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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THt IETHBRIDGI HERALD Wedn.idoy, Novtmber 15, 1972 II11 Stun Fiischlers Inside Hockey JllOM'RliAL CANADIEN'S goalie Ken Dryden is rapidly losing his Boy Seoul image as Mister Great Guy. Insiders, wlio travelled to Russia with Dryden and Team Canada, report that the McGUl University law student, was very close'lo quilling Uie team, a la Vic Hadfield, and then iiltcred the deathless quote. "I'm a better goalie than Tony Esposito." Dryden, of course, was quickly inserted in the lineup, and never did quit the team. But now, two months later, Dryden's memory appears to have clouded. "I never said I was better than Tony." Ken insists. ''Goalies may think it. you know. We all have our egos, but I would never say a thing like that. Tony's a terrific goalie Since Dryden. himself, was on the verge of quitting Team Canada it's interesting lo hear him put down Hadfield. "I coiddn'l understand Hadfielri's move." says Dryden, "and neither could anyone else. I think he may not have made the right decision and he's the one who's going to have lo live uith it. There was a lot of disappointment in him on the learn after he lell." tu retrospect did Dryden think of Wayne Cashman's alley-stive behavior in Europe nnd J. P. Parise's attempt at beheading a referee'.1 "Parise's tiling was kind of says Dryden. ''He just let himself get earned away. But I can't blame him or Cashman. After all, that's their style of play. If the people in charge are going lo pick these guys for Team Canada, knowing the way they play, I can't blame the players for playing that To many observers Dryden currently Is the best goaltend- er in the NHL. He has yet to reach lus prime and should have about ten years of big-league hockey ahead of him. But Canadiens manager Sam Pollock knows that Dryden might quit at any given time next season perhaps. "I certainly plan to retire early in my hockey career to practise law." Dryden insists. "I have no intentions of play- ing goal until t reach my forties. I'll retire as soon as I'm no longer enjoying myself as a player." The Bobby Orr-less Bruins are getting the old zango from their former teammates who realize that this Boston club hasn't a remote chance of retaining The Stanley Cup in 1973. "There's a team 1 know Uiat can use a winks Teddy Green the former Bruins ace, now captain of the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers. Green's former teammate, goalie Gerry Checvers of the Cleveland Crusaders, sat in the stands, watching the Rangers wallop the Bruins one night. A night later Checvers helped Cleveland edge the WHA's New York Raiders. When it was over. Gerry correctly assessed the situation. "Our WHA game was a belter game than the Bruins- Ranger says Checvers. "We have a heller defensive system than Boston. We're disciplined and play our positions. There's no individuals on this team, just 18 guys working together. The league is well-balanced and it's exactly what 1 expected to see." If you don't believe Cheevers, try a more objective veiw. The man from The New York Times covered the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers one night at Madison Square Garden and then watched the Raiders and the New England Whalers the next night. "The WHA said The Times, "was more fun than the established NHL game." Even more fun for the WHA players, fans and executives Is the fact that Ihe new league has signed a five-year television package with the Columbia Broadcasting System lo handle a weekly WHA "Game of the Week" on the CBS-TV network. Face each, oilier in eusl. final shifting Saturday STEWART SOLD Veter- an liglit winger Ron Stewart was sold liy New York Rangers lo the N c w York Islanders. Stewart, 40, is in his 21 National Hockey League season. (CP Wirc- uhoto) Henley got Ottawa's Gerry Organ started 1 Wheat Kings! accurate By THE CANADIAN PIIESS Brandon Wheat Kings made the most of Iheir 15 shots Tues- day night lo mainlain partial' possession of first place in the Eastern Division of the Western I Canada Hockey League. The risiting Wheat Kings con- verted five of their 15 shots into goals and dumped Edmonton Oil Kings 54 to slay in a tie with Saskatoon Blades for firsl place, each with 22 points. In other games. Saskatoon ex- tended its unbeaten streak to seven games will! a 6-2 victory over Vancouver Nats. Medicine Hat Tigers downed New West- minster Bruins