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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta WedniiJoy, Novtmbtr I, 197? THE LETHMIDGE HEULD -11 Traffic jam atop World Association standings How do you figure Kings' winning streak? By IAN MacLAINE Canadian Press Staff Writer There was a time in the not too distant past when Kalph Backstrom almost quit hockey. More recently, the future of Los Angeles Kings has been in doubt. Fortunately, both have sur- vived their depressions and the Kings are currently on an eight-game winning streak that has moved them four points atop the National Hockey League's West Division. Backstrom scored the winner in their latest conquest, 3-2 over St. Louis Blues Tuesday Stan Fischler's Inside Hockey TF TEAM CANADA served any useful purpose it ended at 1 least for the moment the bitter feud between New York Rangers All-Star defenseman Brad Park and Art Ross Trophy-wanner Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins. The feud began last spring when Park described Esposito as "gutless" in Brad's brat-selling book, "Play The Man." It reached a high boiling point in May when several Bruins look hard runs at Park during the Stanley Cup finals. Then, wonder of wonders, Park and Esposito became colleagues on Team Canada and, suddenly, love was in bloom. "I got to know Esposito really well during the Russian says Park, "and he's really an easy guy to get along with. We had a common purpose and we went about our business as any team would. I consider Pln'l a good friend." In "Play The Park also denounced several other Bruins for their roughhouse style of shinny. But apparently the departure of Johnny McKenzie, Ted Green and Gerry Cheevers from Beantown has given Brad a new perspective on the Boston sextet. "To tell you the Park concludes, "if I were ever traded to the Bruins I'd have no problem getting along with the guys." As long as he leaves his book at home! The World Hockey Association has proven to be a lot tougher a nut to crack for former minor leaguers and ex- Olympians than observers had at first thought. Alton White, the only Negro in the majors, scored easily with Providence in the American League last year. White, a native of Amherst, Nova Scotia, had been expected to lure loads of black fans to Madison Square Garden but his play has been a grave disappointment to the New York Raiders so far this year. "Some people think he can be reports a rival WHA coach. "If that's true, he's going to be hearing a lot of footsteps around the league in the months to come." Former U.S. Olympian Wally Olds, now on the Raiders defense, has found the WHA hitting a lot more robust than he Imagined. The WHA surprise so far has been Brian Morenz, the 23 year old second cousin of the late Howie Morenz, who has been playing centre for the Raiders. "Brian could turn out to be one helluva says Minnesota Fighting Saints coach Glen Sonmor. Quebec City hockey people are breathing easier now that Maurice "Rocket" Richard stepped down as coach of the WHA's Les Nordiques. Although The Rocket originally seemed like a natural for the job when he was hired last July, a series of blunders by Maurice had disenchanted backers of the club. Worst of all was Richard's decision to visit Europe with his wife to see the Team Canada-Russia series. He did so at a time when he should have been in Quebec getting to know the players on his new team, at training camp. By the time Richard returned, the WHA season was about to begin and his Quebec players, with one or two ex- ceptions, were virtually strangers to him. That's no way to run a hockey club. The World Series triumph of Charles Finley's Oakland Athletics should be a boon to mustacheoed and potentially- bearded hockey players since the hirsute Oakland athletes did so well on the diamond. Curiously, there are some hockey managers who still are living in the 1950's and are adamantly opposed to mustaches, let alone beards. Emile Francis, g.m.-coach of the Rangers, has a club rule forbidding the wearing of mustaches on his NHL club; which explains why Brad Park and Gene Carr both shaved off their lip hairs before the NHL season began. Francis still is displeased with Carr's long, blonde Shirley Temple hair- do. Last season some Rangers, supposedly led by goalie Ed Giacomin with the blessing of Francis, trapped Carr and forceably trimmed his long locks. By no coincidence the former Flin Flon junior ace went into a scoring slump from which he has yet to fully recover. Coaches clinic set A freo coaches clinic for all interested hockey coaches in Lethbridge and southern Alber- ta will he staged Nov. 14-15 at. the Adams Ice Centre. Steve Arisman of the city's Community Service Depart- ment will handle Ihc coaching fundamentals while l.eo Har- rold will give instructions on the rules and regulations. The two-day clinic will com- mence at 7 p.m. and will run until 10 p.m. each evening. Meanwhile the Soulhcrn Al- berta Juvenile Hockey League will open their 1972-73 season tonight. The Lethbridge Warriors will lake on Ihc Lcthbridgc Midget Klks at p.m. at the Civic Ice Centre. night, and moved into second place in the NHL scoring race with team-mate Butch Goring. Goring, who assisted on the first Los Angeles goal by Jim Peters and engineered Backst- rom's winner at of the third period, now has picked up a point in the last 10 Los Ange- les games. SHARE SECOND Backstrom and Goring have 22 points apiece and are dead- locked with Rod Gilbert of New York Rangers and John Bucyk of Boston Bruins, three behind points leader, Buffalo Sabre centre Gilbert Perreault. It was the only game sched- uled Tuesday night. The Kings go after No. 9 in Atlanta tonight against the Flames while Montreal Cana- diens entertain Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver is in New York with the Rangers, New York Islanders are at Chicago Black Hawks, Philadelphia Fly- ers at Pittsburgh Penguins and California Golden Seals at Min- nesota North Stars. Backstrom was a dis- consolate figure midway through the 1970-71 season when he jumped Montreal Canadiens and headed home to Kirkland Lake, Ont. There were rumors of friction with then coach Claude Ruel which neither side denied. Speculation was that Backst- rom would only return to the club if he was traded to a west coast franchise. JOINS KINGS Several weeks of talks en- sued, following which the speedy centre returned to Mon- treal and was shortly thereafter dispersed to Los Angeles in a straight trade for Gord Labos- siere. The Kings were a sinking shi1) and continued to flounder, fmishing out of the playoffs the last three years, going through a succession of coaches and drawing at the gate only when some of the old established NHL teams visited Jack Kent Cooke's plush Forum in subur- ban Inglewood. The Kings showed little signs of awakening early in the 1972- 73 schedule behind rookie coach Bob Pulford. But in recent weeks they've put it together and during their current win record for expansion outscored the op- position 37-11. The World Hockey Associ- ation may not be North Amer- ica's biggest drawing card, but the fledgling league can hardly be accused of not providing a balanced diet. Three points separate the top four teams in the Western Divi- sion and four points the first five in the Eastern sector after Tuesday night's contests. Alberta Oilers set up a log- jam atop the west by beating New York Raiders 4-2 at Ed- monton while Houston Aeros nipped the hometown Chicago Cougars 3-2. Fewer than fans wit- nessed both games. Tonight the Raiders are in Los Angeles against the Sharks and Winnipeg Jets, who share first in the west with Alberta and Los Angeles, visit Quebec Nordiques. DRAWS 3 ASSISTS Jim Harrison picked up three assists at Edmonton, engineer- ing the winning and insurance goals by Al Hamilton and Steve Carlyle that broke up a 2-2 Same in the third period in front of 2.816 fans. Alberta's Bill Hicke and Norm Ferguson of the Raiders exchanged first-period goals, lion Walters put the Oilers ahead with the only goal of the second period. Craig Reichmuth knotted the score for New York early in the third period which was delayed at when Ron Anderson of Alberta and Ted Scharffc radcd punches. Bolh players drew fighting major1 penalties. At Chicago, where saw he Cougars suffer their ninth setback in 12 games, Ed Hockstra and Jack Stanfield scored Iheir first goals of Ihc season to break up a 1-1 stale- mate in the third period. Rosnire Paicmcnt put Chi- cago ahead 1-0 at of the second period, a goal matched about four minutes later by Ted Taylor. Hoekstra, at of the third, and Stanfield at moved the Aeros into a 3-1 lead before Reg Fleming closed out the Cougars' scodng with less than three minutes remaining. Cleveland Crusaders, who jumped into an early lead in the Eastern Division, have 17 points but now are followed at one-point !ntervals by New England Whalers, Quebec, New York and Ottawa Nationals. LOS ANGELES 3 ST. LOUIS 1 First Period 1. Los Angeles, Pet- ers 1 (Goring, Curlls) Penalties Berry Merrlck ll.-OB. Second Period 2. Los Angeles, Wldlr.g i, 3. St. Louis, Unger 6 (McCord) 4. S.t Louis, Murphy t (McCordl I'M. Penalties Plager Third Period 5. Los Angeles, Backstrom 10 (Goring, Bernier) Penally Komadosik Shots on goal by Los Angeles St. Louis Could come today Hull, McKenzie await decision PHILADELPHIA (AP) The fortunes of Bobby Hull, John McKenzie and other Na- tional Hockey League players who succumbed to fabulous money. offers from the new Finlefs teams to stay put MINNEAPOLIS (API Charles 0. Finley, said Tues- day that Oakland Athletics' pitcher Vida Blue is not on the trading block. And Finley added just as vo- ciferously that his hockey Cali- fornia Golden Seals, baseball Athletics and basketball Mem- plus Tarns are staying put where they are, at least for now. Finley called a news confer- ence Tuesday night to announce that Seals' coach Garry Young had resigned because of iU health and that Fred Glover, will handle the team behind the bench on an interim basis. Blue, who was named the American League's 1971 Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner as the out- standing pitcher, slumped to only six victories in 1972 season and is reported to have said he wanted to be traded when he was used mostly in relief in the World Series. "No Finley responded to a question of a Blue trade. "My hometown of La Porte, Ind., is giving a testimonial on my be- half the 15th of this month. "They invited three players- Joe Rudi, Gene Tenace and Vida Blue. They will all be there. It made me very happy that Vida said he would be there. "We are expecting great tilings from Vida Blue next sea- son. He's the greatest athlete I ever met. He's got a really competitive heart, great deter- mination. The only problem he had last year is that he was misled by an agent." Blue, who won 25 games in 1971, missed several weeks of the season while holding out. CHAMPS IN THE BAY Telling of his plans to leave his pro teams where they are, Finley said: "Never has there been a world championship team de- veloped for the Bay area. We liave now proven ourselves in the Bay area, and I'm optimis- tic enough to believe the Bay area is going to get behind the As. "When or if a team leaves the Bay area, it won't be the As. In Memphis, the Tarns arc lie only professional team there. I don't like competition although it doesn't freightcn ine-and I'm sure Memphis will lurn out to be a happy fran- chise. "California isn'l conducive, vcl. to hockey. II will take lime o develop. I'm sure it will be- cause, to me, hockey is one of he fastest and most fascinating of tho pro yport.s." World Hockey Association awaited the decision today of U.S. District Court Judge A Leon Higginbotham. The judge's aides said he would issue a 200-page opinion that would decide whether the NHL is prevented by anU-trust laws from maintaining ex- clusive control over its athletes, The specific case involves McKenzie, whom the WHA Philadelphia Blazers lured from the NHL Boston Bruins to become player-coach for a re- ported a year. The Blazers and McKenzie asked the court to rule the NHL reserve clause an anti-trust vio- lation on grounds it constituted an illegal monopoly and kept players from negotiating out- side the league. The suit was filed against the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, who bought McKenzie's con- tract from the Bruins last sum- mer. COUNTERS WIIA ACTION In return, the NHL filed a countersuit asking Higginbo- tham to prohibit its former skaters from playing in the WHA this season. The NHL contended the new league con- spired to induce its players into breaking their contracts. Also affected by the case was a separate action brought by the NHL Chicago Black Hawks against Hull, who jumped to Winnipeg Jets of the WHA as player-coach for a 10-year, 52.75 million contract. Higginbotham earlier refused to block the Black Hawk suit and returned the case to a Chi- cago court. The action has forced Hull to stay off the ice. McKenzie also hasn't been playing, but for a different rea- broken arm. Other ex-NHL stars who tumped to the WHA included: Derek Sanderson from the Bruins to the Blazers, Gerry Cheevers from the Bruins to Cleveland Crusaders, Ted Green from the Bruins to New England Whalers and J. C. Tremblay from Montreal Cana- diens to Quebec Nordiques. sports menu TONIGHT Cily Recreation Hockey League. LCC vs u of L 8 p.m and Purity Botlling vs Miners p.m. Both games at the Henderson Ice Centre. Southern Alberta Juvenile Hockey League. Lelhbridge Warriors vs Lelh- bridge Elks at p.m. at the Civic Ice Centre. THURSDAY City Recreation Hockey League. Labor Club vs LCC 8 p.m. at the Hertderson Ice Centre. SATURDAY Central Alberta Junior H o c k oy League. Oyon vs Native Sons 8 p.m. at the Henderson Ice Centre. SUNDAY Central Alberta Junior H o c k ey League- Manna vs Native Sons at 2 Henderson Ice centre Commercial M e n 's Broomball League. Knight Clubbers vs Honda Sunburst Ceramics vs Fior- ina Rovers p.m.; Corectional In- Slitution vs Weltcrlich p.m.; Lelh- bridge Hotel vs Local 740 p.m.; Herman's L'pholstcry vs Liberty Boil- ers p.m. All games staged at the Civic Ice Crntrp. Oil, Kings climb into first, phuw in wesl, Tigers suffer fourth straight setback By THE CANADIAN 1'KK.SS Edmonton Oil Kings climbed Tuesday night to the vantage point they hud once been most familiar with in the Weslcrn Canada Hockey league. The club, league champions last year, rose to first place In Iho western division from third wilh n !l-'l victory over Medi- cine Hut Tigers. They oocinicd tii'st for most, of hist season. In the other games, Winnipeg .lets downed Vancouver NaLs 5- 3 and Swift Current Broncos tied Regina Pals 4-1, The Oil Kings' Iriumph rep- resented Medicine lint's fourth straight defeat as Mie club fell from a tie for first place to join New Westminster one point be- hind Edmonton. Wayne Perkins nnd John Ro- gers led tho Kdmonlon allnck wilh two goals each while sin- gles were netted by Fred Com- rie, Terry McDonald, Keith Maekie, Rocky Maze and Randy Smith. Replying for Ihc Immp-lnwn Tigers were Boyd Anderson, Kd .lohnslone, Ijinny McDonald and Laurent Gucncllc. In Vancouver, the Jets held Vancouver scoreless until close lo the end of Iho second period. Winnipeg was playing ils scv- enlh road game in nine nighls. Randy Knighl, (Jury Wiigncr, Dnvo Mnrin, Davo Elliott nnd Brian Dick led the ,Icls. Gordon Stewart, .lini Alamanonko and Murray Bock replied for Van- couver Honkio Nol.inindev Uo.vd Sarr, hold the .lels scoreless in tho final period, stopping II shots. It was his first game wilh the Nals and he replaced regular goalie .lack Cummins in Ihc Iliird. Winnipeg oulshot HIP Nnls M-'Ji.. A hy Dave Williams ;il of flic third period gave Swift Current the tie in a road game. Williams' goal rame less than a minute after Dennis Sobchuk gave .Regina a -1-3 lead with his second goal of the game. Rick Austin, Brian Trotticr and Brent. Illot scored the other Swift Current goals. Rob Laird and Mike Wanchuk also tallied for Ilpginn. In tonight's nelion, Edmonton is at Swift Current and Winni- peg at Victoria. PERFECT SIX-POINTER David Grant, of 1720 2nd Avenue North in the city, brought down a perfect six-point elk recently on a one-man expedition. Grant rays he was in his favorite spot, the top end of Hidden Creek, when he dropped the elk. It Weighed out at 850 pounds. It took him a day and a half to get the animal out from 3% milet from the Oldman River Road, It is believed to be the first big elk of the season. (Bill Groenen photo) Young resigns MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Charles 0. Finley announced that his California Golden Seals of the National Hockey League accepted the resignation Tues- day night of coach Garry Young. Finley, at a news conference, said Fred Glover, a Seals' ex- ecutive who previously was fired by Finley as coach, would take Young's job on an interim basis. "It may be three or four Finley said. "It may be 10 games, 20 games, the bal- ance of the season or until we find someone to take over." Finley said Young resigned for health reasons. He had un- dergone lung surgery three months ago and he said at the news conference, "the coacliing j pressure was more than I bar-1 gained for." Young joined the Seals' or- ganization as general manager last year and after Vic Stasiuk :eft the California coaching job 'ollowing the season, the Seals searched all summer for a new bench boss. When no found, Finley gave the job to Young. 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