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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta HE LLThftRIDGE HERALD 23 Stan Fischler The good and the bad Not long ago a couple of New Yorkers took typewriter in hand and wrote a book called "The Best." Needless to say, it became a best-seller. And for good reason. Among other things it names the best restaurant in the world, the best pocket calculator, the best cigar, best American wine and the best sports car under among other bests. There's only one thing wrong with the book written by Peter Paasell and Leonard Ross they don't say a word about hockey. So, as a public service for spectators from Montreal to Moscow, I hereby fill the void and present you with some of Hockey's Best and Worst! THE BEST GAME EVER PLAYED BY A TEAM: Skating without their ace, Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings defated the New York Rangers in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals in April 1950. Fortified by Ted Lindsay, Sid Abel, Red Kelly and Harry Lumley. the Wings withstood a Rangers' assault in the first overtime period once the Rangers' beat Lumley but hit the goal post and won the contest in the second sudden death on Pete Babando's shot which beat goalie Chuch Rayner. WORST GAME EVER PLAYED BY A TEAM: Despite a valiant effort by New York goalie Ken McAuley, the Rangers lost to the Red Wings, 15-0 at Olympia Stadium, on January 23, 1944. 'Muff said. THE BEST COACH OF ALL TIME: Clarence "Hap" Day. Toronto Maple Leafs. Day led his club to the only come from behind series where an NHL club trailed 0-3. It was April 1942 and the Red Wings needed only one more victory for The Cup. But Day rallied his team to four straight wins. He later was the first coach ever to orchestrate a club to three consecutive Stanley Cup championships 1947, 1948, 1949. WORST COACH OF ALL TIME: Emil Iverson, Chicago Black Hawks. He never coached before in his life, lasted one month and later became the club's trainer. BEST SWAN DIVER: Danny Lewicki, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers: Lewicki knew how and when to fly through the air with the greatest of checks, and without checks, thereby inspiring referees to call penalties against the opposi- tion while believing it was, in fact, a legitimate dive. They found out about Lewicki the year he retired. WORST SWAN DIVER: (Tie) Bobby Rousseau, New York Rangers and Bill Barber, Philadelphia Flyers. At first it appeared that Rousseau had diving down to an art as a Canadien. But he's been around too long and ever since he became a Ranger the referees have been on to him. They'll be on to Barber this year, too. BEST HOCKEY RINK IN THE NHL: Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. It has fine sightlines, superb atmosphere and an ex- cellent heritage. WORST NHL RINK: Madison Square Garden. The sightlines are awful: the escalators jam after the game (when they work) and the cheap seats are closer to heaven than to the ice. BEST RINK IN THE WHA: Le Colisee, Quebec City. Superb sightlines combined with unbeatable French Canadian ambiance put it far ahead of its competitors, even Maple Leaf Gardens. WORST WHA RINK: St. Paul Auditorium. Same complaint as Madison Square Garden except for escalators. St. Paul has none. BEST PRACTICE PLAYER OF ALL TIME: Jack Stod- dard. the only NHL skater to wear number 13. He played for the Rangers from 1951 to 1953 and scored 16 goals. But his stylish ef- forts were at their best during exhibition games and practice scrimmages. WORST PRACTICE PLAYER: Lome "Gump" Worsley. Gump hated scrimmages and showed it. But when the money was on the line, he usually came through with a first-rate effort. Ask Toe Balke. BEST REFEREE SINCE 1946: You hear a lot about Bill Chadwick and Frank Udvari but the guy who topped them all was Jack Mehlenbacher of Kitchener because he knew the game and wouldn't take any guff from either players, coaches, managers and most important, the owners. Hence, his early ex- it. WORST REFEREE SINCE 1946: George Hayes. He was the guy who let the classic March 17. 1947 game between the Rangers and Canadiens develop into a riot. But Hayes eventual- ly became a linesman and ultimately was the best ever in the NHL. BEST NON-GRIPER OF THE MODERN PLAYERS: Rangers captain Brad Park who talks to reporters when all is black or white. DOES YOUR FURNACE LOOK LIKE THIS? REPLACE IT WITH A NEW FURNACE From ALCON REFRIGERATION HEATING Carrier A' !hr jame IITIG why nol install an Conditioning Syslem complete wilh Power Humidi'iet and Eleclon- >c AIT Cloaner. For further information and a Iree estimate call ALCON REFRIGERATION HEATING Furnaces. Sheet Metal and Heating, Air Conditioning 2214-43rdSt. S. Phone 327-5816 ANDY CAPIJ SHOULD I'VE GOT StfAJO AN1 KfDNEVy V Flett bailed out rookie goaltender By The CANADIAN PRESS Rookie goalie Pierre Hamel made his first National Hockey League start in the Toronto Maple Leafs nets a winning one Friday night but he needed help from winger Bill Flett. Hamel, called up from Okla- homa of the Centreal League on Thursday after Leaf coach Red Kelly gave up on regulars Dune Wilson and Doug Fa veil, had a shaky start. The Leafs outshot California Golden Seals 12-10 in the first period and Hamel allowed the Seals to take a 3-1 lead. But Flett's three goals lead a Leafs rally and Toronto emerged with a 5-3 victory. Elsewhere in the NHL, Kan- sas City Scouts won their third game of the season by a 4-2 count over New York Islanders while 2-2 ties were the results when Philadelphia Flyers visited Atlanta Flames and Los Angeles Kings met the Canucks at Vancouver. California jumped in front TORONTO S, CALIFORNIA 3 First Period California. Johnston 5