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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta EXPLORE CANADA IN 74 Ewortod loura by HaH, lia, or Air EMMnt or Waatarn Canada, Yukon and N.W.T. For complete Information and contact- ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Village M4I Phona 321-3201 THIRD SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, March I umnfft uiTict rwimn LU. UMT Uvaf ft MtaH i (401) 3M-7411 FILING CABINETS Pages 23 34 Pat Sullivan If Saturday's exhibition basketball game between Calgary Stampeders and the Community College Kodiaks is any indication, things are looking up in the Cowtown. I know you are going to say "How in hades can I make a statement like that after a fun game of It was there, the indicator, in the person of new head coach Jim Wood. I had a chance to talk with Wood under very informal surroundings Saturday afternoon and learned, among many things, he isn't setting his sights on Grey Cup 75. His plans are for a turnabout this year, right now Wood took over the Stamps late in the 1973 season after Jim Duncan and the Calgary club had parted company. Wood had worked under Duncan and found him to be a very good coach But now Wood calls the shots for the red and white machine and like I said indications point to a change. A healthy one at that. Wood, it can be said, was one of the most personable guys I ever met His time was my time, as much of it as I wanted And believe you me, that makes a difference when you are interviewing someone of Woods' stature Woods noticed a change in his club as the 1973 season drew to a close But he wasn't taking much of the credit for it The players, he will, tell you, were under a great deal of pressure. For two seasons, since winning the 1971 Grey Cup, the proud Stampeders had faltered. For Wood, the job of remolding the team is first and foremost. He tnakes no bones about the fact that the Stamps are a ball club with players who are getting old, When you have a club with seven or eight starters with 10 or more years in the league, you have to look to some youth to step in and take over One example of leaving a situation too long was the case of Wayne Harris when he retired. Replacing him was near impossible, but the Stamps didn't even come close, because they weren't prepared. Wood points out that every spot on his club can be had. Everyone will earn his position, a philosophy Wood feels will help his club become a contender The Canadian Football League, in Wood's opinion, is so closely competitive that any club can win it all, any given year. Never has he seen such parity among nine clubs. And how can you argue with him when he points out that in the last two years the champions have missed the playoffs. Who knows what the future holds for the Stamps under Wood9 Saturday he was one of the boys, it was as though he was trying out for the club rather than testing the other fellow's abilities He also helped to clear up another matter which concerned me, after all they are our Stampeders as well. Would the resignation of Rogers Lehew hamper the club9 I thought Jie may be concerned that the guy who had done most-of his recruiting for the 1974 season had seen the writing on the wall and had flown the coop. Not so. says Wood With the exception of a few late-comers to camp, the line-up of veterans and rookies was formulated some time ago No. Lehew left things in pretty good shape for Wood and his club Wood is an American, as are most head coaches in the CFL, so his reaction to the World Football League surprised me somewhat. He doesn't want it in Canada. The CFL, in his short career here, has shown Wood its own identity and should be allowed to remain so Despite the fact Toronto can probably support two teams allowing them a franchise would simply open the door. They would try Montreal next, then Vancouver and maybe even Calgary, suggests Wood. That, he will tell you, would never do I may have just scratched the surface of the man Jim Wood I said he was personable. I also found him to be intelligent. At 36 years of age. smarts will play a big role in his success as a CFL head coach I wish him well. I would be remiss if I didn't say a couple of things about the Saturday game. The Stamps were no match for the Kodiaks. but then very few teams this year were. But for the second week in a row the News Media has been jobbed by the Canada Winter Games. Gentlemen, it is a long time to the Games and you will need all our support. I would suggest that in any further contests of athletic skill, you allow us a victory. Bringing 'in Logan Tait and Max Gibb, a pair of skyscrapers, to anchor your club in a game of fun leaves a great deal to be desired. And another thing, not letting Doug Dunlop streak the auditorium indicated poor sportsmanship. North Stars clinging to slim playoff hopes Puffing up Ken Smith, 7, masks the tensions of a Little League catcher's job as he gets ready for a big splat. The minor baseball season is just around the corner locally. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Minnesota North Stars' slim chances of gaining a playoff berth in the West Division of the National Hockey League were slightly enhanced Tuesday night when they defeated the third-place Los Angeles Kings 5-1. Minnesota is now five points behind Atlanta Flames, who were idle, with only six games remaining in the schedule. The Kings need a victory to clinch a playoff spot Danny Grant and J. P Parise were the chief architects of the North Stars' victory, each scoring two goals. The loss was the first in 12 games for the Kings, who got their only goal from Bob Berry during a power play. 'Stranger things have hap- pened before in this Stars' right winger Bill Golds- worthy said of his team's chance of making the playoffs 'We don't consider ourselves out of it yet, and we're we don't have a thing to lose." Parise agreed. "We're going to fight it down to the end Maybe we'll surprise somebody." In the only other game Tues- day. Montreal Canadiens edged Vancouver Canucks 4-3. There are six games sched- uled tonight, with Chicago Black Hawks at Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, New York Islanders at California Golden Seals, Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers at St. Louis Blues and the North Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins Montreal 4 at Vancouver 3 Yvan Cournoyer scored his second goal of the game and 39th of the season with 2 "51 re- maining to pace the Canadiens to victory that lifted them into a four-point edge over the third place New York Rangers in the East Division. However, the Rangers have a game in hand MONTREAL 4, VANCOUVER 3 First piriod scoring Penalties-None Sacond 1 Montreal Cournoyer 38 (F Mahovlich LeMaire) 7 02 2 Vancouver Tannahill 5 (Dailey Oddleifson) 11 16 3 Montreal Larose 14 (Savard Richard) 1800 Penalties Dailey 526 Roberta 1334 Third Montreal LeMaire 27 (Lefley) 0 34 5 Vancouver Kurtenbach 9 (Boddy Dailey) 11 53 6 Vancouver. Ververgaert 19 (Lever Boudnas) 15037 Montreal Cournoyer 39 (F Mahovlich) 1709 Penalties LaPomte 8 06 Lesley 14 47 Shots on goal by Montreal 13 15 Vancouver 3 S MINNESOTA 5, LOS ANGELES 1 Firat Pariod 1 Minnesota Grant 26 (Reid) 10 59 Penalties Harvey 1 38 Kannegeisser 8 13 Goldsworthy 15 TO. Nevin 1847 Sacond Pariod 2 Minnesota Panse 16 (Hextall 3 Los Angeles Berrv 22 (Murdoch Rota) 1536 A Minnesota Oliver 17 (Stanfield Grant) 18 14 Penalties Komadoski 11 58 Harvey 1526 Third Pariod 5 Minnesota Grant 27 8 33 6 Minnesota Parise 17 (Gambucci) 1444 Penalty GibbS 1730 Sholt on goal by Loa Angalaa 9 10 Minnesota 11 11 642 The Herald Sports Mini-Games boxing Friday The Mini Games boxing card will be held in Claresholm Friday night at the Willow Creek Composite High School. The proposed 15-bout card will get underway at 7 p m. It is 'hoped Canadian champion Carmen Rinke will be included on the card that is a dry run for the Canada Winter Games. Claresholm will host three days of the boxing during the Winter Games, with Lethbridge hosting the' remaining two days Reeve George Whitehead and deputy mayor Don LaGrandeur will officiate in the medal ceremonies at the Mini Games Friday An officials clink will be held in conjunction with the card and starts at noon Friday. Admission for the boxing card, originally scheduled for Saturday, is 00 for adults and 50c for students Don't Overlook mt NOOK Coming Soon! Chynoweth has undercover men SASKATOON (CP) Ed Chynoweth continued his campaign to clean up the Western Canada Hockey League Tuesday announcing he will have an undercover agent at ail playoff games. Chynoweth, president of the 12-team league, said he has warned all coaches involved in the March 30-the welfare of the players rests in their hands because injuries are not wanted, "Nor do we feel the majority of fans are interested in continuous fighting or brawling." "Our league intends to have an unknown league representative at every playoff game whose job will be to report directly to me and should any incident warrant a fine, suspension, or both, it will be handled he said in a news release. The league intends to take a "strong stand" against any coach found guilty of a lack of control over his players, instigating brawls and disrespect for officials during the playoffs. The league president also announced that fines had been levied against three coaches after incidents last week during regular season play Scotty Munro of Calgary Centennials was fined for taking his team off the ice at New Westminster Friday. He then brought them back to finish the game. Ernie McLean of New Westminster was fined for lack of control of his players. Pat Gmnell of Victoria Cougars also was fined for going onto the ice and inviting Edmonton Oil Kings' coach Ken Hodge to a fight. AUSTRIANS SURVIVE ZURICH. Switzerland (CP) Austria edged Switzerland 3-2 in their first round European Zone Davis Cup tennis series on the strength of a doubles victory by Hans Kary and Peter Pokorny. The two countries split the four singles matches. Bert Mac's Annual. featuring... Fine Quality Television and Stereo from YLVANIA" 5.-J Pop Howe in a cast, to miss four games By THE CANADIAN PRESS The dog fight for playoff positions in the East Division of the World Hockey Association continued Tuesday night when Chicago Cougars defeated Edmonton Oilers 4-2 to climb into a tie for fourth place with Cleveland Crusaders After 74 games in the 78- game schedule, only one team Jersey been elimi- nated. The Cougars and Crusaders each have 77 points, while Toronto Toros and Quebec Nordiques. tied for second place, each have 78 New England Whalers, de- fending champions, appear to have first place locked up The Cougars, who peppered Notice of Meeting LETHBRIDGE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL An important matting for: parents with boys wishing to play baseball wishing to coach or manage in the 1974 season. pan, Wet, March 27th CMe Centre, dm. 1 Oilers' goalie Jack Norris with 41 shots, now are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 games. Chicago Coach Pat Stapleton is priming his team for possible playoff action by giving his players the day off today "We've had 31 games in less than two months, and rest is more important than skating The loss left Edmonton in third place in the West Division, four points ahead of Winnipeg Jets and 11 behind second-place Minnesota Fighting Saints HOWE INJURED In Houston, there was bad news for the Aeros and veteran winger Howe. Howe's bid to capture the WHA scoring championship has ended, apparently, with the announcement by Sonny Tate. Aeros" business manager, that Gordie has been sidelined with a hairline fracture of the big toe on his left foot Howe, who has 100 points, suffered the injury March 6 He sat out two games, then played in five before Dr. Al Knoll, team physician, ordered him off skates and placed a cast on his foot. Howe is likely to miss next four games. Coach Bill Dineen said "we do. however, expect to have him back for the playoffs." In tonight's WHA" action. New Jersey Knights visit the Fighting Saints, the Aeros are at Vancouver Blazers. Los Angeles Sharks are guests of the Whalers and the Crusaders entertain the Nordiques Spokane Pals? REGINA Regma Pats of the Western Canada Hockey League are on the verge of moving to another city, possibly Spcfcane. Wash.. the Saskatchewan legislature was told Tuesday After making that statement. Ken MacLeod Regina Albert Park1) questioned the government on what it might do to retain the Pats, who currently are in top spot in the league Black and White Portable TYs from 119 Color Portables from 449.00 I Color Consoie TVs 699 95 (Including some with control) Stereo Components .95 54 Many moramodato to chooM from Financing available Radio-TV Ltd. 'Serving Southern Alberta for 35 Years' 708-3rd South 327-3232 ;