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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta May LtTHBRIDQI HERALD -25 New York writer takes last look at what took place Stan Fischler looks at hockey 1973-74 The ice is melting in hockey rinks around the continent which means it's time to reflect on the season just past. Several thoughts come to The World Hockey less than two yean in operating has brought the 57-year-old National Hockey League to its knees. When the two circuits signed their armistice agreement last Winter it signalled the biggest gain ever achieved so quickly by any major league anytime. No matter what happens in the Stanley Cup Boston Bruins' coach Bep Guidolin rates the highest accolades for bringing Beantown another first-place club and for censuring the most destructive hockey player ever to come down the Derek Sanderson. Another New England Ron Ryan of the deserves similar kudos. Despite an enormous series of Ryan has accomplished what few people could he filled the shoes of Jack Kelley and steered the Whalers into first again. There aren't words adequate enough to describe the comeback of Gordie Howe and the astonishingly rapid development of his defenseman Marty and left wing Mark of the Houston Aeros. If Bobby' Hull single-handedly made the WHA in the Howes cemented the league's foundation in 1973-74. Needless to say Etnile Francis failed for the eighth straight year to bring the New York Rangers into first place. Francis if nothing consistent. For the eighth consecutive season he unbelievable the injuries we Danny Gallivan remains the best play- by-play hockey announcer on either side of the both for radio and television. In the United States the Albert Brothers Steve cannot be beaten Hottest piece of hockey journalism belongs to Doug Michel and Bob Mellor who wrote a book called Wing and a Birth Pains of a WHA Franchise. The chapter blasting Dave Keon is dynamite. Smartest coach in Three-way tie Fred .Billy Reay and Andy Bathgate. I could suggest one thing to put something back into the says ban the slapshot in the minors. A kid could take his first slapshot when he's not The dumbest move made by any executive was Lee Mattison's York Golden decision to ship his leading Ron to Vancouver. In so Mattison broke up one of hockey's best lines Ward-Wayne Rivers Brian Bradley and loused up a whole season for the Ward and Vancouver. Smartest move made by an executive was Howard Baldwin's decision to yank the New England Whalers out of Boston where his club was getting a jobbing from the Boston Garden and the and move them to Hartford where a new arena is being finished for next season. Best idea if it works is Ben Hatskin's plan to have both the Province of the City of Winnipeg and prominent citizens take control of the Winnipeg Jets. figured Winnipeg so says wouldn't believe. It has to be community ownership of the Jets. There are only people in Winnipeg. This is a small town. They don't want private ownership. I can't pressure anybody to buy As for the laurels once again must go to Teddy captain of the Whalers. Given up for dead after the stick-swinging duel with Wayne and given up as a has-been by the Bruins after his attempted Green has directed the Whalers to two straight first- place finishes in the WHA. Gil is what a comeback is all about As for it's time to say for another hockey season I hope to see you again here next Fall. Regina Pats9 Rob Laird was most talked about First ftlit hurt f JirbI nuri U S. Auto Club steward Walt Myers was hit by the first car driven onto the Indianapolis Speedway Driven by Mike the car hit Myers and broke his hip and left wrist CALGARY Scouts from virtually every hockey club in North America gathered from the annual Memorial Cup luncheon and most of them talked about using Rob Laird of Regina instead of better-known junior prospects who set a team penalty record with Regina Pats of the Western Canada Hockey league this did enough Monday night in a 4-0 victory over St Catharines Black Hawks to make many observers overlook his lack of stature A 165-pounder who stands Laird got a earned an assist and won two fights against a Black Hawk player at least 15 pounds heavier all in less than 24 minutes He was banished with a game misconduct at 3 44 of a brawl-studded second period for refusing to enter the penalty box after his second with St. Catharines defencemen Larry Fink He left the game briefly after a first-period scrap with the same player to have three stitches put in his knuckles As all three clubs in the 1974 Canadian junior hockey playoffs rested in preparation for a game tonight between Regina and Quebec many of the Pats I HIGA'S MEN'S WEAR 406 1 3th Street North Final 3 Friday and Saturday SUMMER 1Rack0f Values to 35.00 1 Rack Of SUITS SPORTS COATS Values to 100.00 T-SHIRTS Values to 14.95 Vz Price Values to 40.00 Price SUITS Values to 150.00 Price .........All BOYS' CLOTHING V2_Off......... 1 TABLE OF SLACKS Values to 19.95 1 TABLE OF SLACKS Values to 30.00 OFF ALL SALES FINAL ALTERATIONS EXTRA PIMM Allow Extra for were still angry over the tactics of St Catharines coach Paul Emms in the Regina victory Monday night Seldom-used defenceman Legionettes practice The Lethbndge Legionettes are in desperate need of ball players for the 1974 Lethbndge Women's Softball League season Anyone wishing to try-out for the team may do so by attending their practice slated for 6 30 at St Pats School tonight The 1974 league season will officially start Monday night with a pair of games The first game is set for a 6 30 start while the second tilt will get underway at 8 30 Meanwhile minor softball players will practice four different sites Thursday night Bantam and midget boys will hold a practice at Kinsmen Park while girls from 9-12 years of age will hit the fields at St Fleetwood Bawden and General Stewart All practices will start at six o'clock Short sport ON LONG CONTRACT DENVER Haver Denver Broncos' leading receiver last signed a multi-year contract with the National Football League team Tuesday Terms of the contract were not made public Moses last year caught 28 passes for 518 yards and eight touchdowns WINDFALL DALLAS John New- favorite for the first prize in the World Cham- pionship Tennis was literally snowed under with greenbacks Tuesday As the highpomt scorer in the WCT's three world the Australian received in bills from a sponsoring slacks manufacturer RANGERS BUY SIMS Tex Texas Rangers purchased catcher Duke Sims from the New York Yankees Tuesday night for an undisclosed amount -of cash Sims had been dropped from the Yankees' 25-man roster on the weekend To make room for the Rangers optioned rookie mfielder Mike Cubbage to Spokane of the Pacific Coast League. ESCAPE CRASH INDIANAPOLIS Rookie drivers Lee Brayton and Tom duelling at a speed near 180 miles an were involved in a fiery crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday. Both escaped injury They entered the first turn at high speed with driving a Vollstead slightly ahead Bigelow's car began to swerve and driving an rammed it with both cars spinning into the outside wall TOPS MONEY LIST NEW YORK Chris Evert's victory in last week's pro tennis tour event at Sea S C moved her to the top of the United States Lawn Tennis Association's earnings list for the winter- spring women's professional tour. Miss Evert earned figures released Tuesday by the USLTA show She won six of nine tournaments and finished ahead of Billie Jean who earned with five victories in eight Don a six-goal man during the regular Ontario Hockey Association junior attacked Regina's top- gun Dennis Sobchuk after a face-off early in the second period don't mind said Sobchuk they're looking out for they're not looking at the puck Clark Gillies and Greg Joly are Regina's top players if you disregard the scrappy Laird who graduates this season because his birthday is two days before the eligibility deadline.Gillies and Sobchuk each spent much of the first two periods fighting or defending themselves Left to his own Joly played the kind of game purists dream about say Sobchuk has signed for million with the World Hockey said one scout for a National Hockey League team much does that mean Joly should Joly was not impressed with his performance thought I played well. I was ready to play well St. Catharines left me alone because they were concentrating on Sobchuk are lots of good hockey players on this club Quebec needs a victory tonight to create the possibility of a playoff Friday If the Pats as Regina will meet St Catharines Sunday in the decisive game Spokesmen for both clubs expect the game tonight to be as rough as their first one Top player gets trophy CALGARY An individual player will receive a trophy after the final game of the 1974 Memorial Cup hockey guests at the annual Memorial Cup dinner were told Tuesday The to be named the George Parsons trophy will be awarded to the player who best combines ability and sportsmanship in the final game Sunday night who lost an eye while playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs against Chicago Black Hawks in a National Hockey League game in is North American sales manager of which sponsors the Memorial Cup and has provided the trophy City champs Abe front and Harry Mensch of the Navy Air Force won the city shuffleboard title recently m a playoff Minor baseball Dave Schneider connected for a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning and lifted the Orioles to a slim 7-6 victory over the Red Sox in a Lakeside Little League game Monday night Doug Henderson earned the mound win while Bruce Bedford suffered the loss Schneider led his teammates at the plate stroking two doubles and two singles while Ron Skolrood poked out a double and a pair of singles in a losing cause In another Lakeside the Twins edged the White Sox 6- 5 Neil Court fired the third strike past 14 batters and gave up only two hits for the win while Scott Maxwell was tagged for 12 hits in taking the loss Court also led the Twins at the plate with three singles followed by Calvin Byam who managed a double and a single At the Astro's blanked the Dodgers 13-0 behind Barry Coghlm's two- hitter Coghlin was credited the decision striking out 16 in six innings while Rick Gal took the loss Len Young and Jamie Coghlin belted three singles each for the winners while Greg Fix added a pair Gal and Craig Nyrose managed singles each off Coghlin The Cub.s blasted the Expos 16-6 with Rick Moser earning the mound verdict over Clarke Bosch Moser also singled four times at the plate while Dick Reedyk chipped in with two doubles and a single. I Nelson rapped two singles in a losing cause Meanwhile at Lakeside Tuesday the Angels tallied eight runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on to score a 15-7 victory over the Yankees Ross Vrabel went the distance to earn the win in the extra-inning ball game while reliever Kenny Wood suffered the loss Jeff Krokosh started on the mound for the Yanks Golf league Country Club Low net Al Kenwood and Terry Steen of Gentlemen HI tied 40 Low gross Gentlemen III 31 Low team net Oliver J D R Bower and J Home TEAM STANDINGS Dongattl 19 Lakeview Texaco 17 Oliver Industries 16 Gentlemen ill is Reliance Agencies 14 Bastedo 12 Lethbndge OHice Furniture 12 Canada Packers 11 blacks Men s Wear 9 Eatons 6 Perky 6 King Chrysler 4 SAFETY Make sure you can stop t us check brakes your If will install Genuine GM Brake shoes and linings They're beet for your car and they fit without fiddling BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE SERVICE DEPARTMENT 2nd Ave. and 8th Strtot 8. Phono 321-1101 ;