams Division Buffalo......36 11 11 250 Boston......31 17 11 261 Toronto .....20 28 10 193 California.... 15 36 9 159 A Pit 125 78 197 70 157 63 161 59 173 64 182 58 197 66 239 38 240 34 167 84 124 78 205 62 240 38 304 17 174 83 178 73 229 50 231 39 NHL LEADERS GAP Esposito, Bos ..........52 54 106 ....'...........34 69 103 Lafleur, Mtl.............44 52 96 Mahovlich, Mil..........28 59 87 Olonne. Del 52 82 Robert, Buf ............34 45 79 Gilbert. NY R ..........32 41 73 Ratelle, NY R ..........25 45 70 Clarke, Pha ............15 55 70 Martin, Buf.............34 33 67 Perreault, But........... 27 40 67 WHA LEADERS GAP Hull. Wpg...............52 44 96 Lacroix, SD .............28 65 93 S. Bernler. Quo 49 90 Nilsson. Wpg............18 60 78 Lund. Hou..............25 50 75 Rivers, SD ..............38 29 67 Walton, Minn............34 32 66 G. Howe. Hou-----'........2441 65 Dillon, Tor ..............20 45 65 Tardlf. due..............34 27 61 Hinse, Hou..............30 31 61 0. C. SOCCER ENGLISH LEAGUE FA Cup Finn Round Derby 0 Leeds 1 Winners away to Ipswich Town in quarter-finals Saturday, March 8 Fifth Round Replay Middlssborough 2 Peterborough 0 Winners away to Birmingham City Birmingham 1 Tottenham 0 Divilion II Portsmouth 2 Aston Villa 3 Division III Preston 2 Swindon 0 SCOTTISH LEAGUE Division I Clyde 1 Morton 2 National New York 99 Golden State 98 Buffalo 124 Phoenix 109 Milwaukee 104 Cleveland 93 Chicago 128 Los Angeles 105 New Orleans 103 Philadelphia 85 Houston 107 Portland 83 American Kentucky 121 Virginia 104 Sir George Williams 78 Quebec- Trois-Rivieres 69 Loyola 89 McGill 70 The tire experts with the tow prices. ELRICH TIRES LTD. 402 Ul Avfl S 327 6886 dr 327 4445 ;