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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE LETHBRIDGC HERALD - Wednesday, January 13, 1971 He's fed up with Toronto Maple Leafs Mike Walton wants change in surroundings TORONTO (CP) - Blood is usually thicker than water, but in the case of Mike Walton, his relationship with Toronto Maple Leafs is far enough removed from the bloodline that he would prefer a change of surroundings. Walton, with his lawyer Alan Eagleson, held a news conference Tuesday and called on the Toronto team to speed up its efforts' to move him to another National Hockey League city. The 26-year-old Kirkland Lake, Ont., centre left the team Dec. 2 suffering what he claimed, and what was eventually confirmed as, a depressive illness. He hasn't practised or played since. He was suspended by the team, ordered reinstated by NHL president Clarence Campbell, and was declared unfit to play again in a Toronto uniform by Dr. Ronald Stokes of the Rugger team to be started Interested in taking part in the game of rugger or rugby? After a three-year absence it is hoped the game will be re-started this spring. An organizational meeting is being held Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Room 4 of the Civic Centre to determine the interest in the game locally. Rugger, for those who may not know is a variation of the game of football played in the Canadian Football League with some differences. Anyone interested, but unable to attend, is asked to call either Don England at 328-9353 or Roger Marsh 327-3600. Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, an independent specialist appointed by Campbell. These events, leading up to Tuesday's news conference, were outlined in a statement prepared by Eagleson. The George Best promises to be good LONDON (AP) - George Best, turbulent star of British soccer, confessed today that he's been a bad boy but promised to be good from now on. An hour-long meeting between Best and Sir Matt Busby, manager of M a n c h e s t e r United, brought word that the problems of the long-haired and bearded wing forward have been settled amicably. "We start from scratch again," Busby told reporters. But Best's 14-day suspension still stands. He was suspended for missing last Friday's team practice and for failing to report for last Saturday's match against Chelsea, in which United beat Chelsea 2-1 without him. Best, 24, regarded by many as one of the top soccer players' in the world, would not explain to reporters why he had been hiding away from his club with his latest girl-friend, actress Sinead Cusack, at her apartment in London. What Best did say was: "I have apologized to the boss (Busby) and the club for the way I behaved over the weekend, which was completely wrong and I know it was. mens WEAR *>M?GUIRES DOWNTOWN en FIFTH STREET SOUTH ANNUAL JANUARY SALE Starts Tomorrow, Thursday See Our Ad On Page 18 statement also suggested Leafs were asking too much in return for his services. Walton is married to the niece of Leaf president Stafford Smythe, who felt his ailing centre was accepting bad advice. "If Mike had come to me, as his uncle-in-law or whatever I am, I could have given him better advice. . . . Not about his contract; I mean about playing hockey," said Smythe. Dr. Stokes's medical report, however, implied Walton's problems stemmed from his relationship with the Smythe family. Walton said he'd lost his desire to play, was despondent, had difficulty sleeping and "I was being rude and unkind to many of my friends.. . ." "Many of my team-mates felt that I wasn't carrying my share of the load . . . that I was hurting the team." Walton said Jim Gregory, Leafs' general manager, was making an honest effort to trade him but that the Toronto organization wanted too much in return. AWARE OF PRESSURES Smythe said he was aware of the pressures of being a part of the Smythe family. "I haven't experienced his problems," said Smythe, "but I have experienced the pressure and it's no surprise that he can't take it." As for Walton's value, Smythe said it was Eagleson who established the player's value. Eagleson engineered Walton's $40,000 annual salary and the Leaf president said the club wants to be compensated at "equal value -whether it would be a $40,000 player or two 20s." Vancouver Canucks were'# known to have bid for Walton, but Bud Poile, Vancouver general manager, said Tuesday his offer did not include any player on the Vancouver roster. Smythe said he was not aware of any specific deals Leafs had rejected since Gregory has the final say, but he was aware that several were being discussed. He said he planned to discuss trades with Bruce Norris, Detroit Red Wing owner, while attending the Super Bowl game in Miami and the NHL all-star game at Boston. HIGA'S MEN'S & BOYS' WEAR GIGANTK JAN AIM WALTON WANTS OUT - Centre Mike Walton, with the help of his lawyer, Alan Eagleson, standing, today outlined his position with Toronto Maple Leafs and called on the National Hockey League club to speed up its efforts to move him out of the city. McKenny loses goal Rangers move up one By IAN MacLAINE Canadian Press Staff Writer New York Rangers gained a notch, St. Louis Blues held steady, and Toronto's Jim McKenny, who didn't even play, BUYRITES GIGANTIC JANUARY CONTINUES WITH SENSATIONAL SAVINGS THROUGHOUT THE STORE MEN'S SUITS Regulars and tall models Sizes 36, 38, 40, and 44. Regular 69.50 and ^ fk PA 79.50. JANUARY