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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, March 7, 1974 LAS VEGAS EXCURSIONS Priced from B. Including rtturn from Calgary. accommodation, (Hut many ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL _ PHONE 326-3201 CENTRE VILLAGE MALL Herald Sports LETHBBID6E OFFICE FURNITURE LTD Ltvtri 7th Strati Shopping Mall Alberta Phont (403) 328-7411 ADDING MACHINES... STAN FISCHLER NEW YORK, N.Y. It has been fashionable for haughty NHL types to twit the WHA for its failures in New York, Philadelphia and Ottawa, but at least the new league can argue that their flops have been as a result of normal growing pains. What possible excuses Can the NHL have for its ongoing and endless disasters in Oakland, Pittsburgh and Vancouver? Crowds at Golden Seals' games frequently are less than those of the Jersey Knights. The Penguins entered a city with a long and rich hockey heritage remember, the Leafs used to sponsor the Pittsburgh Hornets and virtually wasted the town with abominable hockey. As for the Canucks, they sell out only because daffy Vancouver fans fill the Pacific Coliseum as if by knee-jerk reflex. And the accent is not on knee! It's hard to believe, but Vancouver's abysmal NHL sextet has a worse record at this writing than at a similar period in the Canucks' rookie season. Excuses? The NHL invariably hires tired, unimaginative managerial and coaching types who already have had track records that suggest dead wood. Nothing says it more dramatically than the sorry state of these three NHL franchises. By the way, Jack Kent Cooke's Los Angeles Kings are no bargain either. The subversion by his players of Larry Popem's brief and tragic reign as New York Rangers coach will go down as one of the blackest pages in modern NHL history. Popein was vilified publicly and privately by his skaters, especially Vic Hadfield, Rod Gilbert. Steve Vickers, Bill Fairbairn and Walt Tkaczuk. Judging by some of their post-mortems, several Rangers admitted that they were doing precisely what their fans thought they were doing under Popein; that is, laying down on the job. Vickers was one of the more obvious non-producers and his explanation sticks in my craw. "It's embarassing said last year's rookie ace. "It looks like I wasn't skating for one coach (Popein) and am skating for another, Emile Francis. Well, that's the truth." Obviously, Popein made one big mistake with Hadfield. Larry never attempted what Harry Sinden did to Hadfield in Moscow that fateful September 1972. If Popein had benched his captain the way Sinden did as coach of Team Canada then, perhaps, Hadfield would have walked out on the Rangers the way he once walked out on Team Canada. And then, maybe, the Rangers would have done what Team Canada did without Hadfield win all their remaining games' The best radio play-by-play broadcaster in North America is Danny Gallivan. hands-down. In the United States it's a three- way tie, believe it or not, between three brothers Steve Albert (Cleveland Al Albert (New York and Marv Albert Billy (Islanders) Harris and Jacques (Flames) Richard, the NHL's first and second draft choices last season, have been as awful in their sophomore years as they were as freshmen. Richard's problem is simple; he thinks he's smarter than his coach, Bernie Geoffrion. "I tell him and I tell says Geoffrion, "but he just doesn't listen. He's all over the ice, but not where he's supposed to be." Harris' problem is more complex. He was smitten by his own press notices last season and has objected to criticism from the New York media. More than that, the former Toronto Marlboros' ace has become openly contemptuous of the Gotham press. "What's the use of giving them (the press) honest he told Tom Alderman of The Canadian Magazine. "They just twist it out of all proportion." Funny. I haven't heard Tom Lysiak say that. Week after week the best verbal stilettos in the NHL are wielded by St. Louis Blues' wit Glen Sather. When Sather heard that St. Louis had obtained Greg Polis and Bryan Watson from Pittsburgh for Ab DeMarco and Steve Durbano he couldn't believe it. "Who made the asked Sather, "the new Penguins' manager, Jack Button? Why I wouldn't even let him teach at my hockey SOME OFF-BEAT BESTS The best arena program- magazine produced by any hockey team in the majors belongs to the Toronto Toros. Gary Ross, Toronto magazine writer, edits the publication which, unlike most in the field, is unabashedly frank Best hockey columnist, day-in-and-day- out, these days is Jim (Vancouver Sun) Taylor when he writes about shinny. Here's a recent Taylor opener: "Vancouver Canucks' hockey season is half over. Feel free to accept that as a curse or a blessing." Best defensive defenceman in the Bigs Ed Van Impe of the Philly Flyers... Best-looking, most knowledgeable and hardest-working female in hockey Colleen Howe, mother of Marty and Mark, wife of Gordie. Minor hockey fte Seals scored a hard fought 2-1 victory over the Kings in a Bantam B game Monday night. Ken Rodzinyak tallied twice for the winners while Brent Belsher replied for the losers. Randy Syrenne fired in a hat-trick and paced A.C.T. to a 4-0 win over the Bees in a Midget game. Randy O'Sullivan notched the only other goal in the game daring the second period. Andy Kessler and Robert Wood notched two goals apiece to lead the Blazers to a slim 5-3 win over the Lions in a Bantam B game Tuesday night. Brent Lang chipped in with a single marker for the winners while Kelly Heron. Roy Beyer and Brad Dorren tallied for the Lions. Daryl Mock potted in two goals and paced the Eskimos to a 4-2 win over the Stampeders in a Midget hockey action Tuesday night Bruce Bevan and Gerry Prince chipped in with single markers while Syd Johnson replied twice for the Stamps. GEORGESAW) wishes to thank his many friends and customers for their generous patronage during his employment with Chinook Stationers Ltd. of Lethbridge, and expresses his desire that he may be of service to them in the printing field, having now taken a position as Sales Manager with Southern Printing Co. Ltd., Lethbridge. Did you order this snow Newly-elected president of the Henderson Goif Club Logan Tait, second from right, didn't really ask that question. But when you're talking golf who wants to see that fluffy white stuff all over the ground? Tait and his new executive, Jim Shigehiro to his right and to his left Dennis Kjeldgaard, John Bodnaruk and Bill Ponech, held a meeting Tuesday evening to begin preparations for the new season. Other executive members include Harold Brown, Alex Murrell and Lawrence Dzuren. Bruins trounce Blues 8-0 Francis' 300th win a big one By AL COLLETTI The Canadian Press Emile Francis didn't remember but his players did and they gave him the best present so far this season. The Rangers swamped Mon- Ntreal Canadiens 9-2 Wednesday night and moved into a tie with Montreal for second place in the East Division of the National Hockey League. It was Francis' 300th win as coach of the New York team, going back to 1965. "I can't remember that far Francis said. His first win in the NHL as a coach came against the Canadiens, 3-2 Dec. 19. 1965. Billy Reay of Chicago Black Hawks is the only active coach in the NHL with more wins. In 13 seasons with the Black Hawks and two with Toronto, he has 452 wins. Rod Gilbert led the Rangers with two goals and two assists to raise his season point total to 63. The Rangers now have an eight-game winning streak, and have lost only two of their last 22 games since Francis coaching after firing Larry Popein. In other games. Boston Bruins blanked St. Louis Blues 8-0. California Golden Seals and Chicago Black Hawks battled to a 3-3 draw, and Buffalo Sabres tied Minnesota North Stars 4-4. Rangers 9 Canadiens 2 It was anyone's game until Billy Fairbairn and Gilbert put it out of Montreal's reach with a pair of second-period goals that made the score 5-2. Both Francis and Montreal coach Scotty Bowman thought the turning point came in the fourth minute of the second period when Ranger goalie Don Meredith goes to NBC NEW YORK (AP) ABC Television's Monday nighl football team is being broken up with departure of Don Meredith, former Dallas Cowboys star, to a rival network. Roone Arledge. president of the American Broadcasting Company's sports division, said Wednesday Meredith had signed a contract with the National Broadcasting Company to do dramatic roles and some sports. Arledge's office did not disclose who might replace Meredith on the announcing crew that includes Howard C-w31 Frank Oifford There has been speculation that Joe Namath, injury-prone quarterback of New York Jets, might take Meredith's place. Gilles Villemure stopped Chuck Lefley on a breakaway with New York ahead 3-2. Bruins 8 Blues 0 Left-winger Wayne Cashman scored three goals, one with his team shorthanded, to lead the Bruins to victory after two straight defeats. Centre Phil Esposito got two 55th and 56th of the picked up two assists to raise his points total to 119 Johnny Bucyk scored his 450th goal for Boston and his 461th in regular-season play. Goalie Gilles Gilbert stopped 19 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. Hawks 3 Seals 3 Veteran Stan Mikita scored late in the third period to give Chicago its tie. That moved Saints are hot, Walton hottest By THE CANADIAN PRESS Mike Walton thinks Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association may qualify for the new college fad. "We're so hot said Walton after scoring four goals in Minnesota's 8-6 victory over New England Native Sons advance to South final The Lethbridge Native Sons advanced to the south zone finals of the Central Alberta Hockey League playoffs by scoring a 6-5 victory over the Tubers in Brooks Tuesday night. The Sons captured the best- of-five semi-final series three games to one and will now face the south division league champions Taber Palace Pats in the finals. The oesl-of-five final playoff series will get under way in Taber Saturday night and a return match will be staged at the Henderson Ice Centre at 2 p.m. Sunday. The winners will eventually advance to the CAJHL championship finals against the winners of tfie northern division Meanwhile in Tuesday's semi-final match, the host Brooks Tubers held a slim 2-1 lead after the first period and a 4-3 edge by the end of the second. The Sons came alive in the final 20 minutes of action and out-scored the Tubers 3-1. Pie Lavorato led the locals with a two-goal outing while singles came off the sticks of Don Johnson, Joe Meli. Greg Kveder and Ron Simmons John Pnns and Rob Weist tallied twice and Wayne Hart once for {he Tubers, who held a 4-1 lead during one point of the game. Whalers Wednesday night, "that we're talking about joining the big streak at the University of Minnesota." Coach Harry Neale is pleased with the streak Walton, goalie Mike Curran and the Saints have put together recently. 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