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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD January 29, 1975 Stan Fischler TV or not TV The National Hockey League's "roulette wheel" is now turning and where it stops in May will determine big league .hockey's future in years to come. Numbers on this shinny "roulette wheel" are the Nielsen popularity ratings to be released in April and May for the NHL's Of The Week" now being televised over the NBC network. If the numbers are encouraging come spring there is an ex- cellent chance that the network will renew its three-year contract with the NHL; and 18 big league teams will breathe easier. But if the ratings are as poor, as they often were last season, there is little hope that NBC will stick with a loser; es- pecially with the high cost of televising NHL hockey. At that moment Madison Avenue wise men who have a reputation for being brutally honest about such things insist that it's only even money that NBC will renew. Should the network decline NHL telecasts next season it would represent a terrific body blow to NHL prestige and finances at a time when it can least afford such setbacks. NBC TV money, while not as astronomically high as pro football telecasts, nevertheless represents the difference between operating in the red and black for teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins. Since the NHL treasury has been heavily drained by its Oakland (California) Seals' chronic disaster area, the loss of NBC TV revenues would force a stunning realignment of think- ing among league bosses; severe belt-tightening up and down the line. Despite last year's disappointing ratings, NBC has signed virtually the same NHL Game of the Week broadcast team, with one addition Howie Meeker. Tim Ryan will do play by play while Ted Lindsay, Brian MacFarlane and Meeker will handle assorted aspects of "color" commentary. NBC changed the time slot from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) in Mahovlich pUZzled, but pleased an effort to broaden listenership but also has removed all even- ing prime time games from the current schedule because ratings were so feeble in 1973-74.. Gals Open event commences Friday ,100 bonus Harry Piekema, president of the Y's Men's Of the Y's Men's Club to the Native Sons and Club presents a cheque for to the Lethbridge was presented at a dinner Tuesday night in honor Ys Men Native Sons, represented by assistant coach of the Sons' fine effort in earning the right to Hnhyt> T6h andhcaPtain Joe Meli represent Alberta in the 1975 Jeux Canada Games'0 The cheque represents the annual contribu- It's the gals turn to take over the Lethbridge Curling Club this weekend. Commencing Friday morn- ing at women's sec- tion of the tethbridge Curling Club will have 48 rinks in the chase for prizes in five events as well as an in-town and out of town aggregate. Of the 48 rinks entered 27 are from the host club while the remaining 21 are from various curling clubs in Southern Alberta and British Columbia. Included in the entries of local quartets is the Myrna McQuarrie rink A section winners in the recent Southern Alberta women's curling playdowns. Play continues all day Fri- day with other first round draws at and one o'clock in the afternoon. The events this year are the T. Eaton Co.; Hoyt's Hardware; Sears Ltd.; S: S. Kresge; and the Lethbridge Hotelmen's Association. Acme Merchandising will provide the prize for the in- town aggregate winner while Bridge Town House will Sunday afternoon at three o'clock, the opening draws are as follows: 8 A.M. DRAW Marg Linn, Lethbrldfle vs Flo Zimmerman. Spring Coulee; Phyllis Culley, Lethbridge vs Sharon Smith. Milk River; Irene Lindsay, Lelnbridge vs Jeanne Roth. Foremost; Hazel Runge, Lelhbrldge vs. Yvonne Rosychuk. Calgary; lorna Smith, Lethbridge vs Grace McGregor. Cranbrook; Viola Baker, Lethbridge vs Aryle Hartman. Lethbridge; Hazel Hougan, Lethbridge vs Leota Copeland. Lethbridge; Bertha Silver- ton, Lethbridge vs Joan Stephenson, Calgary; Sharon Bene, Lethbridge vs Vivian Smith. Lethbridge; Mar) Ecotter. Lelhbridge vs Ollle Bertie. Taber. A.M. DRAW Shirley Kooy, Lethbridge vs Ruin Blakle, Coaldale; Mildred Story, Lethbridge vs Bea Thomson, Mllo; Joyce Gorrle. Lethbridge vs Rose Dunkley. Calgary; Enid Pepper, vs Kay McKinnon, Calgary; Bernice Stonehouse. Lethbridge vs Marilyn Thorson, Bow Island; Al Bllgh. Lethbridge vs Gwen Kerkholf, Taber; Jeanetle Lewko. Lethbridge vs Jeanne Walz, DeWin- ton; Helen Williams. .Lethbridge vs Rose Tallman, Taber; Mildred Snow- don, Lethbridge vs Pauline Hougen, Foremost; Irene Thompson, Lethbridge vs Arlene Gruninger, Spr- ing Coulee. 1 P.M. DRAW Lena Peacock. Lethbridge vs Isobelle Coy, Calgary; June Hood. Lethbridge vs Betty Klpta, Medicine award the visiting aggregate Ha': Bunnage, Lethbridge vs Silverware. Carol Zeer, Calgary; Myrna The final draws are set for vs Ann Canucks nip Rustlers The time slot of course is not the real problem. What matters to the viewer and what determines whether ratings are high or low is quality and excitement. A boring game, Or even a good game poorly presented by the NBC team, will ruin ratings and no amount of time slot changing will be able to sell big league hockey to novice viewers. The onus now is on the hockey teams, themselves, and to a lesser extent, Ryan, Lindsay, MacFarlane and Meeker. The P'ischler Foolproof Formula for success is simple enough. (A) Get every player from every team to generate a 100 per cent effort (whether Al Eagleson likes it or (B) In- spire Ryan to become as emotional as Foster Hewitt was in Foster's prime and (C) Allow Lindsay to be as controversial on camera as he is in newspaper interviews. For starters I'd like to have about five minues of Lindsay telling the audience precisely how Eagleson and his players' un- ion have managed to louse up big-league hockey quality. Then, I'd bring Eagleson in for an attempted rebuttal. By the time Lindsay got through wasting Eagleson NBC would have the highest ratings in history. Goals few and far between By THE CANADIAN PRESS It was a long time between goals for Andre St. Laurent. The 21-year-old centre with New York Islanders scored his fourth goal of the National Hockey League season on Dec. 22 and then went scoreless until Tuesday's game against Minnesota North Stars when he beat goalie Pete LoPresti with a slapshot from the point in the first period. St. Laurent then scored again in the third period and helped set up another goal by Bob Nystrom, leading the Islanders in a 6-2 victory over the North Stars. Elsewhere in the NHL, Guy Lafleur scored twice to lead Montreal Canadiens in a 3-1 win over Vancouver Canucks while Los Angeles Kings beat New York Rangers 5-2 and Detroit Red Wings tied St. Louis Blues 4-4. "I'd say this was my most satisfying said St. Laurent, a third-round draft choice from Montreal Juniors in 1973. "I hadn't scored in a long time. I've been splitting the centre job with Bob Bourne. I like to play but it's better that we have two players getting more experience. "That first goal gave me a big lift." Denis Potvin added his 17th goal of the season while Eddie Westfall chipped in three assists for the Islanders who ran their home-ice record to We are going out of business so we are having a total stock reduction sale on Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1 with ALL STOCK 15 wins against two losses and seven ties. Lafleur's 39th and 40th goals of the season at Vancouver pushed him up to second place in the scoring race. The Mon- treal right winger now has 83 points, one more than Boston defenceman Bobby Orr and eight behind leader Phil Espo- sito of the Bruins. Montreal coach Scotty Bow- man praised Lafleur for play- ing an excellent game and said the improvement in the winger's play this season is due to the fact "he's really shooting and playing both, ways." Lafleur's first goal led to a dispute after the goal judge did not put on his light and referee Lloyd Gilmore even- MONTREAL 3 VANCOUVER 1 First Period: 1. Vancouver, Monahan 9 (Bordeleu) Penalties Risebrough Lever Snepsts Second Period: 2. Montreal, Lafleur 30 (Savardl Penalties Hisebrough Lever Monahan Third Period: 3. Montreal, Lafleur 40 (Lemaire, Lambert) 4. Montreal. Robinson 9 (Mahovlich, Lafleur) Penalties Galney Pratt Savard on goal by Montreal 5 14 12 31 Vancouver 11 9 7 27 Attendance 15.570. DETROIT 4 ST. LOUIS 4 period: 1. St. Louis, Berenson 6 (Thomson. Plante) 2. Detroit, Roberto 4 (Dionne. Glroux) 3. Detroit. Dionne 28 (Hamel) 4. St. Louis, Merrick 17 (linger) Penalties Gassoff Bergman Bailey (minor, misconduct) Watson Siroux Second period: 5. St. Louis, Plante 18, 6. Detroit, Grant 27 (Dionne, Jarry) Penalties Lefley Plante Collins Lochead Bailey (major) Third period: 7. St. Louis, Sacharuk 9 IPalazzari) 8. Detroit, Hamel 3 (Jarry, Nowak) Penalties None. Shots on goal by Detroit 11 10 St. Louis 15 10 Attendance tually awarded the score after consultation with linesman Neil Armstrong. Frank Mahovlich can't figure out why he's scoring more even though he's shooting less. "I can't understand it, you figure it the Big M said Tuesday after scoring three goals to lead Toronto Toros to a 6-4 victory over Quebec Nor- diques in World Hockey Association play. "I had four shots tonight and three goals. Against Ed- monton I had three shots and two goals. Before that I had eight in New England and Minnesota and didn't get a goal." Mahovlich may not have been shooting much but his teammates pelted Quebec goalie Richard Brodeur with another 47 shots while the Nordiques had only 29 shots. The win pulled the Toros back to within six points of the leading Nordiques atop the WHA Canadian Division. In other WHA games Tues- day, Phoenix Roadrunners de- feated Indianapolis Racers 3- 1, Chicago Cougars edged Cleveland Crusaders 4-3, Ed- monton Oilers beat Houston Aeros 7-5 and Winnipeg Jets defeated San Diego Mariners 9-7. RED DEER (CP) Calgary Canucks scored three early goals and hung on to nip Red Deer Rustlers 7-6 in an Alberta Junior Hockey League game Tuesday night. Pete McMahon and Mike Mclvor led the Calgary attack with two goals each while Wayne Sherger, Mike Bachynski and Tom Christ- mas added the others. Barry Lassiter and Rod Pimm each scored twice and Blake Wesley and Ron Weiland once' each for Red Deer. The Canucks outshot the Rustlers 49-39 and held period leads of 3-2 and 6-3. The Rustlers drew, ''nine of 17 minor penalties and the teams split four majors and four game misconducts. ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES WESTERN CANADA Eastern Division W L T F Saskatoon 26 12 Lethbridge Regina Brandon Flin Flon A Pts. 8 240 171 60 4 201 205 44 3 177 192 43 6 195 228 42 7 160 254 29 8 163 275.28 20 20 20 24 18 25 11 27 Winnipeg 10 31 Western Division Victoria 34 12 4 302 186 72 Med. Hat 30 12 3 254 163 63, Kamloops 26 15 4 218 175 56 New West... 22 15 10 213 186 54 Edmonton 19 17 6 203 183 44 Calgary 7 33 7 160 268 21 ALBERTA JUNIOR W L T F A Pll Spruce Grove32 12 0 274 174 64 Drumheller ..30 11 0 223 173 60 Calgary .....24 17 o 259 201 48 Taber.......21 24 0 270 243 42 Red Deer....19 23 1 180 208 39 The Pass----- 1 40 1 122329 3 LEAGUE LEADERS Bridgman, Vic Murdoch, Med. Hat 57 40 Trottler, Leth Lucas, Vic...... Faulkner, Regina Morris, Vic Blight, Brandon Ashby, Calgary WORLD ASSOCIATION Canadian Division W L T F A Pts. Quebec 29 17 0 196 152 58 Toronto 25 19 199 175 51 Edmonton 23 16 2 158 140 48 Vancouver.. 21 21 2 136 141 44 Winnipeg 19 21 2 165 148 40 GAP Pirn Eastern Division 43 63 106 132 NewEng.... 24 19 2 155 163 50 31 Cleveland 19 24 2 129 149 40 57 Chicago 18 27 1 156 181 37 42 Indianapolis 10 34 3 105 194 23 29 64 40 40 38 41 31 48 37 38 33 42 97 93 80 79 32 79 90 75 38 76 42 Bantam B tourney scheduled (FIXTURES INCLUDED) At this time we would like to thank all our friends and customers for doing business with us. Midland Auto Supply firm i M i m m m 421-5th St. S. (1971 Ltd.) Phone 327-4951 ISLANDERS 6 MINNESOTA 2 First Period: 1. NY Islanders. St. Laurent 5 (Hennlng, Westfall) 2. NY Islanders, Parise 12 (Westfall. Stewart) Penalties Rom- bough St. Laurent Drouin Second Period: 3. NY Islanders, D. Potvin 17 (Howatt) 4. Minnesota, Rombough 8. Penalty Reid Third Period: 5. NY Islanders, Nystrom 17 (St. Laurent, Hart) 6. Minnesota, Hicks 5, 7. NY Islanders. St. Laurent 6 (Nystrom, Howatt) 8. NY Islanders, Henn- lng 1 (Westfall, Marshall) Penalties Barrett D. Potvin Shot! on goal by: Minnesota 69 NY Islanders 10 13 Attendance LOS ANGELES 5 RANGERS 2 Firit-Psrkxl: No scoring. Penalties Nevln Park. Harper Murdoch Monahan Second Period: 1. Los Angeles, Harper 2 (Nevln, Goring) 2. Los Angeles, Williams 17 (Murphy) Penalties Maloney (minor, major) Tkaczuk, Harper Kannegiesser Third Period: 3. Los Angeles. Gor- ing 16 (Nevin, Corrigan) 4. NY Rangers, Ratelle 23 (Marotte, Greschner} 5. Los Angeles, Carr 6 (St. Marseille) 6. NY Rangers, Wilson 3 (Marotte. Monahan) 7. Los Angeles, Corrigan Penalties Berry, Butler Park Harper, Wilson Shod on jo.) by NY Rangers 10 IS 6 31 Los Angnle.i 8 9 10 Goal Villemure, NY Rangers; vachon, Los Angeles. AttmdinM The 17 Bantam B teams in the Lethbridge Minor Hockey League will be competing in a Bantam B tournament Thurs- day through Sunday. The 17 coaches, who originated the idea for the tournament, purchased a large trophy to be presented to the winner of the first an- nual competition. Members of the two finalist teams will receive individual trophies and other awards will be presented to the top individual players in the tournament. The Adams Ice Centre and Civic Ice Centre will be the scene of the modified double knockout competition.. One team, the Aeros, received a bye in the first round and will meet one of the first round losers in their initial game. Day tickets will be available for apiece while individual games will be 50t for adults and for children. There will be 14 second round games played Saturday and two games on Sunday. Following is a schedule of the first round games and their locations: j Thursday, Jin. 30 King vs. p.m. Adams. Blazers vs. p.m. Adams. Friday, Jan. 31 Blades vs. p.m. Civic Ramblers vs. p.m. Civic Seals vs. p.m. Civic Rangers vs. p.m. Civic Monarchs vs. p.m. Civic Saturday, 1 Bruins vs. a.m. Adams NATIONAL LEAGUE Patrick Division W L T F A.Pts. Philadelphia 30 10 7 168 101 67 Rangers.... 25 14 9 198 154 59 Atlanta..... 21 19 9 136 138 51 Islanders 19 17 12 163 134 50 Smythe Division Vancouver.. 25 20 5 169 157 55 Chicago 24 20 4 161 137 52 St. Louis 18 22 9 153 173 44 Minnesota 12 28 6 124 204 30 Kansas City 10 32 5 117 201 25 Norris Division Los Angeles 28 8 13 169 103 69 Montreal 28 9 13 230 141 69 Pittsburgh 19 18 10 192 180 48 Detroit 12 26 9 137 187 33 Washington.. 4 40 5 103 254 13 Adams Division Buffalo..... 31 10 7 211 147 69 Boston..... 25 13 10 219 147 60 Toronto 17 24 7 162 193 41 California... 12 30 9 138 199 33 NHL LEADERS G A Pts. ESPOSitO. BOS........... 46 45 91 Lafleur, Mil............. 40 43 83 Orr. Bos 27 55 82 Mahovlich, Mil.......... 24 47 71 Dionne, Det............. 28 42 70 Perreault, Buf........... 27 37 64 Western Djvifion Houston 29 15 0 206 137 58 Phoenix 24 18 6 166 153 54 San Diego 23 20 1 156 151 47 Minnesota 23 20 0 177 146 46 Baltimore... 13 29 3 109 183 29 HOCKEY RESULTS National New York Islanders 6 Minnesota 2 Detroit 4 St. Louis 4 Los Angeles 5 New York Rangers 2 Montreal 3 Vancouver 1 World Toronto 6 Quebec 4 Chicago 4 Cleveland 3 Phoenix 3 Indianapolis 1 Winnipeg 9 San Diego 7 Edmonton 7 Houston 5 American Rochester 3 Syracuse 2 Central Oklahoma City 6 Fort Worth 3 Western Canada Saskatoon 5 Lethbridge 4 Kamloops 5 Victoria 4 Medicine Hat 6 Calgary 2 Saskatchewan Junior Melville 4 Yorkton 4 Estevan 3 Weyburn 2 Regina Blues 8 Humboldt 5 Alberta Junior Calgary 7 Red Deer 6 B.C. Junior Kelowna 8 Merrill 4 Western International Cranbrook 4 Kimberley 3 JUNIOR "B" ACTION LETHBRIDGE Y'S MEN'S NATIVE SONS vs. TABER PALACE PATS Thursday, Jan. 30th 8 p.m. ELRICH TIRES LTD. '02 hi Avs S 327-6886 or 3Z7-4445 ;