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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 24-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Friday, Fabmary 21, 1975 Cold Canadians warm up Florida tourist industry MIAMI BEACH HOTEL STRIP Ex-Calgarians invited 'home' CALGARY (CP) More than former residents of Calgary have been invited to "come home" for Calgary's centennial celebrations this year. The names of the former Calgarians, now scattered around the world, have been pouring into the office of the Calgary tourist and conven- tion association at the rate of more than a week. "The response has been fan- says Gordon Wetherup, the association manager of special services. "We have had to hire another girl just to deal with this project. We are certainly going to have to take on more when the visitors start pour- ing in." The "Calgarians Come Home" program is the centennial project of the tourist association. The association is not pay- ing for the visit by the former residents just issuing them invitations and program infor- mation about centennial .ac- tivities being planned for Calgary.. B.C.parks gate rises VICTORIA (CP) Atten- dance in British Columbia's provincial parks topped Lhe 10 million mark for the first time in 1974, Recreation Minister Jack Radford said today. The minister released figures" which showed the number of visitors to parks was a jump of 11 per cent over 1973. The number of B.C. residents visiting provincial parks increased in 1974 to 63 per cent of all visitors, up from 58 per cent in 1973. Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 7103rdAve. S. Phone 328-0222 Mormon Conference Tours 10 Days Departs April Includes 9 nights accomodation in air-con- ditioned luxury coach tours. Farewell dinner, tour escort: Cost from Lethbridge (rom per person. For more information conlacl GOLDEN WEST TRAVEL SERVICE 10812 61 Avmue Edmonton, Alberta Phone 434-9825 MIAMI (CP) The energy scare cost the Florida tourist industry {1 billion last year and has left the sunshine state shivering. A warm note is the number of Canadians going south. Airlines and charter flights brought to Florida last year, according to an Air Canada spokesman. In the first 10 days of 1975, Cana- dians arriving by air num- bered 12 per cent more than in the same period of 1974. The most common estimate is that one' million Canadians visit Florida this year, most of them between No- vember and May. A number will retire in the state. Canadians are welcome vis- itors because, although they form only a fraction of Flor- ida's 24.5 million tourists, they are relatively big spen- ders. The Miami Beach Tourist. Development Authority came to this conclusion after a poll of member hotels. "Canadians either stay longer, or more are regis- tered per room, or they pay higher room Phil Hal- pern, the authority's execu- tive director, said in an inter- view. While Canadians numbered 45 per cent of registrations, they accounted for 60 per cent of spending while at Miami Beach. "We have had more in- quiries this year from Cana- dian Halpern said. "We've been doing quite a bit of advertising up there." Meanwhile, Canadian and Quebec flags are flown from the Georgia border to Key West and welcome signs are out in French and English. About 45 per cent of Florida's Canadian visitors come from Montreal, 40 per cent from Toronto, and most of the rest from other parts of Ontario and Quebec, airline the only reliable In December two jetliners a week were leaving Windsor, Ont., for Miami. Traditional Canadian resorts like Surf- side, north of Miami Beach, were filled. Southern Florida counties report eight-per-cent unem- ployment during the peak tourist season this year. Much of it is in the construction in- condominium apartment buildings are left uncompleted while developers scramble for scarce money. Florida is lobbying desper- ately for higher gas prices as a lesser evil than gasoline ra- tioning. As the most southerly state, a long stretch from the big cilies of the north, it feels that rationing would really keep away tourists. The state is constantly at war with airlines to, get air fares down. And energy costs are a constant worry. Florida spends on air-conditioning what Canadians spend on heating and, says one tourist official, his personal power costs jumped to a month this year. "You can imagine what happens in a hotel." The hotels, and everyone else in Uie tourist industry, have been trying to hold rates by cutting expenses. The Miami area is also wor- ried about the growing com- petition from the central part of the state, where Tampa and St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Mexico are the base for tourists who want to visit Disney world. ANCE BOOKING HARTERS From 319 r Departures to: London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt Thomas Cook 309 5th St. S. 329-3336 TtiomasCook The first name in travel LETHBRIDGE 309 5th St. 9. 329-3336 Travel KARL DUCHESNE GUARDS NET WHILE RUSSIAN REFEREE LURKS BEHIND National honor at stake Peking has own Russia-Canada hockey By JOHN BURNS Special to The Herald PEKING Who is the top player in the Canada Russia series? When hockey enthusiasts gather in Peking the name on everybody's lips is not Paul Henderson, or Bobby Hull or even Valery Kharmalov but a 28 year old goalie from Chelsea, Que., named Karl Duchesne. Karl Who? Karl Duchesne the hero, the absolute star of the other Canada Russia series, the one that is played out every Sunday morning at 10 between teams from the Canadian and Soviet em- bassies in China. Without Duchesne, the series would well, it would want for class. You will want to know, of course, who wins whether a group of short breathed diplomats and journalists in Peking can retrieve the honor that Canada's other hockey stars, the ones from the World Hockey Association, lost to the Russians in Moscow last September. Well, not exactly; in fact, not at all. Truth to tell, even the heroics of Karl Duchesne have served only to diminish the margin of defeat in recent games, which have seen Vladimir Korolev and his red shirted squad running up a str- ing of victories. Though not in the league of Kharmalov, the goal scoring hero of those games in Moscow, old Korolov has banged in a slapshot or two in his time, and knows how to mold a winning team. As manager, coach and captain, he's right up there in the runn- ing for the top honors with Duchesne. Korolev and Duchesne: Names for the hockey historians to conjure with when they sit down to record how the diplomatic cham- pionship of all China had its humble beginnings with the first Sunday morning games at the Soviet Embassy back in the winter of 1972-73. It was Korolev who started .it all, as it is Korolev who remains the prime mover today. A few weeks after Team Canada won its 1972 series against the Soviet Union he was oh the phone to the Canadian Embassy proposing a sort of poor man's replay of the series in Peking. Unable to round up a com- plete squad 'on their own, the Canadians scouted around for such other hockey talent as there was. The result was a motley crew of Canadians, Norwegians, Swedes, Finns and Italians who styled themselves, without apology for the pretension, as the Rest of the World. As the Rest envisaged them the games were to be friendly, knock about encounters that made due allowance for the fact that most of them were not even very good skaters, let alone hockey players, and that almost none of them had pads, helmets or other protective gear. The illusion shattered early. From the start Korolev and his men were as congenial as could be off the ice. But once the puck was in play they set about winning as though the order had come down from'Leonid Brezhnev as perhaps in a manner of speaking it had. To understand the Russians' perspective, one must know something of their situation in Peking. More than a decade of hostility between China and the Soviet Union has taken its toll of the 'diplomatic civilities, to the point that the Chinese treat the Russians who live here like pariahs. In the face of this hostility the Russians have retreated ever more into the sanctuary of their embassy, making it a more than usually forbidding place. Self conscious about their isolation and anxious to reduce it as best they can, they occasionally reach out to other foreigners thus, in part, the hockey. If the Sunday games had their genesis in the Russians' eagerness for informal con- tacts with westerners, however, it did not detract from the importance, to them, of the game of winning. Even in Sunday hockey, it seems, Ivan must mark one up for Mother Russia, or at least for V. I Lenin. They start, of course, with the advantage of home ice. The embassy sits in sprawling grounds bounded by a moat and a high wall actually the site of the old Russian Orthodox mission and the rink, in a depression to the rear of the main building, is part of an attractive network of pools and canals. Promptly at every Sun- day morning a large con- tingent of embassy personnel diplomats, wives and children take up station by the rink to watch the game, and to act as hosts for the sup- 'porters the Rest of the World bring with them. Being status conscious people, they always have one of their top men on hand to greet the visiting diplomatic poohbahs, who frequently include John Small, the Cana- dian Ambassador, and George Bush, the former Texas Congressman who heads the U.S. Liaison Office. Frequently, the proceedings are graced by the presence of no lesser person than Vasily Tolstikov, the Soviet Am- bassador. A short, stocky, pink cheeked man in his six- ties who rose to prominence as the iron fisted party boss of Leningrad, he circulates like a laird of the manner grandly. His wife on his arm, Tolstikov perambulates on the pathway that runs atop the bank surrounding the rink, scarcely pausing for a glance at the game. Sometimes he makes the circuit 15 or 20 times, acknowledging, members of his staff with just the slightest inclination of his head as he passes. Meanwhile, down on the ice, Korolev and the boys are do- ing their thing for Mother Russia. The season begins in December, around Christmas, and lasts until the ice melts in the middle of February time for seven or eight games, including a championship match, complete with trophy. In the first two seasons, when the Canadians were getting lots of help from the Scandinavians, including two or three goals a game from a hot shot Swede, .the games were usually pretty even. But this year most of the support has fallen by the wayside, leaving the Canadians with an uphill struggle. The Russians' strongest suit has always been their depth. With 200 or 300 people on the embassy strength, compared to Canada's 30, they have no trouble rounding up a dozen or more players, many of them young, muscular fellows who work as drivers or general hands. In contrast, the Rest are always hard pressed, sometimes with no relief on the bench. Generally unfit and overweight, they find periods taxing and wonder, whimsically, whether some of the reinforcements on the Soviet bench are hot flown in expressly for the games by Aeroflot from Moscow. Fitness and manpower are not the Russians only advan- tages. There were complaints in the past that the referee, a Russian, too often had his telescope to his blind eye, and though he has improved of late he is still somewhat reti- cent about whistling his men down. On one celebrated occasion, the Russian goalie, finding his squad trailing, removed his skates and donned a pair of workboots It was said that his skates were too tight, but neither the referee nor any of his colleagues thought to recommend that he be replac- ed by somebody whose skates weren't pinching. A common charge against the referee is that he has a Russian watch that stretches or shrinks time to suit the home team. On one occasion, with the Russians trailing by a goal, the third period lasted more than half an hour and ended within seconds of the Russians' tieing goal. There have been some 107 punch-ups, but no NHL style bench emptying, and nobody has lost his front teeth. And whatever animosities there may be during play, all is forgotten during the breaks between periods and after, when the camaraderie out- does Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta. Korolev is really the heart of it all a short, thickset man in his forties, bustling around in a skyblue tracksuit with natty white stripes, dis- pensing coffee and goodwill, cracking Russian jokes all the while in more than passable English. ADVANCE BOOKING CHARTERS BOOK NOW FOR 1975 DEPARTURES NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS CALGARY LONDON AMSTERDAM viaWARDAIR DEPOSIT WILL RESERVE SEAT A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY 608 5th Ava. S. Phoiw 321-7921 or 328-1181 Office open Monday thru Friday n.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. Feb. 2B1ri 16 days. Heno. San Francisco, Flahermans WhaM, Knotts Berry Farm. Hollywood, Disneyland, San Diego, Tijuana, Mexico, Palm Springs, Las Vegas ......................AS LOW AS 9331 EMHn HUMiy Ml BwWt StICM. Las Vegas and Palm Springs. 9 days AS LOW AS 9204 RirMl, WtrM, D.C. TW. Washlnlon, D.C., Cape Kennedy Space Centre. Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Nassau in the Bahamas. Wall Disney World, Pensacola, San Anlonio, El Paso, Juarez, Mexico, Phoenix, Las Vegas. 24 days April S AS LOW AS Utttnil 4 TljMM SplCW. San Francisco, Disneyland. Sen Dieao, Tijuana. Palm Springs. 16 days April 7 AS LOW AS Unarm. Tllmi SpcM April 19. (Same as above lor tne plBCM- 16 days ..AS LOW AS S331 7 days. April 23 DlmiM Ha MM. TIfMM. Mai CMM Ut Nffc. 18 days. MayT. TT ASLOWAS SMI M_ Jasper ASLOWAS SEVERAL NEW JUMBO 747 SIGHTSEEING CRUISER! NOW IN OPERATION IN NORTHERN'S FLEET NORTHERN TOURS Phont 327CHECK PH. NO, COLLEOE MALL ;