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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Traffic jam atop World Association standings How do you figure Kings' winning streak? By IAN MacLAINE Canadian Press Stall Writer There was a time in the not loo distant past when Ralph 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 least for the moment the bitter feud between New York Rangers All-Star defenseman Brad Park and Art Ross Trophy-winner Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins. The feud began last spring when Park described Esposito as "gutless" in Brad's best-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 Phil 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 al 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 Uiink he can be reports a rival WHA coach. "II 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 WIIA hitting 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 tliat 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 B time when he should have been in Quebec getting to know the players on his new team, at training camp. By the time Ricliard returned, the WHA season was 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 Uie 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 N7IL 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 inlo a scoring slump from wliich he has yet (o fully recover. Coaches clinic set A free coaches clinic for all interested hockey coaches in Lcthhridgc ;md southern Alber- will he singed Nov. 11-15 at the Adams Ice Centre. Steve Arisman of Ihc city's Community Service Depart mcnt will handle Ihc coaching fundamentals while If.a Har- rnld will give instructions on Ihc rules and regulations. The two-day clinic will com- mence at 7 p.m. and will run until 10 p.m. each evening. Meanwhile Ihe Southern Al- bcrta Juvenile Hockey League will open Ihcir 1972-73 season tonight. Tlie Lethbridge Warriors will lake on the Lclhbriclgc Midget Klks at p.m. at the Civic Ice Centre. night, and moved into second place in the NHL scoring race with team-male Butch Gorirg. 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 pouits 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 alter Nu. 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- cor. solale figure midway through the 1970-71 season when lie 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 shin and continued to flounder, finishing 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 The World Hockey Associ- ation may not be North Amer- ica's biggest drawing card, but ,he fledgling league can hardly be accused of not providing a balanced diet. Three points separate Hie 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- iam alop the west by beating New York Raiders 4-2 at Ed- monlon while Houston Acres nipped the hometown Chicago "ougars 3-2. Fewer than fans wit- nessed both games. Tonight the Haiders are In S Angeles against the Sharks and Winnipeg Jets, who share irst in the west with Alberta and Los Angeles, visit Quebec Nordiques. DRAWS 3 ASSISTS Jim Harrison picked up three assists at Edmonton, engineer- ng the winning and insurance goals by AI Hamilton and Steve Carlyle that broke up a 2-2 game in Ihe tliird period in ronl of 2.81G fans. Albert a's Dill Ificke and Morm Ferguson Of Ihc Raide-s jxchangcd first-period goals, ion Wallers put the Oilers head with Ihe only goal of Hie econd period. Craig Rcichmulh knotted the cere for New York early in the bird period which was delayed t when Ron Anderson of Mberla nurl Tod Scharffe raricd punches. Bolh players Ircw fighting majo- penalties. At Chicago, whore 2.M3 saw second period, a goal matched about four minutes laler by Ted Taylor. Hoekstra, at of the third, and Stanficld at moved the Aeros into a 3-1 lead before Reg Fleming closed out the Cougars' sco.-ing with less than three minutes remaining. Cleveland Crusaders, who jumped inlo an early lead In the Eastern Division, have 17 points but now are followed at one-point intervals by New England Whalers, Quebec, {few York and Ottawa Nationals. LOS ANGELES 3 ST. LOUIS 1 First Period 1. Los Angeles, Pel ers 1 fGorlng, Curlls) Penalties Berry Merrlck Second Period t. Los Angeles Wldlf.g I, 3. SI. Louis, Unge 6 (McCord) t. S.t Louis, Murphi 4 (McCord) Pennltles Plegei Third Period 5. Los Angeles Backstrom 10 (Goring, Bernler) Penally Komadoslk Shots on goal by Los Angeles .........7. 7 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 Finley's 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- pliis Tarns are staying put where they are, at least for now. Finley called a news confer- ence Tuesday night to announce that Seals' coach Gurry Young had resigned because of ill 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 Vida Blue. They Tenace and will all be Cougars suffer Ihcir iiinlh ctliack in 12 games, Ed lockslra and Jack Stanficld cored Ihcir firsl goats of Ihc cnson lo break up a 1-1 slalc- ii'le in (he third period. Rnsftirc Paicment put Chi- ago ahead 1-0 at of Ihc (here. 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 Ills pro teams where they are, Finley said: "Never has there been a world championship team do veloped for the Bay area. We 'lave now proven ourselves in ,he Bay area, and I'm optimis- ic enough lo believe (he Bay irea is going to get behind the "When or if a team leaves he Bay area, it won't be the As. In Memphis, Ihe Tarns arc he only professional I cam lliero. I don't like competition although if doesn't freightcn ine-anri I'm sure Memphis nil! World Hockey Association awaited the decision today o 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 antUrus laws from maintaining ex elusive 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 constitutec an illegal monopoly and kepi 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- COUNTERS WHA 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, J2.75 million contract. Higginbotham earlier refused to block the Black Hawk suit and returned the case to a Chi- cago court. The action has 'orced Hull to stay off the ice. McKenzie also hasn't been playing, but for a different rea- broken arm. Other ex-NHL stars who umped to the WHA included: 3erek Sanderson from the Bruins lo the Blazers, Gerry iheevers from the Bruins lo 1 e v e 1 a n d Crusaders, Ted Green from the Bruins to New Sngland Whalers and J. C. Tremblay from Montreal Cana- diens lo Quebec Nordiques. sports menu turn out Io be a happy fran- chise. "California isn't conducive, yet. lo hockey. II will lake lime Io develop. I'm sure it will he- to me, hockey is one of (he fastcsl. anrl mnsL fascinating of (he pro yporU Cily Recroalion Hockey League. LCC vs U of L 8 p.m and Purify Bol II ing vs Miners 9: -15 p.m. Bolh games a( Ihe Henderson Ice Cenlre. Soulhern Alberia Juvenile Hockey League. Lpthbrjdgp Warriors vs Lelh- bridge Elks at p.m. al the Civic Ice Ccnlrc. THURSDAY Cily Recreation Hockey Labor Club vs LCC fl p.m. League, at the c k ey I p.m. Henderson Ice Cenlre. SATURDAY Central Albcrla Junior League. Oycn vs Nalive Sor al the Henderson Ice Cenlre SUNDAY Central Albeita Junior H o c key League. Hanna vs Nalive Sons at 2 Henderson Ice centre Commercial Art e n 's Broomball Lrague. Knight Clubbers vs Honda 5.30- p.ir inbur I Ceramics vs Fior overs p.m., CorccMonal In- Dn vs Wollcrlich p m.; Lelh- bridqe Hotel vs Local 7iO p.m.; man's 'Jpholslcry vs Liberty Boil- p.m. All games staged al the c Ico Crnlrp. Oil Kings climb inlo first, phuw in. uwsl. Tigers suffer fourth straight setback llv Till'; CANADIAN I'HKS.S Edmonton Oil Kings climbed Tuesday night Io Ihc vantage point they liiul once boon most familiar wilh in Ihc Western Cnnndn Hockey Ijcnguc. The club, Icnpuc champions year, rose to first place in Iho western division from Ihlrd wilh a 0-1 victory over Medi- cine Mill Tififrs. They oceinicd tii-sl. for most, of last season. In Iho other games, Winnipeg .lets Vancouver Nals 5- 3 and Swift Current Broncos Lied HcRinn Pals "l-l. The Oil Kings' triumph rrp resented Medicine, tint's fourlh straight detent ns Ihe club fell from a tie for firs! place to join New Westminster one point be- hind Edmonlon, Wayne Perkins and John Ho- RCVS led Iho Kdmonlon nllack wild Iwo goals each while sin- gles wore, ncllod by Com- ric, Terry AlcUonald, KcilJi Mnckic, Rncky Maze and Randy Smith. Replying for Hie Immc-lown Tigers were lloyd Anderson, Kd .lohnslone, McDonald and Laurent Gucnollc. In Vancouver, Ihc Jets held Vancouver scoreless until close lo the end of Ilio second jwrlod. Winnipeg was playing its scv- enlh ro.'id game ill nine niglils. llnndy Knight, (lury Wagner, Dave Mann, Davo lilliolt and Brian Dick led the Jets. Gordon Slcwarl, Jim Alanianenko and MuiTny Nock replied for Van- couver Uookie Ncl.mintlev l.lo.vd Sarr, 1C, held the .lels scoreless in the final period, slopping II shots. It was his first game wilh Ihe Nals nnd he replaced regular- po.ilie Jack- Cummins In the third. Winnipeg oulshol Ihe Nals A goal by Have Williams ;il of the third period gave Swifl Current I lie tic in a road game. Williams' goal r-.ime less than a minulc afler Dennis Sobchuk gave Hegina n -1-3 lend with his second goal of the game. liick Austin, Brian Trollier and Brent Illot scored Ihe other Swiff Current goals. Rob Laird and Mike Wnnclink also [allied for Hcitinn, In tonight's aclion, Kdmonlon is at Swifl Current and Winni- peg at Victoria. W.dniidoy, Novimbtr I, 197? THE LETHMIDGE HEUlD PERFECT SIX-POINTER David Grant, of 1720 2nd Avenue North in the cily, brought down o perfect six-point elk recently on a one-man expedition. Grant tays he was in his favorite spot, the top end of Hidden Creek, when he dropped 1he elk. It Weighed out at 850 pounds. It look him a day and o holf to get the onimal cut from milei from the Oldmon River Road. It is believed to the first big elk of the season. (Bill Groenen photo) Young resigns MINNEAPOLIS (AP) harles 0. Finley announced hat his California Golden Seals f the National Hockey League .ccepted the resignation Tues- lay night of coach Garry Young. Finley, at a news conference, aid Fred Glover, a Seals' ex- cutive who previously was ired by Finley as coach, would ake Young's job on an interim