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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta When Your Job Is Child's Play It's Hard To Knew How To Behave At Home The moral dilemmas of a hockey player By Al Putty Photographs by Harold Whyte WHAT IS it that symbolizes Canada to itself, the sort of thing known by most Canadians from one end of the coun- try to the other? A list might include the CBC, beavers, Mounties, the maple leaf, two solitudes, John Diefenbaker and certainly the game of hockey. There are more than league players in Canada and by all odds this pastime of glorified shinny on ice is the one Canadians can be most pas- sionate about. Fifteen million Cana- dian television viewers for the 1972 Russia-Canada summit series testify to the game's pre-eminence. Hockey as we know it began to evolve in Canada, at either Montreal or Kingston, some 120 years ago. Certain basic myths have developed about it, in the same way Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth myths became part of base- ball south of the border. Joe Malone, who once scored a goal skating back- wards, Newsy Lalonde, Cyclone Taylor and many others are part of it But the primeval myth is a success story: the big league scout combing the sticks for talent, sitting in a smoky small- town rink without artificial ice, watch- ing the local flash, himself watched in turn by the yoke! cognoscenti who are fascinated to see this representative of sudden riches and big cities smoking a cigar as if he were human. The young local flash signs a contract for much money, makes good and comes back to marry his childhood sweetheart. Sometimes the youngster's name turns ;