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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Schriner favors return of speed and finesse High-sticking causing most of the problems CALGARY (CP) - Sweeney Schriner* once rookie of the year and twice scoring champion of the National Hockey League, would like to see, a return to the old speed and finesse in big-time hockey. Schriner, 59, a Hall of Fame member, thinks one way this could be accomplished is by getting rid of high-sticking by assessment of an automatic penalty if a player raises his stick in the air. Now superintendent of an oil company building here, he got his nickname when he was about 10 years old. Calgary had a semi-pro baseball team which Schriner watched whenever he couM get someone to take him into the park. "The team had a big fellow on first base called BUI Sweeney and he often took me in to see the game. A milkman who delivered at our house attended the games and started to call me 'Little.Sweeney' because I always hung around with this other guy. "The name has stuck with me ever since." His given name is David, but bt few people use it that he's often ignored people who call him Dave-unintentionally, of course. "At one time I never used to acknowledge my right name. There were many times in my career when I walked down a street and people would call me by my first name. I'd ignore them until my wife would jab me and say, 'Isn't your name Dave?' "I ended up apologizing to quite a few people." Schriner still likes to talk hockey, and especially about the days when he was in the NHL. "In my day, everybody had to be a puck carrier because there wasn't a centre line and passing wasn't allowed over the two bluelines. "Everybody had to carry the puck in order to make plays and get the defencemen out of position, enabling a player to get into the open.. "Now it seems that they Just have to shoot, skate and knock the fellow down. I can't understand why there isn't more speed and finesse." The red line at centre Ice was introduced in the 1943-44 WON ROOKIE AWARD Schriner started his NHL career with New York Americans in the 1934-35 season, scored 40 points in a 48-game schedule and won the rookie award. On what was considered a high-scoring line-Lome Can-was on right wing with the late Art Chapman at centre- Schriner took consecutive scoring titles the following two years with 45 and 46 points respectively. He joined Toronto prior to the 1939-40 season when the Maple Leafs acquired him in a .deal which sent Busher Jackson, Murray Armstrong, Buzz Boll and Doc Romnes, to New York. He retired after the 1945-46 season with 201 goals and 204 assists in 484 regular-season games. In eight playoff series be had 18 goals and 11 assists. "He was a real smoothie," says Carr, now a Calgary businessman and who scored 204 NHL goals. "He never had a hard shot, but would always find an opening. In my books he was the greatest left winger ever to play in the NHL." BLAMES THE FANS Schriner, who deplores the high-sticking which goes on in the NHL, says referees could stop it if they were given the authority-and s t o p p i n g it would improve play. "As soon as a fellow raises his stick in the air he should get an automatic penalty. If the governors of the league gave president Clarence Campbell authority to clean up some of the high-sticking, he would do it and I'm sure you'd see a better game. "However, if the fans keep clamoring for the style of hockey they are playing today I don't see how it's going to improve." Schriner, twice selected as a first-team all-star and once a second-team all-star, says the 1942 Stanley Cup final between Toronto and Detroit Red Wings "is the one big event that sticks out in my mind." In the best-of-seven series, Detroit won the first three games, but the Leafs came back with four in a row to take the cup-the only time in NHL history that a team has come back from a three-game deficit. Schriner scored two goals in the final game-Toronto won 3-1-including the tying and clinching markers. In his estimation there were more top players around years ago than today although he says some of the great ones today would be stars in any era. "Boston had Eddie Shore, who to my way of thinking was the greatest defenceman I've ever seen. "Turk Broda of Toronto was the money goaltender, but there were other good ones like Bill Durnan of Montreal and Tiny Thompson and Frank Brimsek, both of Boston." Host Red Deer Rustlers in next two games Sugar Kings looking for initial win By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Writer "We're playing in front of our fans now," said Lethbridge Sugar King coach John Chapman. "This series is far from over. Sugar Kings are at home, at least their new - found home, the Taber Civic Centre, Wednesday and Thursday and are in need of a pair of victories. The Kings travelled to Red Deer over the weekend and came away on the short end of 3-1 and 3-2 scores and thus find themselves down two games in a best-of-seven Alberta Junior Hockey League final to the Red Deer Rustlers. Kings had a light skate Monday afternoon and another one today in preparation for the next two games. The Taber game times are set for 8:30. "If we could have gotten a break Saturday or Sunday," added Chapman, "we could have won either game or possibly both:" Toe Kings didn't get any breaks unless you want to include Fraser Robertson's broken nose. Robertson took a blindside right hand from Don Bolkoway during Saturday's third period brawl and his nose was noticeably hurting on the trip home Sunday. At least three more Kings are feeling the effects of the weekend games. Netminder John Davidson stayed in Calgary Sunday to fight off a bout with the flu while George McCrea and Garry Paskuski, were hobbling on injured feet. Davidson played Saturday and Sunday battling the flu while McCrea and Paskuski had their injuries frozen to allow them to play both games. Monday, Paskuski's ankle was still badly swollen but McCrea should be ready to go at top speed again, something he and Paskuski, couldn't do Sunday. "Experience is hurting us as well," said Chapman. He was referring of course, to the fact the Kings have only four 19-year - old players, Robertson, Paskuski, Joe Mutch and Archie McLennan, while the Rustlers have 12. "Our young guys are having their problems adjusting to the pressure of the finals at present," the coach stated, "but they'll come, you watch and see." He went on to say that the kid-line of Randy Andreacbuk, Dave George and Ken Dodd scored 75 goals during the year while having the least scored against them. ; Both Andreacbuk and George had good scoring opportunities Sunday but were thwarted by Dale Henwood in the Rustlers' net. Again, it was the breaks that counted and the Kings didn't get off first base in that category. Left wing has been a problem for the Kings in the latter part of the schedule. Centre McCrea and winger McLennan will have a new left winger, at least in the playoffs be is new to the club, in Mike Rogers. Currently with the Vulcan Cen-1 tennials, Rogers is a real hustler. "He really motors down that left side," said McCrea. "You don't have any trouble head-manning the puck to him." Spirits are still plenty high with the club despite the two losses. They know they can beat the Rustlers they proved that over the regular season. As one King put it, "don't forget we belted them 8-2 and 6-1 at home this year." Those were the two games the Kings lost in the committee rooms. The season, however, is a thing of the past. At present the Kings trail in the series by two games. The future can be bright but only with a pair of wins Wednesday and Thursday. "We'll be there," quipped Chapman, "things will be different, you can count on it." Tickets for the two games went on sale today at Simpsons-Sears and will be on sale again Wednesday from one to five in Centre Village Mall. In ANDY CAPP Ali says reports silly, ridiculous CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - Muhammad Ali described as "silly" and "ridiculous" Monday a report by a British doctor that the former heavyweight champion may have been doped during his losing title fight with Joe Frazier. Dr. Joseph Blonstein, president of the medical commission of the World Amateur Boxing Association, said he saw the fight on closed-circuit television and "to me All's actions were mysterious. His eyes looked glazed." Ali, formerly known as Cas-sius Clay, laughed when reached at his suburban Cherry Hill home. 'It sounds silly to me," Ali said. "How could he see so good on television when the judges were so blind at ringside and said I didn't win? "If my eyes were glazed everybody else would have noticed that right away. DID DOCTOR WEEP? "Maybe the doctor had tears in his eyes because he bad bet money on me and that was the glaze he saw." Ali said any charge of his being doped was "ridiculous." "I only drank crystal clear spring water and my own cooks fixed the food." Blonstein, also chairman and senior medical officer of the British Amateur Boxing Association, wrote about bis suspicions in a medical journal: "I am not saying Clay doped himself. He could have been doped without knowing anything about it. ... In all the major fights I have seen Clay in I have never seen him move so slowly." Ali said: "I don't think he was watching the fight I was in. I was moving pretty quick. I was hitting Frazier two ghote for every one." Uphill battle LONDON (Reuter) - Wayne MacDonnell, six-time Canadian national champion, faces an uphill battle when he takes on Joergen Mortensen of Denmark in the first round of the 61st All-England badminton championships here Wednesday. The Vancouver player found himself lined up against Morten-sen in the first round of the Danis Open in Copenhagen last week and was crushed 15-5,15-7 Mauch, Martin display talents Managers warm up for season By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Managers Gene Mauch and Billy Martin showed Monday their wits are all tuned, up for the regular baseball season which opens in two weeks. Mauch, whose Montreal Expos' won an exhibition game last week on a double steal, out-thought the opposition again Monday, beating Washington Senators 5-3 with the winning run scoring on a squeeze bunt. And Martin, returning to the big leagues as Detroit Tigers' manager, used 26 players including eight pinch hitters to bcrt Mew York Yankees 5-4 Elsewhere in exhibition baseball, San Diego Padres blasted California Angels 10-0, Pittsburgh Pirates clipped Kansas City Royals 8-4, Philadelphia Phillies trimmed Cincinnati Reds 8-7, New York Mevs topped St. Louis Cardinals 2-1, Boston Red Sox bombed Los Angeles Dodgers 10-5, Baltimore Orioles nipped Chicago White Sox 6-5, San Francisco Giants downed Cleveland Indians 5-2 and Chicago Cubs edged Oakland Athletics 5-4. GETS RUN WITHOUT HIT Mauch managed the Expos to a run without a hit in the seventh inning against Washington to break a 3-3 tie. Clyde Ma-shore opened with a walk and Mauch went to the bunting game, sacrificing the runner to second. Then Mashore stole third and raced home on Merv Staehle's bunt for the winning run. Martin, meanwhile, managing as if the pennant hung in the balance, pulled out a hair-raiser against the Yankees with pinch hitter Kevin Collins delivering a two-run homer in the bottom of the llth to win it. The Tigers had tied it with a run in the bottom of the ninth, got another in the last of the 10th to tie it again after New York had scored, and then pulled it out in the llth after the Yankees had gone ahead again. Collins' homer ended an 0-for-17 spring 6lump for the in-fielder. San Diego punished Jim Malo-ney for all of their 10 runs in ripping California. Dave Campbell had three hits for the Padres, who collected 14 for the day. ALLOWS TWO HITS Al Santorini worked seven shutout innings for San Diego, allowing just two hits. Pittsburgh used home runs by Bob Robertson, Al Oliver and Ricbie Zisk to rip Kansas City, Philadelphia rallied for four runs in the ninth inning, the last two on Woody Woodward's error, to whip Cincinnati. Singles by Tim McCarver, Ron Stone, Don Money and Larry Bowa put the Phils'" first two runs across in the ninth. Money, Oscar Gamble and Larry Hisle all homered for Philadelphia and Lee May had a three-run shot for the Reds. St. Louis dropped its fifth straight game with pitcher Fred Norman's 10th inning throwing error allowing the Mets to score the winnin&'run in a squeaker. Norman walked Ken Boswell with one out in the 10th and then threw away Tommie Agee's bouncer, allowing Boswell to score the deciding run Rico Petrocelli smashed a homer, double and single as Boston battered Los. Angeles. Fan support in Vietnam HONG KONG (AP) - North Vietnam's official radio praised Muhammad Ali Sunday and said it still regards him as the heavyweight boxing champion. A special talk on Ali was broadcast by Radio Hanoi in a daily program aimed at American servicemen in South Vietnam and was given the headline: "Our Talk-Muhammad Ali is still the champ." Taber, the tickets can be purchased at the Civic Centre both days. Rustlers are counting heavily on the bitter rivalry between Lethbridge and Taber to provide the Red Deer club with some supporters. They could be in for a shock. The good people of Taber were fast to rally behind the Kings when they lost their home rink to a fire. If Cadman is hoping for moral support in his bid to make his' four - game sweep prediction come about, he had best look elsewhere. From the looks of things the Sugar Kings have cornered the market on goodwill in Taber. Should the series go beyond the four games, and there isn't a Sugar King player, executive or fan who has any doubts it will, the next game will be in Red Deer Sunday and then back to Taber a week from Wednesday. Red Deer would host a seventh and final game next Thursday. Tueidoy, March 83, 19711 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 9 "3�? ill ifofog,,,, ......' 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