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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, June 19, 1974 Just what is our Game Plan idea suffers identity crisis TORONTO (CP) Game Plan is suffering an identity worried that no one knows what it is. In an attempt at alleviating the problem, the people in- volved in the sometimes-com- plicated program aimed at promoting athletic excellence held a news reception Tuesday to give a progress report. Roger Jackson, chairman of Game Plan's technical com- mittee, gave this example of the type of projects Game Plan has been promoting: "Today, a 90-member track and field team leaves from Montreal for a five-week training and competition tour of Athens, Paris, Bucharest, Warsaw. London and Moscow. "Never before has such a well-planned and well- coached tour occurred in the sport. Nine coaches will be working with 61 athletes." Game Plan, which began last February calling itself Game Plan 76, is an organiza- tion aiming to co-ordinate the efforts of federal and provin- cial governments, national sports governing bodies, the Canadian Olympic Associa- tion (COA) and Olympic Trust, the COA's financial agency. In order to achieve its goal NHL players, owners agree, turn backs on helping WHA TORONTO (CP) The Na- tional Hockey League Players' Association and owners shared a united front Tuesday, rejecting bids for NHL players to bolster the World Hockey Association in its fall series with the Soviet Union. Alan Eagleson, NHLPA executive director, said Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr of Boston Bruins and goaltender Bernie Parent of the Stanley Cup-champion Philadelphia Fivers had been approached by the WHA to play in the September series. Esposito. who brought the matter before a meeting of the players-owners council, said both he and Orr had been asked to join the WHA stars and "I heard that Bernie has also been approached." The NHL was broached in February about reviving the Team Canada 72 concept of international competition in which the NHL stars scraped by the Russians in an eight- game series, winning the final three games to edge ahead in the showdown. Renewal of the matches in September was rejected, Eagleson said, "because the timing itself was enough" to disuade both the owners and players. WANTED WORLD CUP He said Hockey Canada and the various international hockey bodies were advised in February that the only series the players and owners might consider was one structured on a World Cup format in which teams from all the hockey powers could compete. "We've said before we'd like to play a series on this basis, probably during the 1975-76 season, either midway into or at the end of the season." Eagleson said. The Russians, he added, have already ruled out a late- season series, leaving the months of December and January in which to work out an arrangement agreeable to the NHL. Golf League LAKESIDE MEN'S Low net Lloyd Currie, A and W 30. Low gross Jim Whitelaw. Ace Building 38. Low team net Ace Building. B. McCallister, F. Sovka. Whitelaw and Davis along with Jubilee. J. Kanewischer. T. Horri. E. Fox and J. Matkin 144. LAKESIDE MEN'S Singers .......................65 Jubilee....................65 Fraches ........................65 Flemings............ .......65 Dongatti.......................53 CHEC..........................52 Ace Building..................51 Parsons........................49 Imperial Life....................48 CJOC.........................47 S'jgar Beeters ..................43 Union 76 ...............-........39 Waikers.......................35 Panulje.........................35 House of Lethbridge........34 Herald ........................34 A S W .......................31 Owen ........................29 "The (NHL) players and owners feel we are not interested in a September meeting." said Eagleson. "We feel the NHL did the job in "72 and can only wish the WHA well this year." The player representatives did. however, ease their stand on the matter of exhibition games with the WHA beginn- ing in the 1974-75 season. SPECIFIED BY JUDGE Among the concessions laid down by Philadelphia Judge A. Leon Higginbotham earlier this year when the WHA withdrew million in law- suits against the NHL was a series of 15 pre-season games involving teams from both leagues. Except where NHL and WHA teams were in the same city, the NHLPA refused to endorse the inter-league games. Under the terms of the courtroom decision, the NHL would pay the WHA for each scheduled game the NHL declined to play. "Now it appears possible these games will be played." said Eagleson, citing a plan mapped out at Tuesday's meeting which the owners' and players' representatives will take to their colleagues for approval. The series of exhibition games was approved by the players, said Eagleson. "pro- vided certain financial benefits are received from their employers, primarily in the area of medical benefits." of international athletic ex- cellence. Game Plan is mak- ing funds available for direct assistance to top-rated athletes, coaches and technical directors, for the staging of competitions and travel to competitions and for the purchase or hire of equip- ment and facilities. Among Game Plan's pro- grams is one which ranks top Canadian athletes in A, B and C categories. Class A athletes are those rated among the top eight in their event in the world. B- class ranking means they are between 9th and 16th in the world. C-class athletes are those showing potential for moving up to the top two ranks. In most cases, these top- ranked athletes are eligible for direct financial assistance, although some sports governing bodies, such as the Canadian Federation of Amateur Aquatics, choose to channel these funds instead to the member swimming clubs. At Tuesday's reception, Game Plan released its first official list of 27 A-class and 30 B-class athletes and 30 coaches who are assisted by the program. In his address, Jackson said Game Plan's short-term goal "is to significantly increase the number of A and B athletes by 1976 over that of other words, to develop a depth of good per- formances rather than to set sight on specific numbers of medals." But the program is not only aimed at improving Canada's position at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. "Game Plan is long-term." said Jackson. "It is not specializing in hot-housing athletes for success. "As mentioned before, its goal is the energetic and planned technical develop- ment of sport, which is a necessary step before we can expect consistent inter- national success." Jackson said that Game Plan provides funds and technical assistance, but the task of developing athletes is that of the national and provincial sport bodies. A GOOD PLACE TO SPEND THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. On a long weekend a lot of drivers are so anxious to get out to those country breezes that they throw all caution to the wind. Because they're less cautious, it may pay for you to be a little more cautious. By driving a Volvo, for instance. The Volvo body is so strong we've stacked seven Volvos on top of one another without crushing the one on the bottom. What gives Volvo this strength are the six steel pillars surrounding the passenger compartment and the thousands of spot welds holding the body- together. The trunk and engine compartments are designed differently. They crumple on impact at a pre-measured rate to absorb a collision before it reaches the passenger compartment. On the sides, steei anti-intrusion bars protect the passengers from lateral impact. And in front and back, hydraulic shock absorbers on the bumpers absorb low- speed collisions. But Volvo doesn't just protect you from "the other guy." It can keep you from becoming "the other guy" Disc brakes are desiuned to resist fading, even after repeated panic stops. So Volvo has disc brakes on all four wheels. And Volvo doesn't stop there. It has a braking system with two independent sets of three-wheel disc brakes. If one set fails, the other still gives you about 80% of your braking power. Of course, driver fatigue can be just as dangerous as mechanical failure. So Volvo comes with bucket seats that let you concentrate on the road instead of the pain in your back. The seat-backs are infinitely adjustable with a special adjustment that allows them to lie made firmer or softer. And since you really can't concentrate on what's ahead of you when you're worried about what's behind you, Volvo has a rear window defroster. As well as rear door locks that children can't open from inside. So when making plans for a long weekend, maybe you should plan on buying a Volvo. There's nothing like being prepared for ihe holidays. VOUVO Graham Kelly Kasting, Kemmet rated B swimmers Over the years, it has been proven many times that the football club with the best Canadian talent generally wins the most. Teams like Saskatchewan, Hamilton, Winnipeg and Ottawa have always managed to find a good crop of Canucks to complement their roster of U.S. imports. Names like Ken Neilson, Ron Atchison. Russ Jackson, Ronnie Stewart, and Ted Dushinski come to mind. They were just as good as American ballplayers who came to Canada, and often better. Another team that has come up with a good bunch of homebrews is the Calgary Stampeders with the likes of Tony Pajakowski. Larry Robinson, and Jim Furlong. Unfortunately for those who live and die with the Stampeders from Cowtown, Jim Furlong has decided to retire from the gridiron wars, and take up the more sedate profession of teaching in Vernon, B.C. Jim Furlong is a Lethbridge boy, one of those many quality ballplayers turned out by Jim Whitelaw and the Lethbridge Collegiate. After graduating from LCI, Jim went to Tulsa University where he came under the guidance of Glen, and later. Bobby Dobbs. Usually it is pretty tough for a Canadian boy to crack the lineup of any respectable American college, and Jim will admit that the going wasn't easy. But the young Furlong had a big advantage over other Canadian boys in that he had excellent high school coaching. "I can't say enough about Jim enthused the retired vet. "He really stresses the fundamentals. He is a good basic football coach. But he was particularly great as far as encouragement was concerned. He really knows how to treat kids properly, and get them to want to play High praise indeed. But around the Canadian football circuit, LCI's Jimmy Whitelaw draws tremendous respect. About the only man who works with high school or junior football who gets the rave notices received by the Lethbridge mentor is Gordon Currie of Regina Balfour Tech. and the Junior Rams. Over his 12-year career, Furlong experienced a good deal of success. The Stampeders made the playoffs nine of those years, with three appearances in the national final, and one Grey Cup. When asked to comment on the highlights of his career, Jim referred to some of those years: "Winning the Grey Cup in 1971 had to be my biggest thrill, although getting there in 1968 was just about as big. That year we beat Saskatchewan in overtime in the third game. That was a tremendous night." Over the years. Furlong commented that he enjoyed the games with Saskatchewan most: "They had a tremendous football team. They were always hard hitting. We used to go out there and try to beat each other's heads in. But strangely enough, they were always clean games. No cheap shots." The low point in Furlong's career came inh his rookie year. "My first year in the league was in 1962, and we were playing Winnipeg in the third game of the final. That's the time when Harvey Wylie dropped the ball in the end zone and Winnipeg won. I was really disappointed after that one. because I was sure we were going to win." Jim found other losses disappointing. "Losing in the Grey Cups hurt, and overall, it was disappointing to me that we didn't win more. We had good teams since 1962, we should have won more, but so many times, just like in the 1965 final against Winnipeg, we blew it. We just blew it." I asked Jim if his disappointment in 1962 and 1965 was because he was a young player then just getting established. "No." he replied, "you don't get used to losing when you're a veteran. In fact, because you know more and perform better, losing hurts even more." Over the last 12 years, Furlong rated Ron Lancaster as his toughest opponent. "Ron was the smartest quarterback in the league. If I lined up at linebacker one foot over from where I had been throughout the season, he'd spot it and do something to you. But Wayne Harris was the greatest ballplayer I ever saw. He wasn't the rah. rah, type. He led by example. But was he ever quick! It was really something to behold the cat and mouse game Harris and Lancaster would play with each other." Although Furlong, Larry Robinson. Gerry Shaw and others were first string, contributing tremendously to Stampeder success, they were never paid on par with American imports. I asked Jim if he ever felt like a second class citizen in Canadian ball. "I had that feeling a lot. The general managers always gave you the same old story you're a Canadian. You know we can't pay you as much as an American. We're operating this club on a shoestring. We have to save our money for imports." In light of the fact that Rider GM Ken Preston told me that Canadians and Americans of equal ability were paid the same, I asked Jim if there was a difference in salaries now: "Oh yes. certainly. It's hard to generalize but I'd say that Canadians get paid 25 to 30 per cent less than an import of equal ability. And as far as Regina is concerned, some of us were down there over the winter for a broomball game with the Roughriders. We got to talking money. It's ridiculous what they were paying Bill Baker. He wasn't getting anywhere near what most imports were getting. But you know, we're our own worst enemies. When we sign a contract, the GM tells you not to tell anyone what you're making. So you never really know about others guys. This really works to the advantage of the clubs." Calgary has a new general manager. Gary Hobson. a Canadian. Furlong didn't think that would make much difference. "They're brainwashed to the system of getting Canadians on the cheap. This really bothered guys like Robinson and me when we were playing just as well or better than Americans, but the GM wouldn't give us their kind of money." Reflecting back on his career, the Lethhridge native concluded that it was all worthwhile. "I made a lot of friends, I experienced something that few other Canadians have experienced. If I had to do it all over again I certainly would. It's been a good life." And now it's off to Vernon for the Furlongs, and a career in teaching. The CFL has been a better league, and Calgary a better team through the efforts of Jim Furlong. Calgary's loss is Vernon's gain. Minor ball The Dodgers scored an easy 6-0 victory over the Cardinals in a Norcrest Little League game Tuesday night. Rick Gal rifled a cne-hitter to register the win while Pete Lavarroto suffered the loss. Craig Nyrose paced the winners offensively with three singles while Chris Sparrow chipped in with a double and single. Don Tinordo managed a single in a losing cause In a Norcrest Senior Little League playoff match last night, the Pirates whipped the Expos 17-1. Dave Miskulin gave up only a single hit to earn the mound decision over Chris Waterfield. Greg Forrest allowed only three hits and carried the Royals to a slim 9-7 verdict over the White Sox in a Lakeside Little League iilt. Scott Maxwell suffered the loss. AAHA meets SHORT STOP AUTO SERVICE 538 6th St. S., Lethbridge Phone 328-6586 The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association will hold its annual general meeting in Lethbridge this weekend. The 1974 session will be staged at the Holiday Inn and will get underway Friday morning and conclude Saturday night. Registrations of delegates will be taken between the hour of seven o'clock to eight Friday night and again from 8 am to a.m. Saturday morning. Voting privileges are restricted to paid up members of Ihe AAHA in the senior, intermediate, junior and juvenile divisions along with two votes each in the eight minor zones. TORONTO (CP) Follow- ing is a list of Canadian athletes with A and B ratings as released by Game Plan, the national co-ordinating agency for promotion of athletic ex- cellence. An A rating means an athlete is ranked among the top eight in the event in the world, except in the case of teams such as figure skating pairs, which must be among the top four. B ratings means an athlete is between ninth and 16th in the world. Alpine Skiing Clifford, Ottawa; Judy Crawford, Toronto. Kreiner, Tim- mins, Ont. Canoeing Wood, Port Credit, Ont. Diving Boys, Pickering, Ont.; Scott Cranham, Grand Rapids, Mich. Shatto, Toronto. Figure Skating Cranston, Toron- to; Lynn Nightingale, Ottawa; Ron Shaver, Cambridge, Ont. and Val Bezic, Toronto; Barbara Terpen- ning. North Vancouver. Gymnastics Diachun and Nancy McDonnell, Toronto. Judo B Erdman, Waterloo, Ont.: Terry Farnsworth, Montreal. Shooting Primrose, Ed- monton Speed Skating Burka, Winnipeg; Cathy Priestner, Calgary. Cassan, Ottawa. Swimming Amundrud, Ot- tawa; Leslie Cliff, Wendy Cook, Donna Marie Gurr, Steve Pickell and Bruce Robertson, all Vancouver; Byron McDonald, Mis- sissauga, Ont.; Wendy Quirk, Pointe Claire, Que.; Becky Smith. Edmonton; Patty Sten- house, Surrey, B.C.; Marion Stuart, Dorval, Que. B Brumswell. Calgary; Eric Fish, Medicine Hat, Alta.; Brenda Holmes and Anne McCaffrey, Edmon- ton; Anne Jardin and France Latendresse, Pointe Kasting and Lome Kemmet, Lethbridge, Ian MacKenzie and Judy Wright, Vancouver; Bill Mahoney, New Westminster, B.C.; Gary McDonald, Mission, B.C.; Brian Phillips. Winnipeg; Janice Stenhouse, Track and Field Armstrong and Jerome Drayton, Tronto: John Beers, Merrit, B.C. Eisler, Burnaby, B.C.; Glenda Rieser, Ottawa; Yvonne Saunders, Guelph. Ont.; Thelma Wright, West Vancouver. B.C. Yachting Fogh. Toronto: Brian and Madeleine Palfree- man, Beloeil, Que. Cote, Duvernay Laval, Que. ELRICH TIRE SPORT NATIONAL Philadelphia St Montreal Pittsburgh New York Los Angeles Cincinnati Houston San San Diego TODAY'S GMAES Montreal Torrez (6-4) at Cincinnati Gullett Atlanta Capra (6-2) at New York Mattlack San Diego Spillner (2-1) at Chicago Todd Los Angeles Rau (5-2) at Pittsburgh Ellis Houston Roberts (5-7) at Philadelphia Lonborg San Francisco D'Acquisto (4-6) at St. Louis Gibson TUESDAY'S RESULTS Montreal 100 000 6 0 Cincinnati 001 000 6 2 McAnally (5-6) and Stinson; Kirby (5-4) and Bench. HR: San Francisco 000 000 5 1 St. Louis 100 100 9 1 Bryant Sosa (7) and Rader: Foster (2-5) and Simons. LOS Angeles 000 000 7 1 Pittsburgh 010 000 6 0 John Marshall (8) and Ferguson: Giusti Kison Patterson (9) and Sanguillen. Houston 010 000 5 0 Philadelphia 000 000 4 1 Roberts. Cosgrove (1) (2-0) and Edwards; Schueller Linzy (8) and Boone. HR: San Diego 020 023 12 2 Chicago 010 000 7 3 Freisleben Greif (8) and Barton: Bonnam LaRoche Zamora (8) Burris and Swisher. HRs: Madlock Ward Atlanta 005 001 5 0 New York 000 001 7 2 Harrison (6-7) and Oates: Stone (2- Apodaca AKer (8) and Hodges. HR: (1) ALBERTA MAJOR W L Calgary Giants .6 Jimmies.......5 Edmonton Tigers..... Barrhead Red Deer.. Edmonton Blocfcers Lethbridge T 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Pel. .857 .833 .429 .429 .400 .333 .167 GB TODAY'S GAMES Chicago Bahnsen (5-7) at Cleveland Arlin Minnesota Butler (1-1) at Baltimore McNally Kansas City Busby (8-6) at Milwaukee Wright Detroit Coleman (6-7) at Texas Brown Boston Tiant (8-6) at Oakland Blue New York Stottlemyre (6-7) or Medich (7-5) at California Stoneman TUESDAY'S RESULTS First Kansas City 000 201 7 10 0 Milwaukee 000 000 2 1 Splittorff (7-5) and Healy: Kobel (3- and Moore. HRs. Mayberry Kansas City at Milwaukee, second game of doubleheader. ppd.. rain Chicago 101 020 14 1 Cleveland 000 000 91 Kaat (6-6) and Herrmann: Johnson Buskey (5) and Duncan. HRs: Allen (2) Orta (2) May (2) Detroii 000 000 2 2 Texas 330 000 S 0 LaGrow Walker (2) and Moses. 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