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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, March 30, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 7 Hockey's greatest right winger, Gordie Howe, celebrates his 43rd birthday What takes place during 25 years in the National League? By BRUCE LEVETT Canadian Press Sports Editor . Gordie Howe, 43 tomorrow, has been in the National Hockey League for 25 years-longer than any other player. For all that time be has patrolled the right wing for Detroit Red Wings. Other play-ers-his centres, his opposite wingmen and the defeneemen and goalies who back him up -came and went. Coaches changed and so did general managers. There was one half-hearted attempt to try him out on defence, but it didn't last and be reclaimed the right wing. His sticks, with which he set records, are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. There were injuries and honors, and Gordie Howe continued to skate on past them. Just how long is 25 years? Time to marry and raise four children, two of whom are approaching the stage where they will be ready to step into the NHL in a couple of years. WORLD WAS DIFFERENT But it was a different world when the kid from Floral, Sask., moved up to the big club from Omaha of the United States Hockey League in 1946. Rationing, a holdover from the Second World War which had ended a year earlier, was still in effect and a count of ration books snowed that Canada Had a population of 12,120,044. When sons Mark and Marty are ready for the big league the population should be about twice the size it' was when their father broke in. In sport ait that time, catcher Mickey Owen, goat of the 1941 World Series with Brooklyn Dodgers, was suspended from baseball for five Jears for playing in the out* iwed Mexican League. And Joe Louis, world heavyweight boxing champion, defended his title for the 23rd time by knocking out Taml Mauriello in the first round. Howe's introduction to the game he came to dominate reads like an excerpt from Jack and the Beanstalk. One December night in 1933, a woman knocked on the Howe:family's door. It was the depth of - the Depression and she needed milk for an ailing child. She would sell for $1 the contents of the sack she was carrying. Mrs. Ab Howe, Gordie's mother, gave her $1.50 and emptied the sack on the kitchen floor. Among the cascade of cast-offs was a pair of skates. Gordie, 5, pounced on one; his older sister Edna grabbed the other. Each donned one skate and, holding hands, they attempted to keep their balance. It took about a week for Edna to realize her kid brother wasn't going to give up his skate, and she gave in. NEVER LOOKED BACK Gordie stuffed spare socks Into the toes of the boots and mail-order catalogues down his trousers as shin pads, and never looked back. His greatest thrill in hockey came on Oct. 16,1946, against Toronto Maple Leafs in the Detroit Olympia. Then 18, he fired a shot past Turk Broda at 13:39 of the second period. It was Ms first NHL goal. More than 20 years later he was to say: "You start getting up for a game the day of the game. "I still get nervous. I suppose I always will." During his 23rd year In the league he mused: "I plan to try for 25 years. Twenty-five ... a quarter of a century. It really sounds something when you say it like that, eh? But 25 is a nice, round figure." Did he expect to last 25 years back when he started out? "I was hoping I'd last one year-so I could brag about it." Today he says he'll probably go into life insurance on a full-time basis when he quits #> ItHf MID WEST MOBILE HOME APPOINTMENT ALLEN NAGLE Mr. Fred Keiver, Manager of Mid West Mobile Home wishes to announce that Mr. Allen Nagle has joined their sales staff. Allen, hat.had 15 years experience in the mobile horn* and trailer sales, comes to us from New Brunswick. He has been selling mobile homes and trailers in Eastern Canada and the United States and welcomes all.inquiries from you both in Lethbridge and Crowsnest Pass, ** GORDIE HOWE - The Detroit right winger will be 43 Wednesday. Howe's records By THE CANADIAN PRESS Gordie Howe's National Hockey League records as of March 23, 1971: Ssssons-25. Gamts-1,680. Goals-785. Assists-1,021. Points-1,806. Games, Including playoffs-1,1)4. Goals, including playoffs-852. Assists, Including playoffs-1,112. Points, Including playoffs-1,944.' Twenty-goal seasons-22. Consecutive 20-poal seasons-22. All-star games played-22. Consecutive all-star games-14. All-star goals-10. All-star assists-S. All-star points-18. Points In single all-star game-4 tl* with Ted Lindsay. Points during a regular season by  right-winger-103. Ken Hodge, Boston Bruins, has 101 so far this year. Hockey but "I'll play as long as my legs hold out." "I think it's a good way to make a living." But it has cost him, in pain and in education. "Gordie worries about his lack of education," his wife, Colleen, says. "But I keep telling him peo- ple will accept him because of the kind of guy he is." Gordie says: "I finished Grade 8, then quit after a month of my first year in high school. Gee, I often wish that somebody had made me stay in school. "But I came east to play in Gait, Ont., and as soon as I got there I went out and got a Job with Gait Metal Industries." Gordie Howe has done well without formal schooling. He owns his own hockey arena in suburban Detroit; a herd of 150 Hereford brood cows; shares in a ranch; is sports adviser for a Canadian de- partment store chain; does promotion work for a Detroit car company; co-owns a fran-chisea string of hockey schools, and sells insurance for Olympia Insurance Co., owned by Bruce Norris. A quiet, almost shy man in public, Howe can be a silent avenger on the ice-deadly in the corners with fist or stick. He has taken more than 300 stitches in has face, but you have to peer closely to see their delicate tracery. He has suffered damaged knees, broken ribs, a broken wrist, bro* ken toes, a shoulder dislocation, scalp wounds and other cuts. Rookie race an interesting one Esposito appears cinch as scoring champ MONTREAL (CP) - While centre Phil Esposito of Boston Bruins appears to have a stranglehold on the Art Ross Trophy and the accompanying $1,000 that is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's top scorer in regular-season play, a couple of other races are not so cut and dried. Despite the fact the Bruins, first-place finishers in the NHL's East Division, lost four straight games last week, Esposito today has 69 goals, including 16 in his last 12 games, to go with his 74 assists for 143 points. That's 10 more than Boston defenceman Bobby Orr, who has 37 goals and 96 assists for his 133 playoff action against Montreal Canadiens next week. Boston's John Bucyk, a veteran left winger, remained in third place with 112 points, 11 more than team-mate Ken Hodge. Bobby Hull of Chicago Black Hawks is fifth with 96 points, 15 ahead of Norm Ull-man of Toronto Maple Leafs. But the battle still goes on to see who will be the highest scoring rookie in NHL history, with three players in the thick of it. They are Jude Drouin of Minnesota North Stars, Gilbert Perreault of Buffalo Sabres and Tom Webster of Detroit Red Wings. Last week each eclipsed Danny Grant's record 65-point performance with the North Stars in 196849 when be won the Oalder Trophy. Drouin was the first to break Grants mark, earning his 66th point last Thursday against Philadelphia Flyers. Perreault and Drouin now are tied for SPOKIS Old-timers meet Elks Wednesday Some 2% weeks ago the Lethbridge Maple Leafs celebrated their 20th anniversary of winning the world amateur hockey championship in Paris, France in 1951. Wednesday evening a good number of the former leafs will take their equipment out of mothballs and don the blades in an exhibition game with the Lethbridge Midgets Elks as part of the celebrations of Elks Week in Lethbridge. The game is set for eight o'clock at Civic Ice Centre. Some of the stars of yesteryear who will be strutting their Stuff include Bill Gibson, Don McLean, Les Colwill, Howie Yanosik, Steve Arisman, Stan Maxwell, Bill Chandler, Hec Negrello, Carl SorokosM, George Rodzinyak, Dick Gray and Ken Branch. Added to the team are managers Pete Slobodian, Mal-ley Hughes and Whitey Rim-stead. As a special added attraction the Old-timers will add a few Patterson triumphant PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson logged some more mileage on his comeback trail Monday night by stopping Philadelphian Roger Russell by a technical knockout in the ninth round of a scheduled ten-rounder. The 36-y e a r -o 1 d Patterson, who says he wants a match with current champ Joe Fra-zier, combined a wild barrage of body blows and overhand shots to the head to immobilize Rus-sel. The referee stopped the fight in 1:29 of the next to last round when it appeared the 25-year-old Russell could no longer defend himself. It was the 49th career victory and 33th knockout for Patterson. He has lost seven and has one draw. In a 15-year career, he became the only heavyweight champion to regain the title after losing it. 18th position in the scoring race* with 67 points, one more than Webster. As the final week of regular-season play starts, New York Rangers' goaltending team of Ed Giacomin and Gilles Ville-mure holds an eight-goal edge over Chicago's Tony Esposito, Gerry Desjardins and Gilles Meloche in the Vezina Trophy race. Each team has three games remaining, and should the Rangers' combination win the award, it would be the first Vezina Trophy victory for the New York squad since 1939-40 when Dave Kerr won it, tCORINO LIADBRS 6 A Pts Pim Esposito, Bos ........ 69 74 143 71 Orr, BOS............ 37 96 133 (7 Bucyk, BOS ......... SO 62 112 4 Hodge, Bos ..... .... 42 59 101 109 B. Hull Chi ......... 44 52 96 32 Ullman, Tor ......... 33 46 81 24 Keon, Tor .......... 37 37 74 4 MeKenzle, Bos ...... 30 44 74 118 Bellveau, Mtl ...... 24 50 74 38 Cashman, Bos ....... 20 54 74 98 Stanfleld, Bos ....... 23 49 72 12 Tkaczuk, NY ....... S5 46 71 44 F. Mahovllch, Mtl .... 30 40 70 41 Ratelle, NY ...... 25 44 69 14 Mlftlta, Chi ......... 23 46 69 85 Cournoyer, Mtl..... 35 33 68 21 Perreault, Buf ...... 36 31 67 19 Drouin, Mln ......... 16 51 67 49 Webster, Det...... 29 37 66 34 D. Hull, Chi ......... 38 26 64 16 Geldsworthy, Mln ... 34 30 64 83 ANDY CAPP Right now he suffers from arthritis in his left wrist which, he says, is cutting down his efficiency. .A reporter who was there the night long ago Howe had a stick rammed into his eye tells this story; "They rushed him to hospital. I went too, and other reporters and team officials. We waited in the hallway. He had a brain hemorrhage and doctors operated to relieve the pressure. "I thought he was going to die. I had the story all written. . . . But he came out of it and was back playing a month later." Howe seldom drinks and never smokes and his only concession to passing years is to keep to a stricter diet than he did as a carefree bachelor. He has been likened to actor Gary Cooper, is a favorite with kids and has two nicknames-Blinky and The Big Guy. "Blinky" comes from his habit of blinking rapidly when he's tired. "The Big Guy" is what Ms team-mates call one of the strongest men in hockey. The late Jack Adams, as general manager of the Wings, once said "He could have been a big-leaguer in anything he did." It was Adiams who picked Howe up after New York Rangers took a look and passed. Lou Boudreau, the American League manager, once said Howe could have been a major league baseball player with his natural swing. Pros have said he could have made it in golf and fight managers have commented on his tremendous build, his powerful sloping shoulders, his heavy wrists and arms and Ms rhythm and timing. young, old-timers to their lineup including Doug Fleming, Brent Seely, Trevor Norlin, Pat Sullivan, Rodger Livingstone and Marv Moser. The Elks, a midget rep team, will be bolstered by a trio of Lethbridge Sugar Kings. Players for the Old-timers are asked to meet at the Civic Sports Centre at 7:16. LCI group ill fine form Five competitors from the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute took part in the one-day second annual provincial gymnastics championships in Calgary and came away with their share of honors. . Taking part In the novice men division the local contingent finished in the top seven placings, individually. Terry Leslie won the competition with 40.85 points. He accumulated these points with victories in free exercise, side horse, rings, parallel bars, vaulting and high bars. Ron Noss, also of the LCI, was second with 38.15 points. Corby Pankhurst followed at 37.25 points. Fourth spot went to W. Hunt of Central Western while Kevin McKenzie of North Central was fifth. Malcolm Lowings and David Raines of the LCI followed with 33.20 and 32.15 points respectively. The one-day event attracted better than 30 competitors. ybuYe miles/^ahead at Tinstone Roundup of bowling GLENDALG BOWL KIMURA'S MIXED Wayne Graham 269, Willis Wester-green 251, Randy Larue 228, Laverne Block 225, Nora Rlgelhof 268, Bonnie Kllmek 259, Melody Ives 236 Wendy Korth 254, Ed Wlebe 249, Roy Peterson 271, Ruth Johnson 227, Randy Lang 248. SOUTH ALTA PRODUCI Delter Bechtold 267 (756), John Scat-tergood 271 (713), Gerry Hakie 269, Lydla Dow 270, Dot Alshaskl (668), Bob Olshaski 256, Kathy Carpenter 232, Marg Roth 241, Dale Fitz-slmmonds 284, Sat Nagata 234, John Scattergood Sr. 231, Bev Clark 236. CHINOOK STATIONERS Sandy Scattergood 251 678), Jean House 321, Betty Hobbs 248 Mert Oually 244, Donna Wlllowbey 234, Elalna Strelln 225, Bernlce Hay 246, Paull Paul 218, Cora Duarsdall 209, Nina Slndllnger 211. HAY AGENCIES Ellen King 298 (793), Karen Carney 268 (758), Jean Gross 260 (689), Mary Potvin 235 (685), Jean Passey 250 652), Isla Welsh 261, E. Fenton 219, A. Pruagger 220, L. Boyden 230, Nells Patuzak 219. SHOPPIRS WORLD Betty Petersen 361 (885), Bea Salmon 298 (719), Dena Smith 282 (660) Sandy Scattergood 255, Dorothy Soren-son 276 (741), Helen Dickson 233, Ruth Cunningham 258, Mary Johnson 252, Rose Hamilton 281 (696), Irene Lynde 248 (668). SENIOR CITIZENS Betty Murtland 229, H. C. Brown 232, Stacey 222, Andy Allison 232, Fred Beard 207, Flo Campbell 171, Molly Adams 122, Alice Erlckson 138, Henry Myrw 171, VASA MIXED Bob Hanson 240, Jim Berry 252, Bud Grauttel 228, Joyce Berry 252, Rick Larson 214, Slim Berry 229 Orvid Oseen 214, Dolly Belle 268, John Cau-son 249, Lll Hegland 204. BOISE CASCADE Dale Harnack 223, Dave Waddell 246, Rick Caldwell 238, Sandy McCrady 203, Galen Harris 200, Vernlca Kouaes 250, Garry Brown 233. CAPRI BOWL MORNING COFFEE Pat Plomp 251; Freda Linn 2411 May Hlebert 309; Betty Hobbs 214; June Taylor 235; Coleen Manak 211; Mel Robertson 219; Mary Ward 213; Beth Koskoskl 209. MARTINIZINO Leone Wolosyn 278 (708); Marg Smith 277; Masa Goshlnmon 245; Issle Orsten 233; Dorothy Matheson 233; May Mahe 230; Marg Malcomson 221; Karan Carney 240; Pat Plomp 222; Lois Clarkt 227. GREEK'S SHOES Karen McFayden 269; Eleanor Dorl-gattl 314 (732); Gerry McMahon 270; Phyl Harrison 277; Jeanette Houteka-mer 285; Earl Armour 321; Ken Malcomson 331 (785); John Tlnordl 335 (767); Sid Pollock 341 (759); Jim Higa 286 (764). EAGLES LODGE Mary Bolokoskl 214; Robert Thomson 254; Mary Ward 221; Geo Zarychl 241; Willie Plomp 235; Cyril Barnett 269; Doug McCarthy 257; Geo Match-ctt 269) VI Pn%a 240; Grace Gillett 209. YBC BANTAM BOYS Alex Gepnerls 172; Parry McDonald 187; Darren Pepper 193; Larry Albush 200; Frank Novak 1B2; Mike Sharun 189; Jim McCracken 191; Harvle Pocza 271. BANTAM GIRLS Lorj Hamilton Wli Kathy, Langford 169; Carol Manak 153; Branda Chrlstta 158; Debbie Szabo 154; Lorl Chaki 149. YOUNG ADULTS Darrall Lagler 292 (782); Randy Wolstoncroft 273; Ken Larson 316; Randy Sllllto 278; Dennis Smith 284; Suzan McDonald 232; Linda Malcomson 221; Gall Hedberg 260; Darlent Terry 229; Sandle Keturakis 212. YBC JUNIORS AND SENIORS Melody Ives 278; Randy Jovenazzo 253; Linda (Malcomson 212; Peter Novak 220; Nadlna Kovacs 207; John Novak 298; Lorl Smeed 233; Bernle Pohl 233; Delphi Trimmer 269; Les Erlckson 206; Harold Oddla 200; Ken Kurtz 201. THOMAS ADAMS TOURNEY Otto Pankotay 267; Tom Urano 271; Bill Hamilton 256; Sam Glrardl 373 (816); Kathy Muller 268; Dlanne Pe-derson 262; Roy Vaykovlch 265; Gary Wyrostok 345; Randy Wolstoncroft 356 (781); Bernlce Hay_ 237; Suzan McDonald 234: Jean fassey 237; uea Salmon 220. FRIDAY SCHOOLS YBC Rick Maclean 212; Rick Barva 258; Frank Gretzinger 231; Bev Salmon 178; Marilyn Sanders 180; Robert Henderson 193; Michelle Maclean 151; Bev Passey 152; Lynne Pearson 145; Ron Gretzinger 231. 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