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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-16,Lethbridge, Alberta jMMry ie, 1974 - THE LCTHMIDQE HCRALD - 23 STAN FISCHLER Shark», Nordiauet cool heeh for 186 minute$ Wild night on the west California coast Life has not been all that kind to 40-year-old Harry Howell of Hamilton, full-time defenceman and interim coach of the WHA's Jersey Knights (fornaerly New York Golden Bladw). Harry was a remarkable defenceman through most of his long National Hockey League career but he never seemed to obtain the superior brand of recognition he deserved. The boors in Manhattan never appt«clated his subtle approach although he played for the Rangers through most of his major league career. Now he’s coaching — against his will, almost—and I. for one, couldn’t help reflecting on HoweH’s curious career. The 1952-53 season was a tough time for Harry to enter the NHL from the Guelph Juniors. The Rangers were floundering and the Madison Square Gardoi mob was terribly imptient for a winner. They gave Howell about five games to get his legs and then they gave him the business. “Where’s your pocketbook, Harry’" they’d scream from the balcony. “Here comes Sonja (as in Henie),” was a typical greeting when Howell skated onto the ice. Harry was in good company. His teammate Allan Stanley had suffered similar abuse for many years. Of course Howell and Stanley had similar styles; they played a heady defence, measuring their bodychecks, relying more on sawy than sock. New York fans like it the other way. * * * , "1 had to trade Stanley,” said Boucher after dealing the gifted defenceman to Chicago in November 1954, “because the fans were abusing him too much. Now Howell became the favorite target. Making matters even worse was the arrival of bashing Lou FontiMte who hit everyone in sight but couldn’t hold Howell’s stick when It came to pure defensive play , But as the sages report, “genius will out,” and eventually some Rangers’ fans came to appreciate Howell. They had plenty of Ume. He wore the blue shirt from 1952 through 1969. As president of the New York Hockey Writers Association, I had the pleasure of being on the ice for “Howell Night” when Harry reached the apex of his NHL career. Everyone believed that Howell would finish his big-league life on Broadway where it had begun. But in a cruel and stiyid move Rangers manager Emile Francis sold him to Oakland in June 1969. Howell went from the Seals to the Los Angeles Kin^ and continu^ to play his quality defense but last Spring the dironic loser, then Kings’ manager Larry Regan, suggested that Harry would be better off coaching in the minors than playing in the “I told Regan I still felt I had two good years left m me,” Howell said, “and I wasn’t ready to coach. That’s why I signed with the New York Golden Blades. I thought I could help on defense.”    „ And he did, too But he couldn’t help with the cash flow. Howell, who had wanted so much to play in New York again, found himself on a slow bus to Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Overnight, the New York Golden Blades had become the Jersey Knights More significant, Howell was asked to replace his close friend. Camille Henry, as coach “The league took over the team and made a point of telling me I'd only be an interim coach,” said Howell. “I told them I wouldn’t Uke the job if It meant that Camilee was fired. But he wasn't; they made him assistant general manager so 1 decided to try coaching.” It was not the best of worlds for a new coach. Howell s team had moved from the Garden to tiny Cherry Hill Arena, yet the players kept their homes near Manhattan. "Now,” said Harry, “every game is a ‘road game’ for us. Obviously. our situation is not the best but the players have been co-operative and we’ve been playing better than .500 hockey since I took over. “Morale has been surprisingly high and. of course, we try to keep it that way. For instance we do little things to ke^ the wives and players happy, like have a special bus take the wives to all our home games in Cherry Hill.” ^    A    A    ^ Many seasoned observers always believed that Howell was coaching timber. He’s insightful and commanding In a low-pressure way Players seem to want to skate for him. And he has been doing some homework of his own over the years as a player “You see incidents unfolding and you chalk them in the back of your mind as guides for you later on,” Howell explained. "1 remember once when Phil Watson was coaching the Rangers and he pulled a really dumb ploy “It was the 1958-59 season. We had a really good club and seemed to be sure of making the playoffs. Then, late in the season, there was a sequence when we played four games in five nights The fourth game was on a Sunday night in New York. We got beaten in that one but Watson made us come out on the ice RIGHT AFTER THE GAME and go through a kilbng practice. Can you imagine, after four games in five nights!" Watson destroyed his club physically and mentally with that workout The Rangers, who had a nine point lead over Toronto with two weeks remaining, blew the playoff spot on the final night of the season. “Well,” said Howell, “the thing 1 learned from Watson was • never to pull a stunt like that on a team I’m coaching. The net effect of that after-game practice was that it cost us the playoffs " Despite the fact that Francis chucked him out to Oakland in 9. Howell rated the Rangers’ boss as his kind of leader "Emile,” said Howell, “expected you to act hke a man on the ice and off I liked his way of playing. Since taking over, I haven't made too many changes except to correct a forechecking flaw 1 decided that we should have two men on the puck at all times and always one forward back in the slot to backcheck ’ Typically, Howell minimizes the club’s improvement since he replaced Henry He believes the coach’s role is exaggerated by the press “The players,” said Howell, “make the coach.” So far, they’re making Harry a good one! Labor Club short players By THE CANADIAN PRESS Los Angeles is a nice place to visit but Quebec Nordlques might argue the point. And Toronto Toros would be lad to stick up for the Nor-jues. They likely have nothing against the city in general; it^s just that it’s the home of the Sharks, situated in sixth and last place in the Worid Hockey Association. The Sharks seem to bring out the worst in the Nordiques, mainly temper, and Wednesday night’s game was an excellent example. Los Angeles won 64 in a wild contest which had 186 minutes in penalties—breaking the record set late last year by the Sharks and Tur>^». In a game Oct. 16, the Toros and Sharks picked up a total of 151 minutes, resulting in about $3,500 in filies. There were 42 penalties Tuesday—three game misconducts, six 10-minute misconducts, 10 majors and 23 minors—which shattered the Toros-Sharks record of 32 in the October brawl The records, of course, are unofficial until the referee's report reaches league headquarters. In the other game Tuesday, Edmonton Oilers defeated Minnesota Fighting Saints 4-1 to move Into a tie with Win-nip^ Jets for second place in the West Divisipn, Both have 46 points, two behind Houston Aeros, and three ahead of Minnesota. Quebec remained fourth in the East Division with 43 points, four behind Cleveland Crusaders. Sharks 6 Nordlques 4 The score was tied 1-1 before the first of many fights began. Jim Niekamp of the Sharks and Pierre Gmte of the Nordlques touched off battles that delayed the game 30 minutes at 7.23. At the conclusion of the first episode 114 minutes in penalties were handed out with Guite and Niekamp both getting a minor, major, 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct Ron Garwasiuk of Los Angeles also received a game njisconduct. Incidentally, it’s not the first time Quebec and Los Angeles have tangled, while Ignoring hockey They set the WHA’s original penaltyminute total in a game with 146 last February—also m Los Angeles. Switching to hockey, the Nordlques led 4-2 after the second period before the Sharks rallied with goals by Reg Thomas, Marc Tardif—his second of the game and 22nd of the season— Ron Walters, his second, and J. P. Leblanc. Robert Guindon, Andre Gaudette, Francois Lacombe and Serge Bernier scored for Quebec before 4,128 fans. The Sharlu outshot the visitors 4126 The Oilers, with 13 wins and a defeat at the start of ^ season, scored two goals in each of the first and third periods for their victory before 3,949 home town fans. It was Edmonton’s 10th win against 19 defeato in their last 29 games Defenceman Bob Wall led the Oilers with a goal and two assisU He was continually leading rushes while helping to provide solid ddensive support for goalie Jack Norris, who    ao Shota. Norris was supposed to be given a few days rest because mdi Brian Shaw said he “has been fighting the puck for awhile.” Len Luftde, Al Hamilton and Tom Gilmore got the other Edmonton goals, while John Arbour connected for Minnesota. ANDY CAPP West all-stars win hoop match SEATTLE (AP) - A determined West team withstood a furious East comeback and held on for a 134-123 win Tuesday night in the National Basketball Association’s allstar game. Bob Lanier of Detroit Pistons scored 24 points and hometown hero Spencer Haywood of Seattle SuperSonics 23 for the West team Pats lead all-star choices SASKATOON (CP) - Five members of Regina Pats, eastern division leaders in the Western Canada Hockey League, were named Tuesday to play Jan 29 in the league’s 10th annual all-star game. Regina goaltender Ed Staniowski was one of three unanimous choices, joining defenceman Pat Pr ce of Saskatoon Blades and centre Ron Chipperfield of Brandon Wheat Kings, the league’s leading scorer Also named to the first team for the eastern division were forwards Mike Wanchuk of Regina and Rob Watt of Flin Flon Bombers and defenceman Greg Joly of the Pats Named to the second team were goaltender Roger Swanson and defencemen Ray Maluta and Doug Hicks of Flin Flon, right winger Rick Blight of Brandon and left winger Clark Gillies of Regina Dennis Sobchuk of Regina and Terry Ruskowski of Swift Current Broncos were deadlocked in balloting for the centre spot on the second team Coach Stan Dunn of Swift Current, who will lead the eastern division team, wlU choose five more players to complete his roster for the annual east-west contest Tlie victory, before a record capacity crowd of 14,360 at the SeatUe Centre Coliseum, was the West’s ninth against IS losses in the series. The West surged to a 15-point lead in the first five minutes and 10 seconds, increased it to 25 late in the first half and still led by 16 going into the final period. WHITTLED LEAD Then, the East, spurred by Pete Maravlch of Atlanta Hawks and Dave DeBusschere of New York Knicks, whitUed the West’s advantage to 120-117 with 3H minutes remaining. That was as close as the East came. Towering Kareem AbdulJabbar, the 7-foot-2 starting centre from Milwaukee Bucks, scored on a hook shot 17 seconds later and Gall Goodrich of Los Angeles Lakers sank a driving layup with 2:30 to go. Maravlch, the league’s No. 2 scorer, was the major arclutect of the East’s comeback in the final period. Held scoreless in the first hall and to only four points in the third period, the Atlanta guard fired in 11 points in the final quarter. DeBusschere, who had eight points in the last quarter, wound up as Uie East’s high scorer with 16. The West bad a 20-5 lead with less than six minutes gone, helped by three personal fouls against East centre Dave Cowens of Boston Celtics, the most valuable player in the 1973 game. McAlinden could lose title without a fight LONDON (CP) - Danny McAlind«! of Britain suffered a broken thumb while losing a decision to Pat Duncan of the United States Tuesday, and in so dung may have lost the Commonwealth heavyweight boxing title. McAlinden, the Commonwealth title holder, was to have defended the crown next month against Canadian champ George Chuvalo of Toronto, but his mjury Is likely to keep him out of boxing for up to 10 weeks. In Toronto, Irv Ungerman, Chuvalo’s manager, said he would immediately seek approval from the Commonwealth boxing committee to have the title declared vacant and arrange for a championship match between Chuvalo and any other challenger. Ungerman and Chuvalo were prepared to go to London to meet McAlinden Feb. 12, and failing that, had arranged an alternative card for Toronto Feb. 18. “I told the British Boxing Board that if McAlinden wasn’t able to meet us on either of those dates, then he should be stripped of the title,” said Ungerman. Ungerman had said earlier he objected to the British boxing officials allowing McAUnden to fi^t Duncan so soon before the scheduled-match against Chuvalo. “But it seems its just been building up to something like this,” said Ungerman. "It looks like McAlinden just doesn’t want to fight Chuvalo.” McAlmden said after his loss in a 10-round bout that his hand injury occurred early in the second round. “I went in with a left and Duncan dropped his elbow and my hand went crack," McAlindon said. “It really hurt badly and I just could not keep my mind on what the cornermen were telling me. I know I’m not much of a boxer, but I can fight better than that.” Both men were bleeding from cut eyes at the end of the punishing bout before a sellout 6,000 crowd at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Duncan, with a four-inch height advantage, repeatedly held off the advancing Briton with a fusillade of bard jabs Duncan ripped cuts above and below McAlinden’s left eye. made his nose bleed and built up a big points lead In the eighth round, Duncan suddenly looked tired and McAUnden connected mth several booming hooks. The ninth was a clubbing brawl, and Duncan’s right eye was cut. McAlinden’s only hope in the last round was a knockout Duncan was warned for bolding and using his head but the 25-year-old American got through to the final bell fairly comfortably and referee Roland Dakin scored it 99-yjVt. McAlinden scaled 192^/i pounds. Duncan was 189. cuiiiriiiice ÍÜU! HIGA’S MEN’S WEAR 40e-13th Str««t North Only one of two games was completed m the City Recreation Hockey League Monday Miners' Library blanked Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks 4-0 while Purity Bottling were awarded their game with the Labor Club through default Labor Club came up short of players for the Monday night encounter Meanwhile, m the Miners - Kodiak contest Willie Golia recorded his second shutout of the season while getting single goals from Bob Reid. Jerry Heck, Larry Boulton and Cam Hogdin In games set ,for this evening at Henderson, Purity Bottling will meet the Labor Club at 9 15 while at 10 45 Miners' Library tangles with the Community College in a repeat of Monday's schedule Final 3 Days Jan. 17,18,19 1 RACK OF 1 RACK OF SUITS Values to $100 *30 V«luMto$125 S50 Valu«*to$1! *90 1 TABLE OF Referee kit Referee Raymond Denobile is aided by a fellow official after DeNobile was punched in the face during a Quebec Major Hockey League game last weekend. 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