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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta g _ THE intlBRlDC-E HERALD Thurjdoy, Scplcmbm 7. "71 Hoiw cads playing days after 25 seasons Mr. Hockey makes way for youth DETROIT I AT'i Occa- sionally durms his 25 star- sluddeil years with Detroit Red Wings, Gordie Howe would fan mail ad- dressed simply: "Mr. Hockey, U.S.A." Now holding more National Hockey Leagi'e records than any olher jilaycr in history, Mr. Hockey is slopping aside lo let sonic of the younger tal- ent have a chance LI! making it. lied Wings owner Bruce Norris had invited reporters to a news conference tins aft- e r n o o n but, saying lie "couldn't hack it once they sent out the Howe started telling reporters his retirement was official aluml IB liours early. The six-time NHL most ial- uablc player had been arguing. the pros and cons of hanging up his skates for months. He catalogued the arguments again in a phone interview Wednesday night. "Age for he said. "I'm 43 and it's a young man's game some wrist trouble, and my legs aren't what they used to be. "One thing I've stuck to pretty much throughout my it becomes more work than fun, I've had it. I've found practice ex- tremely difficult nnd I just don't get up for a game any- more. "When you see your own son embark on his own car- eer, you know you're getting he added, referring to his 17-year-old boy Marty who GOAL NO. 600 Detroit Red Wings' Gordie Howe (9) went on lo score 786 regular season markers, mode his is shown Nov. 28., 1965 scoring his 600th goal during a retirement official today afler 25 yeors wilh the Wings, game against Montreal Canadiens in Monlreal. Howe, who decision a farce Import rule allows Carlos in MONTREAL (CP) Can tight end Vetcr as a non-import be- United Stales Olympic out since Lraining oC a provision laid out star be classified as a non of a knee section 8 of league bylaws. port in the Canadian placed flanker Garry ruled that "the on the disabled list. was required to use Yes, if he has the right a Canadian, has a not nationality, as tarized in his criterion for defining or So, John Carlos, the became a the non-Canadian sprinter irho won a CFL commissioner Bed O'Quinn, gen- medal for that country in approved Llie manager of the Als sajd. 200-metre sprints at the z e d documents 8, paragraph 10 says Summer Olympics in claim that a player who has re- City, will be suited up as "Canadian" for Montreal Al-ouettes when they play Ottawa Rough Riders in an Eastern Football game here Saturday night. Carlos, 26, signed a Race result al Victoria Park SI, 600 claiming, J-year-olds and UD. with the Als' Wednesday as non-import wide clniming, 3-year-olds, 7 Bout (Rasmussen) 3. 30 370 2.70, Ena's Daughter (McCauleyJ 7.10 alter weeks of dickering Bomber (Rycrofl) S 00 Fores! Heights (Jackowiak) 3.10. his non-import Royel Rouser (Hedge) 2.60, Terry's Speed (McCauleyl t.Iflle Gypsy- RacerlMn, 3en Bar also While he refused to terms or length of his Bold, SymboaG, Miss D'Or, HI arlous Hanna, Bella County Scralch: Jim Kceli tract, it was learned that los had signed a si, claiming, 4-year-olds and 'miles Goldcresr Chamo (Hedge) 9.20 a.7D 50 Crystal Chimes (Sladnyk) 3 20 To make room for Carlos on the roster, coach Sam Dreamer (Norris) 1.90 3.00 2. BO, Fnagls IQarrobyl 7.50 810, Hoi McCauleyJ Potkel Boss (Blllingsley) 4.0o! Time: 1-5 erry put Canadian Brian Hope, parkland Prince also ran. Skip, Sickle's Queen, sey on Park, Dark Reason, Polar Scratch: Elisila. The Als also reactivated ran. DAILY DOUBLE: claiming, 2-year-olds, 3 furlongs Selten Point (Whitlle) -J.2Q 7.50 2.iO, K ond ike Charm (BlllingEley) 2.80 Quill (Walson) 3-5 Mary's Fancy, Simba Sue, My Vogue, Spoiled Turk, Jose Amioo also Sunday CO. claiming, 3- year olds, t Lelhbridfic Motorcycle club will hold ils fall cham- O'Leary (WcCauley) 5.BO 3.0C I.5Q. Johnny Red (Kipling) 2.90 I JO. Burgundy Lass (Perry) hill climb this coming weekend. event will be staged Sun- _ Crealor, Lustrous Slar, Heir with riders fron'i Alberta Scralcn: Hoppina Columbia and northern claiming, -1-year elds and competing for the MJt Speed (Norris) a. 00 4 10, will also be a special JH c.c. class for trail bikes r noonhcq, Palou, with the regular W" Street, Now Man also interested in entering the T affair must register be- 500 claiming, 4-yoar-oldi and UD. Hi p.m. t. Onft Sim 6M will commence at 1 IK. Diddle -1.50 Dr. Ni'e (BilMnqslcy) in the hills north of Lelli- 1 Signs will be posted on Imnqfl, Brlii U n c 1 Smoothie, Prince D'Rcaburn Street North giving lire if needed. MINOR JIM Mr. Lorry Pliilllps, monogcr of Unilnd Motori OF dillon of Mr. Jim Campbell to thoir Jim rrcfinlly came from Maniloba wlicrn ho SEPTEMBER 21st oil dijlribuior. Ho is a ICE ried man wilh 3 tliildren o nr H-.r llio'.c inlrro'.lnd orn oskod In nttnnd liir, rlcciion of rx ecu live, ceivcd trailing in football out- side of Canada by having par- ticipated as a player in a foot- ball game outside of Canada prior lo Ins 17th birthday is an import. Also, any player who has received training ui football outside of Canada after lu's 17tli birthday, but lins not re- ceived football training in Canada prior to his 17Lh birth- day is also ruled an import. USES KULES O'Quinn said that by signing Carlos, the Als were not trying to circumvent CFL rules but only taking advan- tage of them as fliey exist today. But it is unlikely that Carlos will get a starting assignment in .Saturday's game. "He won't be a starter on all of our formations tliis said Etchcvcrry. "I imagine he'll be spotted here and there. Sometimes in Terry Evanshen's spot and sometimes in place of Brad Upshaw. For sometime now, I've been thinking about giv- ing Terry a shot at the slot- back position. "Carlos makes it possible for us to make several moves Carlos' only previous loot- ball experience came at the Philadelphia Eagles' National Fnctbr.U League tryout camp this year. He came here almost a month after he was dropped by the Eagles. Carlos was not allowed to work out with the Als while awaiting clarifica- tion of his status. But, he did stick around and worked with lilcheverry on the side. LEURW LAMENTS In Calgary, Stampede-re' general manager Rogers Lehew said Gaudaur is mak- ing a farce of the rule, "This rule was designed lo protect the rights of the Cana- dian player. But in Carlos we. have a man who signed a pro- fessional football contract. who took bonus money lo sign that contract and it is my un- derstanding he attended two Philadelphia training camps. "About four years aco wero disqualified, a kicker in Montreal and a kicker in Vancouver. One wa.s Knglish, hut both were dis- qualified ar. non-imports he- cause they had been in NFI. training camps." (laudaur that no league judgment was in- volved in declaring Carlos a non impnrl. Having presenled Mm dooumentalion, Car- los was eligible under league, lulcs, lha commissioner said. signed this year with Toronto Marlborosof the Ontario Hockey Association Junior A series. "And it was my mother's wish before she died that I get it (retirement) out of the way before I got seriously hurt." Howe said the only point ngainst his retirement was go for 800 goals. "But I don't think that's as important as being honest with the fans." One of the NHL records he holds outright (he also has three ties) is his lifetime 786 scores. Already a vice-president ot a Morris-owned insurance company and owner-operator of a suburban ice rink, Howe confirrr.ed he would be stay- ing with the Red Wings front office but added he would "let the big fellow do some talk- ing" on that score. With the permission of (lie team management, Howe said he would like to help out with training-coaching duties and "learn all phases of the busi- ness." Obviously relieved by the disclosure of his tortuous dcci sion, Howe was buoyant as he "Colleen (his wife) said I'm just going to stay home and make love to her." After 25 years of continual travel with the NHL club, Howe is known to want a slower job to give him time lo spend with his wife and his sons Marly, Mark, 1G. and Murray, II, and his 12-year- old daughter, Cathleen. His league lenure is a record, and in recent years even' time he scored, assisted or did practically anything else on the ice, he extended a record he already held. Howe won the Hart Memo- rial Trophy as the most valua- ble player and the Art Ross Trophy as the top scorer in the NHL six times each. He was chosen for the league's all-star team in all but four of his seasons. He was among the league's top five scorers for 20 consecutive seasons from 19-W-19G9. Born in Floral, Sask., Howe got his first skates when he was five, and a year later he was playing "sandlof" hockey. Oddly, he couldn't skate well at first so he started as a goalie. Wlten he was 15. the six- foot, 205-pounder was invited to try out wilh New York Hangers. But after a 10-day stay at the NHL team's tryout camp he was lold: "You'd better go back home. Sonny, you'll never be a major leaguer." In 1945-46 he spent his only year in the minor leagues at Omalia of the then United Stales Hockey League. After that it was Detroit and star- dom. In 1950, Howe and Toronto's Teeder Kennedy smashed into tlie boards at Detroit's Olym- pia Stadium in a late March playoff game. Howe suffered a gash on his right eyeball, a fractured nose, facial lacera- tions and a severe brain con- cussion. The hockey world held its collective breath, first for his life, then his sight. He was taken off the ice unconscious. An early-morning Hi-hour op- eration was performed lo re- lieve pressure at the base of the skull. Some fans wondered if the near-fatal injury would alter the style of the husky, slope- shouldered forward. He came into the 1951-52 season wearing a helmet, but the injury, if anything, ap- peared to have improved his game. That proved to be his first 40-goaI season and it won him his first scoring cham- pionship. Then there was last season, comiiig behind a string of sev- eral others in which Howe had suffered from an ar- thritic left wrist and right el- Early in the season as he fell, n skateboot caught him in the ribs and tore loose, cartilage. He missed 15 games. After that, he confided: "f felt like I was cheating. It seemed like I was making ex- cuses al' Ihe time for the way 1 was playing. "I wasn't kidding myself." he continued, "f only got 2.1 goals because of one hot streak. 1 didn'l play very well. "f could still execulc the big play, but I couldn't do it as often." Mild mannered, almost shy. llowo was a deceptive fixture on Iho ice, one of Ihp rough- est, louchesl players nf all time in the MIL. lie partici- pated in some of the game's more memorable fighls. a new player who had slammed him and gollon away with it for tho lime being, found himself hanging on Ihe boards from a Im-o- molive-like collision aflfr the play and officials had moved on the rink. ANDY CAPP V TOMMY -'E'S BEYONCA A 1 1 ___ n _2[ K SACRIFICE EVERYTHIN' TO 'AVE VfR -30H BECOME A DKTOR, AH1 WHAT APPEND 'E TELLS flTR T' GIVE up THE BOOZ.E AN' siRp? 4? ____ Vikings, 'Stars Minnesota sola Nortl get some! prc freeze. Tlie C cil, throuE Hockey L North Sta not increa players fo they signc until the fr -The C cil. Ihroug ball kings that the f IPOLIS (A P) -Vikings and Minne-Stars would like lo ling perfcclly clear sident's wage-price osl of Living Coun-h the National eague, notified the rs that they could se the salaries of Ihe 1971-72, even if d before Aug. J5, eeze is lifted. 3st of Living Coun-N the Nalional nolified the Vi-Ihey could increase s of players for 1971 contracts were re Aug. 15th. e just Vi-leral-manager Jim 1 in an mterview "that the wage-ze permit'! players lensated under nc 1971 salary if they signed prior to Aug. 15." North Stars general-manager Wren Blair, notified of that development, immediately telephoned Finks and then Clarence Campbell, NHL president, for clarification of the league's Sept. 3 bulletin freezing salaries. "Mr. Campbell reiterated his message of Sept. Blair said. lllt seems to be a governmental issue above ivs all. We lave no recourse but to follow the instructions given clear "Almost everybody was signed or everybody had made a commitment about signing before Aug. said Blair. "There is a possibility fool-ball players may be ruled differently than hockey players because they were alread op -ei-alivo. There could be a difference between basketball and football players. Blair said Ihc NHL office and the NHL Havers' Association were Irving to obtain [wilier clarif ica 1 ion of Llie wage freeze. signed bef( "We wer kings' gei Finks sai Wednesday price free to be TIRE jW SPORT SCORES Grou cxpaJ franc BOSTON blacks, incl nent in entc ning to as franchise ii ball League can said The pape planning to Memphis, Memphis K late Dr. Ma The back Davis Jr. a the enterta black-own ec Parks Sau Ebony maf Cosmetics c If the fr Lhe propose be the firsl sports tea Stales. The NTL enccs of 1 plans for 1C ference dur The Rec the group black team, ownership posilions si lield by bla The pape Brown, for ning back inlo Ihe p Panic r e c Mackey, vt Baltimore, for Lop seeks usion LEAGUE Eail W Pillsburqh 87 SI. Louii BO Chcago .73 New York 72 Montreal 41 Philadelphia Pet. GBL 57 .604 63 .559 .514 13 69 .511 79 .434 34 M M 3 27 LEAGUE East W L Pel. GBL R5 51 628 Delroil 79 67 .560 1 7.1 6? .517 15 New YcwK 71 77 18 Washington