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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THS IETHBRIDOE HERAID Saturday, May 1, 1970 SULLY SAYS F t -By Pat Sullivan NOT that there are that many in the world of sports. but it sure makes up for all the bad guys when a nice guy shows up once in a while. This desk had a visitor Thursday afternoon and it turned out to be one of the nice guys you look forward to seeing. I feel this anyway. The weather, of late, has been less than desirable so when Dave Smith ventured into the sports depart- ment- it brightened a rather dull day. You see Dave Smith is an organizer. It is because of this young man that Lethbridge will once again have a lacrosse team. Now I don't know about you but my knowledge of lacrosse is practically non-existent. However, things are looking up thanks to Dave. Now at leastI think 1 can go to a game and have a general idea of what is going on. Lacrosse, according to many people, is Canada's national sport. Every hockey fan in the country, and some .who aren't even fans, will argue until they are blue in the face that hockey is the national sport. Tliis isn't the issue and besides that's another story. Whether lacrosse is the national sport or not isn't that important. What is important is that the game, after an absence of many years, is coming back to Lethbridge and much of the thanks goes to Dave Smith. Upon arriving in Lethbridge after four years of play in a league in Edmonton, Smith took it upon himself to inquire as to the feelings on lacrosse in Lethbridge. More doors were closed to him than open but he did find enough interest to look further into the possibility of a team and possibly a league for Lethbridge. Today, all his hopes are slowly being fulfilled. "The enthusiasm is said Smith, "the City of Lethbridge has been truly great, the Optimist Club, everybody has just been great." When Smith first got the idea to get something started he had four sticks of his own and lots of good ideas, nothing else. As of now he is the playing coach of a junior club, to be known as the Lethbridge Natives Sons, and also has a juvenile club to work with. The Optimist Club will supply uniforms for the two clubs while the city has prepared the Arena for the Native Sons' league games. Lacrosse itself much resembles the game of hockey. There are six players on the floor at one time such as in hockey, a goalie, two defencemen and three forwards. Penalties in lacrosse are the same as in hockey as is the time involved in each infraction, be it a two minute minor and so on. One of the main differences In the two games, and one that Smith feels helps to speed up the game, is there are no offsides and the ball doesn't go out of play as much as in hockey. The game consists of three 20-minute periods but only the last five minutes of the game is stop time, another facet of the game that is speeded up. In describing the game Smith was quick to state "we like to refer to Lacrosse as the fastest game on two legs." Smith's love for lacrosse has given him a chance to play in the Canada Summer Games last year in Halifax. He played with the North Glenora Blues of Edmonton and they just missed out in medal com- petition by one goal. According to Smith the game is fast catching on. While it has has been established in Ontario and British Columbia other provinces have been taking up the game. For example, in Alberta some 60 players took part in the game four years ago. Today there are nearly boys playing lacrosse. And indications are that more will be playing in the next few years. Here in Lethbridge, Smith will have only two other players who have any experience but he is optimistic about their chances in the league for the first time. "We wont' set any records but I anticipate a berth in the the coach stated. The Native Sons will compete in a five team league with the Glenora Blues, Inglewoott Sham- rocks, Meadpwlark Larks and Cargary Trojans. Sham- rocks and Larks, like the Blues, are from Edmonton. The enthusiasm, as Smith said, is great, the locals work out in open-to-the-public sessions Thursday eve- nings at the Arena at seven o'clock. It would be worth your while to take in a practice and see a new concept of an old, old game. Native Sons will see their first action in Calgary May 23 and 24 and coach Smith feels this is the team the locals will have to beat out for a playoff berth. The Sons return home and will be on view for local supporters the following weekend as they begin their home schedule. Series Starts Sunday Bruins Can't Afford Complacent Attitude ST LOUIS (CP) Hockey fans, taking into account the National Hockey League regu- lar-season and playoff records of Boston Brains and St. Louis Blues, mjght. assume Boston will sweep their Stanley Cup final in four games. But while hockey Cans can af- ford to be complacent, the Bruins can't. They face off against the Blues here Sunday at 2 p.m. EDT in the first game of the best-of-seven series, to be televised nationally by the CBC After a second game Tuesday the teams move to Boston for the third and fourth contests Thursday and Sunday. Bruins, although finishing sec- ond in the East Division, had total 99 points on 40 wins ant nine ties. They then muscled their way past New York Rangers in six games of the best-of-seven quarter-finals and passed the di- vision-champion Chicago Black Seltzer Wants To Buy Seals SAN FRANCISCO (CP) Sports promoter Jerry Seltzer, the man who turned the ailing Roller Derby into a a-year operation, said Friday he prepared to pay between and for the National Hockey League's ailing Oakland Seals franchise. Seltzer, 37, said in an inter- view he has assembled a syndi- cate of San Francisco-area busi- nessmen who are prepared to put up all the cash necessary to ;ake over the franchise. The Seals, currently owned by Transnational Communications Inc. of New York, now are mired in financial difficulties and as of March, in default of on a loan of Tom the Wells Fargo Bank. Tlie former owners of the Seals, who include promoter Barry Vail G e r b i g, have Punched court actions asking 'or funds due them and are at- tempting to force a sale of the specifying the buyers. Seltzer said the only other wssible buyer he knows of is Charles 0. Finley, owner1 of the Oa' 'and Athletics baseball club. Seltzer said that Gerbig is at- tempting to force the former owners into foreclosing on the Seals to return the club to him so he can sell it to Finley. Transnational, which also owns the Boston Celtics fran- chise in the National Basketball Association, is reported at- tempting to have both fran- chises moved to New York State. They would be based at he new Nassau Long Island. Coliseum on However, the NHL is reported strongly opposed to a shift of the Oakland franchise. In Pittsburgh following Thurs- day night's NHL West Division "inal, league president Clarence Campbell said he sees a coming court showdown as a necessary >relude to restarting the stalled Seals franchise. He also revealed that finances were so shaky in Oakland that: "We had our money, of it, in an Oakland bank all season long to make good if they couldn't meet the payroll. It was an exercise in brinks- manship from the very first payroll to tile last." Campbell stressed that the NHL is dedicated to keeping the Seals in Oakland. Transnational puts a price tag on its NHL franchise, of which is in liabilities. Seltzer said he regards thor- ough television and radio cover- age of Seals home "lacking ever since the fran- chise came to the hay an essential to putting the club on a sound financial basis. He said he can guarantee local television coverage at a minimum, perhaps regional coverage later, as well as radio reporting of Seals games. He declined to identify any of the members of his syndicate and also did not specify what his coverage arrangements were. Seltzer added that he expects the Seals situation will be re- solved by the start of June. Joe Kapp A Free Agent ST. PAUL (AP) Joe Kapp, Minnesota Vikings quarterback, officially became a free agent Friday, but said he "abso- lutely" wants to play with the same National Football League team in 1970. Kapp became a free agent on ihc May 1 deadline when he hadn't signed. General manager Jim Finks said he expects no major prob- 'ems bringing all the Vikings, including Kapp, into the fold. Hawks in four games of the semi-final playoff. St. Louis won the West Divi- sion championship but their 8G points on 37 wins and ]2 ties would have placed them only fifth in the East Division am they needed six games to ge past Minnesota North Stars in the quarter-finals and six more to knock off Pittsburgh Pen- guins in the semi-finals. SUII, the St. Louis team pos- sesses elements that could give Boston trouble. The Blues, of course, have no- thing to match the Bruins' high-scoring Bobby Orr and Phi! Esposito. But ranked along with Boston's Johnny McKenzie anc Fred Stanfield are St. Louis for- wards Phil Goyette and Larry Keenan, all with 12 points in playoff scoring. Goyette is a strong rushing centre but Keenan, perhaps more than any other St Louis player, is the one who could prove most dangerous if the Bruins become careless. "He's an is the way coach Scotty Bowman de- scribes Keenan. "He can put the puck in the net which is what a lot of players can't do easily. I don't know what it is, but he has always had gi playoffs." Keenan now has is goals in three playoff seasons with the Blues, including tht winner in the sixth game of the semi-final Thursday, which sent. St. Louis past Pittsburgh and into the cup final for the third consecutive yecr. NEVER FAILED COACH "He's never failed me said Bowman, remembering the two goals Keenan scored i years ago to put the Blues into the playoff for the first lime. "He always comes up with the big goals." Itill another element that could give the Bruins trouble is the one lurking on the Et. Louis blueline in the form of hard- nosed defencemen Barclay, Bob smd Billy Plager and Noel Pi- card. When asked what kind of a series he expects to see against UK Bruins, Bob Plager said: "It'll be a hard-hitting series. Lots of body work. We'll play ;he man mostly." Such tough bodychecking, of course, could lead to brawls of the kind which marred the early games in both the Bruins' series with New York and the St. ,ouis encounter with Pitts- jurgh. The Blues' defence, vet- erans Al Arbour and Jean-Guy Talbot filling out the roster, is noted, for experience and tough- ness but not for speed. And speed is what will be needed to check the spectacular rashes of Orr Asked how the Blues defence planned to stop Orr, Bob Plager said: "We've got our goalie." ANDY CAPP WE blbN'T STAN6 A REFEREE WVS AGAINST US FROM THE START, AN1 THAT TOMMY WILSON, SHOULD) NEVER 'AVE BEEN F'THETEAM-'E LIKE A BIG- DAFT FLIPPIN'AMATEUR'S. IT'LL BE THE SAME Wll THE CARTS NOT LIKE THE OLb bAYS. ERIC POTT'S COULb DRINK EIGHTEEN PINTS AN% STILL HIT bOUSLE-TdP SIX TIMES OUT OF I WBHTHFfb 'URRY UP ANN THAT TELEVISION SET REPAIRED' THAT'S THE TROUBLE TDDAV, THE STAN6ARBS ARE FROM 'SNERV WE MEAN-; I'LLPUTTHE KETTLE ON Jefs Playing Give-Atvay Rollins Is Not Happy SPOKANE, Wash. (CP) Coach Al Rollins says his Spo kane Jets picked a poor time t start playing give-away hocke and he hopes it's not too late t correct their bad habits. "We gave them four Rollins said of Thursday night' third game of the Allan Cu senior hockey championshi whic Orillia Terriers won 5-2. We just played bad around and kept' them in th game." The Jets lead1 the best-of seven series 2-1 and Rollins i afraid a repeat performance by his club tonight and Simday could spell trouble. Dave Cox will probably star in goal for Jets firs appearance since they beat St Boniface Mohawks in the west era final. Regular netminder Seth Mar jn, a standout in Spokane's bi South Phoru 3174886 or 337-4445 ;