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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Thursday, March Z9, StanJFi-sch ler's Inside Hockey appears lo be no 1 limit to the heavy-handed- ness of the National Hockey League bosses in their futile attempts to erase tire grow- -ing World Hockey AsDOCia- "tion. Team Canada's gross be- 'havior in banning Bobby Hull arid other WHA jumpers was "just the first in an endless, nauseating series of NHL ac- tions which couldn't be more ill-advised if Adolf Hitler and Martin Hermann were han- dling the NHL's public rela- tions. Perhaps the most idiotic NHL hatchet Wow of all is the latest anti-WHA action; this one directed at the New York Raiders, who managed to survive a series of Having been rebuffed by Garden, the Raiders dc- cided to play at the Nassau, Long Island, Coliseum. They made application for playoff because they knew that the NHI. Islanders wouldn't make the playoffs, (b) there be available playoff dates and, (c) the Coliseum couldn't refuse be- cause it is a public facility and always could use the in- come to be derived from Raiders' playoff games. There was only one hitch; the NHL. sladas (o play a commenda- ble brand of hockey, in this their rookie season. Tiie Raiders signed an enormously steep lease with Madison Square Garden last summer that will go down as a classic example of how an organization like the Gar- den can have its cake and cat it. too. In addition to extracting a Mgh fee from the Raiders, MSG managed to give them the worst possible playing dates imaginable. When it come to a playoff schedule, the Garden said it could only find one such Cup dale fov the Raiders. Unfortunately, that date fell two days before the WHA playoffs were io begin. The Islanders no dovibt inspired by their blood- brotliers, Die Rangers ap- parently insisted that Nassau County forbid the Raiders to play in the Coliseum and, wonder of wonders, Ihe Coun- ty capilulated lo the demand. "The best interest of the taxpayer will be screed if the best interests of the Island- ers are said Nassau County Executive Ralph Caso. "It is sound business judgement lo keep out the Haiders." Hall scores 51st Perhaps the Islanders were fearful that one look at the superior Raiders would be enough lo turn the stomach of every Islander fan and have him convert to the WHA game. But that's poppycock. Granted the Raiders would sweep the Islanders in four straight games if the teams ever met. But the fact re- i mains that owning the Island- ers is like having a license to print money. No matter how bad tlie team iced in Nassau, So, the attempt lo boot out the Haiders was nothing more than another outrageous al- tempt by the NHL lo annihi- late the WHA. Meanwhile it also is evident that the W1IA is here to stay no matter what Madison Square Gar- den, the Nassau Coliseum, the Rangers or Islanders .wish to do about it. the crowds will fill Ihe joint, as proven Ibis season when sellouts were common despite the fact that the Islanders clearly were the worst team ever to skate in the NHL. It is generally agreed that if one were to take the crew from Hubert's Flea Circus on 42nd Street and dress them in Islanders' uniforms, some seats would be occupied for the next Islanders game. That's how high the hockey fever is on Long Island. But It would be nice if just once twice would be ask- ing too much the NHL showed a little bit of class. Granting the Raiders use of the Nassau Coliseum would have been an excellent way of displaying such class. But that would be like asking Ihe Islanders to win The Stanley Cup. MICHAEL STERNS OFFWHITE CHECK TRI-SUITER 135 100% All Wool Patch Pockets Semi-Bag Pants Bruins are second, trim Rangers 6-3 By IAN MacLAINB Canadian Tress Staff Writer Phil Esposito characterized his leadership qualities last, fall in the Team Canada-Russia ex- hibition hockey series. Kc exhibited them again Point Anno, Ont., with vengeance. His historic 50th goal was a If fit Andre Dupont of the Philadelphia Flyers gives Rick Martin of Buffalo Sabres a shot in the head poolsiyle during Wednesday night's game m Buffalo. The penalty-filled con- test took more than three hours to play and more than 100 minutes in penalties were assessed in the first period alone. Buffalo won the game 6-3. Posted bonds and released Martin. Blessitt arrested AT ALBERT'S MEWS APPAREL 331 5th ST. S. OPEN 7HURS. Till 9 P.M. LAKELAND, Fia. (AP) -I Detroit Tiger manager Billy Martin said Wednesday a racial remark by a Lakeland police of- ficer figured in the arrest o! Martin and a Tiger minor league baseball player. Martin and outfielder Ike Blessitt were principals in the incident which occurred early Tuesday at a restaurant-bar. T.iey were charged with ut- lering profanity in public, a misdemeanor. Each posted s J32 bond and indicaled they would forfeit them today rather than appear in court and con- tinue the incident. Tiger sources said Bless ill, who was cut from (he Tigers' regular squad a few days ago and sent down to the minors, was in the restiirant at the same lime Martin was there. Witnesses said Blessitt and another patron had a dis- greement and Martin went to make peace. VENT OUTSIDE Martin said he later sug- gested that he antl Blessitt go lutside and talk things over and hat the player agreed. He said they were talking out- side the bar when a police car lulled up. !'0ne of the cops said to Blessitt, 'OK, black boy, you're under Martin said. Martin said he asked the offi- cer, "What do you mean he hasn't done and the officer replied, Martin said, by telling him, "OK, you are under arrest too." The two Tigers were taken to the police station and were re- leased quickly after posting bond. Lakeland police were reluc- tant to discuss the case Wednes- day and had no imnradiatc com- ment on Martin's contention that a racial remark was made. South division picks all-stars Coleman Cascades and Lcth- bridgo Warriors dominated the 1J72-73 Southern Alberta Ju- venile Hockey League's south division all-star list after final results were announced Wed- nesday, The Cascades placed four players on the first all-star squad while the Warriors rounded out the remaining three. O. the Cascades' roster, Clair Elison was named the top net- minder, Craig Shigahirc, left defenceman, Craig Walters NOW ON HAND-NEW FOR 1973! THE 48 H.P. 1270 D UTILITY TRACTOR pi. hitch steering -Live PTO hydraulic FIEID READY..... 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Meanwhile Standard, Strath more and Vulcan nailed down two spots each on the north ern division first all-star team All-star positions went Garry Warner and Bren Wheeling of Standard, Dou Thorston and Wayne Christ! of Strathmorc and Charlie Ai nold and Warren Lebsack i Vulcan. North division all-star coac Roy Husband of Bassano w: now lead his charges again the south division all-stars lo by Joe Trotz of Coleman in th annual ail-star match. The game will he staget April 8 at 2 p.m. al the Let bridge Henderson Lake Ic Centre. Wednesday night, scoring four goals three in a row in (he third period to break a 3-3 stale- lifted Boston Bniins lo a 6-3 victory over New York Hangers. The wiii clinched second place in the National Hockey League's East Division and home-ice advantage wilh the Rangers in their quarter-final match-up that sjarts next Wednesday in Boston. While the Bruins were settling second in the East, Ihe Wesl Di- vision still had a bewildering series of possible playoff setups after Wednesday's games. Minnesota North groped farther ahead of Philadelphia in the hid for second place by holding fourth-place St. Louis Blues to a 3-3 tie while the Fly- ers were dropping a G-3 score to Buffalo Sabres in a fight-mar- red game. The Blues remained three points up on Pittsburgh guins, who romped over At- lanta Flames, and Los Angeles Kings, upset 3-2 by California Golden Seals. All three teams have two games remaining in their 78-game schedule. SABRES HAVE EDGE The Sabres, meanwhile, took three-point lead over Detroi their battle for fourth spo md a chance to face East win i, Montreal Canadiens, in the rst round of the playoffs start g in Montreal next Wednes ay. Buffalo, however, has just oni to play while Detroil ha i outside chance of getting ito post-season playoffs wilh nree games to play. In a meaningless game of di- ision winners, Ihe Canadicns dged Chicago Black Hawks 4-3 n Frank Mahovlich's break- way goal In the third period. The Red Wings make up one f their two games in hand on Buffalo tonight when (hey enler- ain the Maple Leafs whom hey shelled 6-1 Tuesday in To- onto. In the only other game, Atlanta is at Philadelphia. Esposito's goal production irought his season's total to 55 and with su assist on Wayne Csshman's first-period score to the game 1-1 increased his eague-leading points' total io 22. His first goal came with eam-mate Derek Sanderson in .he penalty box, his second with 10-footcr ill the second period that beat Chicago goalie Andre Gill to give Winnipeg a 2-1 lead and his patented booming slap- shot, a 55-footer, provided the winning margin in overtime. In the only other game, Al- ST. LOUIS 3, MINNESOTA 3 First Period 1. Drouln 2; (Parisc, Mchnsl 2. SI. rebounded berta Oilers kept their playofl hopes alive by edging Phila- delphia Blazers 2-1. 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