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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 7, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Unhappy with coach, how team is run Abel, Wings part company CHKKIN9 OUT - Sid Detroit Red Wing* for ever 30 League player, coach and Wednesday after dissension and coach Ned Harknett. Abel, Qssoclated with the yean a� a National Hockey executive quit the Wing* broke out between himself Winner, Austin fired by teams By THE ASSOCIATED PRCS St. Louis Cardinal* fired Charley Winner and Washington Redskins replaced Bill Austin with George Allen as the National Football League's game of musical coaches continued. Wednesday's firings brought to nine the number of coaches to exit since the season began last September-and more departures are expected. The others to be fired were Allen, a week ago by Los Angeles Rams, Clive Rush of Boston Patriots and Tom Fears of New Orleans Saints. Phil Bengtson of Green Bay Packers, Wally Lemm of Houston Oilers and Blanton Collier of Cleveland Browns quit their jobs and Charlie Waller of San Diego Chargers stepped down when Sid Gillman returned. And it has been reported that John Rauch of Buffalo Bills, Jim Dooley of Chicago Bears and Jerry Williams of Philadelphia Eagles also might be on their way out. But a source close to the Eagles said Wednesday night that owner Leonard Tose has decided to retain Williams, who previously coached Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, at least through the last year of his three-year pact with the club. PROMISED ACTION Tose, dissatisfied with his team's 3-10-1 showing this year, said before Philadelphia's last game, against Pittsburgh, he would re-evaluate club personnel from general manager down. Minor hockey Lethbridge Midget Elks stopped the Juvenile Miners 6-1 in an exhibition game played Wednesday evening. Ron Krikke paced the winners with two goals while singletons went to Neil Bes-plug, Brian Maxwell, Terry Roberts, and Marty Maxwell. Besplug added three helpers while Roberts added a pair. Wally Chesko averted a shutout for (he Miners with a third period goal. Meanwhile in Minor Hockey League action the Penguins topped the Sabres 4-1 in Pee Wee play. Carle Kamitomo scored twice for the' winners .wtth Jim Severton and Robert Woolf adding one each. Phil Pro replied for the Sabres. The Rangers cruised to an easy 8-1 victory over the Eagles in Bantam B action last night. Greg Bablno had an outstanding individual performance for t^e Rangers notching four  while Randy Layden . c k e d the openings three Lraes. Sheldon Kelly flipped in the remaining two goals for the Rangers. For the Eagles, John Wasile-ski averted the shut-out with a first period marker. Winner, who headed the Cards for five seasons-the longest coaching span in the club's history-survived a dismal 4-9-1 season in 1969 and appeared headed for the playoffs this season. But his team managed to win only one of its final five games to finish at 8-5-1, third in the National Football Conference East. Austin, who took over the Redskins upon the death of Vince Lombard! at the start of the 1970 season, piloted the team to four victories in its first seven games before a five-game losing skein saddled Washington with a M, fourth-place finish in the NFC East. Allen, also the Skin's new general manager, bad a five-year, 49-17-4 record with the Rams, making him one of pro football's most successful coaches. He piloted them to a 9-4-1 mark in 1970, one game behind NFC champion San Francisco '49ers in the West. DETROIT (AP) - "Well, did i you make a trade? You're getting rid of Garry Unger aren't you?" old friend Frank (King) Clancy asked Sid Abel by telephone Wednesday. "Sure, it's Unger isn't it" the Toronto Maple Leafs vice-president asked confidently. "No, it's not Unger," Abel responded somewhat laughlingly. "I'm the one I'm getting rid of." And sure enough, Wednesday afternoon at a news conference Abel announced his resignation as general manager of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings, a post he has held since April, 1962. The announcement severed three decades of almost continuous service with the Wings in capacities as a player, coach and general manager. Abel, 52, minced no words in explaining his decision, made after a meeting with team owner Bruce Norris at Norris Chicago office Tuesday. "I said I cannot accept this hockey club the way it is run," Abel said with a hint of emotion. "And I said I can't accept the coach who's running it." CRITICIZES HARKNESS Then he laced into first-year Detroit coach Ned Harkness of Ottawa. The Hockey Hall of Fame member, when asked to assess Harkness as a coach, said: "I can't because I don't think he is one. I might as well be blunt about it. He can't coach. I don't think he knows how to change lines or do other things neces sary to win in this league." Harkness, 49, became coach last April after a successful college coaching career at Rensel laer Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University. He was hired by Norris on the recommendation of Jim Bishop, who Joined the organization in 1969 with the title executive director. He and Harkness are friends and both are former lacrosse coaches. "The Bishop-Harkness regime brought this whole thing to a boil and is the reason I'm leaving," Abel said in private later. "This decision was made by Sid Abel and Sid Abel alone. ... I'm proud to have been associated with the Red Wings for 30 years and with Mr. Norris. I have nothing but admiration for him----" Harkness and the Red Wing players were boarding a plane for Buffalo about the time the A b e l's announcement was made. They were to play the Sabres tonight. Abel said he wanted to find out from Norris if he had the power to fire a coach. He was told he did not. Abel said he didn't resign at the Norris meeting but phoned him Tuesday night after deciding. Norris was not at the news conference. However, his lawyer, John Ziegler, read a prepared statement from him to start things off. "With the deepest regret and reluctance, I have. .. accepted i came to Detroit. I came to do a Harris takes on Maple Leafs the resignation of our General Manager Sid Abel.. . ." Harkness' reaction to Abel's slams were tempered but candid. "Mr. Abel has a fine record in the NHL, and I co-operated fully with him from the time I - Thurtday, January 7, 1971 - TNI IBTHRRIDGC HERALD - f ANDY CAPP Job, and that is what I intend to do. "I am very sorry that he has seen fit to demean me personally and professionally. I don't think anyone benefits by remarks of this kind, and I am more than willing to stand on my record as a coach," Fergie's fists turn tide By IAN MacLAINE Canadian Press Staff Writer Not many years ago, John Ferguson and Ted Harris were considered the best one-two punch in ihe National Hockey League. Injuries and1 age have mellowed them somewhat, but Wednesday night both served notice their reputations were well deserved. Ferguson ignited Montreal Canadiens from a 3-0 deficit to a 7-3 victory over Vancouver Canucks and Harris stormed into anything wearing a Toronto Maple Leaf uniform, anchoring Minnesota North Stars to a 4-4 tie. Summaries CALIFORNIA 4, (T. IOUII t First pirlod - 1. California, B. Hleke 1J (Jarrttt, Hampson) 5:53] 2. California, Htxtall 12 (Jarratt, B. Hlckai )|:U. Penalty - Barclay Play r 14:14. Steond Ptrlod - J. California. Hax-lall 13 (Ferguson, Vadnals) 7:34; 4. California, Enman 4 (Hextall, Muloln) 13:07; 5. California, E. Hick* 12 (Eh-man, O'Donoghue) 15:40; 6. California, Ferguson 4, 16:25. Penalties - Hex-tall, Lorentz 1:50, Muloln 8:47, Plcard 3:14, Berenson 13:45. Third Period - 7. St. Louis, Lor-ntz 12 (St. Marseille, Bob Plager) 1:50; (. St. Louis, Berenson 16 (Ec-elestone. Bob Plager) 2:10; V. St. Louis, Ecclestone 11 (St. Marseille, Lorantz) 17:01. Penalties - Plcard 8:14, W. Hlcke 15:29, Stackhousa 17:32. Shots on goal by SI. Lauls ........... 4 4 14-16 California ........... 12 14 5-11 Attendance - 3.476. MONTREAL T VANCOUVER I First Period - 1. Vancouver, Tallon 8 (Makl, Stewart) Till* 2. Vancouver, Popell 7 (Boudrlas, Doak) 1:26; 3. Montreal, Cournoyer is (Tremblay, Bellveau) 4:20; 4. Montreal, Redmond 14 (Lapolnte, Tardlf) 13:3*. Penalties - Ferguson -.20, Corrlgan, Ferguson malors 3:44, Redmond 6:20, Qulnn 10:53. Second Period - 5. Montreal, Ma-hovllch 14 (Tremblay, Bellveau) 7:32; 6. Montreal, Tremblay 3 (Lapolnte, Rochefort) 10.-11; 7. Montreal, Cournoyer 20 (Laoolnte, Mahovllchl 11:53. Penalties - Ferguson 1:38, Palement, Ferguson 6:08, Doak 7:02, Laperrlere 7-56, Palement, Collins 4:24, Rlzzuto 10:49. Third Period - 8. Montreal, Bellveau 10 (Cournoyer, Tremblay) 3:01; 9. Vancouver, Palement 7 (Tallon, Makl) 17:46; 10. Montreal, Mahovllch 17 (Ferguson. Harper) 19:26. Penalties - Tallon 2:23, Wllklns, Tardlf, majors 6:29, Palment, Bouchard malors, Corrlgan, Ferguson misconducts, Makl bench minor 6:58, Laperrlere 17:09. Shots en goal by Vancouver.......... II I 11-}f Montreal ........... 10 17 Attendance - 15,657. LOS ANOELBS 4 CHICAGO f First Period - 1. Chlcego, Martin 17 (Magnuson, Maloney) 17:21] 2. Los Angeles, Lonsberry 6 (Joyel, Ravllehl 19:21. Penalties - Grenlar 7:08, Wid-Ing 10:09, Maloney 17:41. Second Period - 3. Los Angeles, Grenler 5 (Wldlng, Berry) 12:36; 4. Los Angeles, Robinson 10, 18:56. Penalty - Korab 17:18. Third Period - S. Chicago, Pappln 6 (Martin, R. Hull) I: IS) 6. Los Angeles, Lonsberry 7, 11:40. Penalties - Campbell, 6:31, Joyal 7:20, Cahan 7:34, Martin. Marotte 18:94. Shots on goal by Los Angeles ........ 10 17 I-31 Chicago ............ 11 I 14-84 Attendance - 14,446. TORONTO 4, MINNESOTA 4 First Period - 1. Minnesota, Golds-worthy 4 (Oliver) 5;J4; 2. Minnesota, Williams I (Oliver, Goldsworthy) 11:31 3. Toronto, Monahan 9 (Kaon, Lay) 16:19. Penalties - Baun 7:13, Oliver Harris, MacMlllan 1:48, Harris minor, major, Dorey major 18:29. Second Period - 4. Toronto, Oilman 23 (Pelyk, Henderson) 15:42. Penalties - Glbbs double minor, Ley ma|or 0:28, Nanna 1:54, Dorey 5,-29, Barrett ma|or, Harrison major 8:19, sutler 9:37, Baun 11:03, Harris misconduct 11:40, Barrett 14:32. Mc-Kenny 15:02. Third Period - 5. Toronto, Ellis IS (Ullman) 1-28; 4. Minnesota, Williams 6 (Grantl 4:13; 7. Minnesota, Rousseau 3 (Oreuln) 9:01; I. Toronto, Me-Kenny I (MacMlllarn) 9:54. Penalties - Baun 2:52, Rousseau 6:04, Shots on goal by Minnesota .......... 12 11 15-18 Toronto ............. 10 t 11-32 Attendance - 16,383. PHILADELPHIA 4, PITTSBURGH I First Period - 1. Pittsburgh, Zalne 2 (J. Morrison) 4:35; 2. Philadelphia, Schmautz 6 (Clarke, Kelly) 12:05; 3. Philadelphia, Lesuk 6 (Bernler, Johnson; 15:16; 4. Philadelphia, Clarke 12 (Schmautz, Gendron) 18:34. Penalties - Sather 0:26, Bernler major, game misconduct, Sather ma|or, misconduct 15:34, Boyer 17:33, Hughes 19:35. Second Period - 5. Pittsburgh, Polls 11 (Pronovost, Watson) 8:01; 6. Pitts burgh, He>rtall 9 (Pronovost, J. Mor. rison) 12:27. Penalty - Kelly 5:46. Third Period - 7. Philadelphia, Clarke 13, 10:38. Penalties - McCal lum 5-20, Hale 12:41. Shots on goal by Philadelphia ........ 14 11 11-J4 Pittsburgh .......... 10 18 4-J1 Attendance - 12,127. VETERANS SIGN ST. LOUIS (AP? - Veterans Moe Drabowsky and Dick Scho-field and righthanded pitcher Mike Torrez are the latest St. Louis Cardinals to sign their 1971 contracts. In other games, Philadelphia Flyers nipped Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3, Los Angeles Kings surprised Chicago Black Hawks 4-2 and California Golden Seals upset St. Louis Blues 6-3. Games tonight find Los Angeles moving over to Philadelphia, Vancouver visiting Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres entertaining Detroit Red Wings. PROVIDED MUSCLE During Canadiens' glory years, Ferguson and Harris provided the muscle whenever the small, but fleet-footed Montreal skaters were intimidated by bigger opponents. Physically equipped to handle most situations in which their particular talents were required, their policeman roles enabled other Montreal skaters to roam more confidently against the opposition. But years of dishing It out took their toll. Ferguson retired before the start of the current season and Harris, who matured into a rugged, effective rearguard, concentrated more on hockey. He later was shunted off to Minnesota in an off-season deal. Ferguson returned to the Can adieus' lineup several weeks ago but until Wednesday night showed little inclination for the rough stuff. Ironically, the Vancouver na tive was off for the first of his three minors early in the game when Canucks rookie Dale Tallon opened the scoring and 15 seconds later Paid Popiel gave the visitors a 2-0 lead. PATTERN SET When Ferguson and Vancouver's Mike Corrigan drew fighting majors at 3:44 for the first period, the pattern for the game was set and the Montreal ers responded by tying the score before the period ended. The Canadiens took a 5-2 lead during a relatively quiet second period before the roughhousing started again in the third stanza. Fisticuffs broke out and again Ferguson was in the middle, this time lashing out at Corrigan on the Vancouver bench, a misdemeanor that the earned him a rnisconduct penalty. Gals to decide curling champs Five Lethbridge rinks will meet in a round  robin play-down this weekend to decide a representative in the Southern Alberta Ladies Curling Association playoffs Jan. 18-21. Play opens Saturday with the finals set for Wednesday of next week. The first game goes at one with another at 4:30 if necessary. Competing in the playoff will Eligibility big problem LONDON (CP) - SM prob iems that involve Canada's participation in the 1972 Winter Olympics at Sapporo, Japan, are expected to produce explosions today at a session of an amateur eligibility study group of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Tough talk will be flying around aplenty when" the IOC subcommittee holds an ail-day session with a delegation from the International Ski Federation (FIS), which objects to the IOC's ancient code of financial ethics. Avery Brundage, the octogenarian American head of the IOC, already has ruled out 10 skiers, including two Canadians, from the 1972 Games on the grounds of supposed violation of the strait-laced Olympic rule against money-for^play. be Millie Snowden, Irene Thompson, Norman Douglas, Majorie Scotter and Myrna McQuandrie. Lethbridge will play host to Southern Alberta playdowns. A total of 16 rinks will take part in the three - day event with the winner advancing to the Alberta finals in Calgary Feb. 1-3. The winner of the Calgary event then advances to the Canadian women's championships set for Newfoundland. Meanwhile, the three Lethbridge rinks to take part in the district two men's playdown were decided recently. 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