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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta y, September 17, 1972 LrTHMIDOT HWAIB Court room battles appear as players continue to jump to rival league When the WHA signed Hull the war with the NHL was on YORK (AP) A summer of frantic waving clwque books is over and the new kid on hockey's big league block apparently has moved in to stay, at least for a while. The World Hockey Associ- ation was greeted with indif- ference when it first an- nounced its formation about one year ago. The standard reaction of the established National Hockey League was to ignore the new league. When some players an- nounced their intention to switch leagues, the NHL shrugged again. "The decision to pursue players is up to the individual said Clarence Camp- bell, president of the NHL. "But I'm not sure that the players they've announced are good enough to pursue." And Campbell probably was right until June, when the WHA dropped its Bobby Hull bombshell, luring the long-time superstar from Chi- cago Black Hawks of the NHL to Winnipeg Jets with a contract. Hull's signing started the war in earnest. J. C. Tremblay, Gerry Cheevers, Derek Sanderson and Johnny McKenzie were other NHL stars who jumped, and so did the NHL-right into court actions. BOTH SIDES SUE There currently are 11 suits pending in various courts around the United States, some Inaugurated by the NHL, others by the WHA. The key to most of the suits Is the controversial reserve clause, a routine part of ev- ery NHL contract. The clause, the NHL claims, binds a player to his team for an option year beyond the current term of the contract. "That clause isn't worth the paper it's written says Dick Wood, president of tire WHA's New York Raid- ers. "I'm confident the courts rule against it." Wood and Bill Torrey, gen- eral manager of New York Islanders, an NHL expansion franchise, expect to find out just how valid it is in a head- to-head legal battle. The Islanders paid mil- lion to the NHL for (heir franchise and million more to New York Rangers as in- demnification for territorial rights. That bought a fran- chise and 21 players at the NHL's June expansion draft. Eight of the 21 have signed with the rival league. WANTS PETERS BACK One of the Islanders' jump- ers was Garry Peters, who signed with Wood's WHA Raiders. Torrey Is suing to get Peters back. "We have secured a court order restraining Peters from all activities with the WHA until his case is said Torrey. "We intend to go to court for player the WHA has lured away from us. And I think we'll win." The WHA obviously doesn't think so. The new league was careful to have all ex-NHL players report on Oct. 1, the date their old contracts run out. may lose some battles along the said a WHA spokesman, "But I think we've already won the war. "Our players have all signed long-term contracts. It's just a question of time as to when we can use them." Court rulings might deprive the WHA of its big-name jumpers this season. When Rick Barry moved from the National Basketball Associ- ation to the American Basket- ball Association a few years ago, he was forced to sit out an option season. More recent basketball jumpers, however, have moved from one league to the other with almost no interruption in playing time. Some 60 players who per- formed in the NHL last year have signed WHA contracts lor 1972. "That's about 25 more than we a WHA execu- tive said. "We thought there would be more loyalty among the NHL players." One NHL club didn't de- pend on loyalty. The Rangers signed players like Walt Tkaczuk, Brad Park, Vic Hadfield and Rod Gilbert to long-term contracts worth up- wards of per man a season. Ironically, some of the money the Rangers will use to pay those fancy salaries will come from rent paid by the WHA Haiders, who will play 39 home games at Madi- son Square Garden. There are rumors that the Raider rental agreement with the SULLY SAYS "1 a B Garden included an under- standing that the WIIA club would keep its hands of! Ranger players. New Yoijc lost only dofen- ceinan Jim Dorey, acquired last February from Toronto Maple Leals and injured in his first game with tho Rangers. Dorey played less than half a game -in the four months he was with the Rangers and jumped to New England Whalers of the WIIA over the summer. Other teams weren't as for- tunate. Vancouver Canucks NHL training camp roster listed 13 players who had signed WHA contracts. Seven regulars from California Golden Seals jumped to the new league. Detroit Red Wings lost Al Smith and Joe their goalkee- pers. Sanderson and MjcKenzie jumped from the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins to Pluladelphia Blazers. Chce- vers went to Cleveland Crusa- ders and popular Ted Green left Boston for New England. The defection of Green and McKenzie didn't jolt the Bruins as much as the loss of Cheevers and Sanderson. Bos- ton went to coyrt to battle for their goalie and centre. We would hardly be tak- ing a look at some of the rookies In actual exhibitions il this hadn't con- ceded Tom Johnson, coach the Bruins. Toronto's goaltending situ- ation also is a problem. Ber- nie Parent jumped to the Blazers, leaving 43-year-old Jacques PI ante as the Maple Leafs' only experienced net- minder. Obviously, Plants can't handle the goallendlng load alone. Asked how badly the Leafs had been hit by the WHA, general manager Jun Gregory said: "Real bad. They signed Rick Ley, Larry Pleaii, Jim Harrison, Guy Trotlier and Parent, as of now, off our big team. That's a lot of players in one season. But we have lost them and regrouped. Eight-game series to end Thursday 1 -By Pat Sullivan 1 H 'J'HURSDAY'S Canada Russia hockey game will, without any argument, be the most exciting hockey game ever played. To coin an old phrase, the stage is set. An interna- tional showdown. Not between the professionals oE Team Canada and the amateurs of Russia, but between two brilliant hockey machines. Never has any one game, or series for that matter, been given the pub- licity this Canada-Russia series has. Who, but a Hollywood script writer, could have invented an ending to eight games of the finest hockey ever seen? I doubt if even a Hollywood dreammaker could come up with an ending to match Thursday's confrontation. Who would have dreamed back in early September that the eight games would boil down to a 60-minute, sudden-death encounter. The series, currently deadlocked at Uiree wins apiece and one game tied, began with thoughts that the Russians would wilt under the pressure of the powerful Canadians. They slood little chance in the eyes many. Then the series look a drastic turn. Canada found themselves underdogs after leaving Canada for Mos- cow trailing 2-1 with one tie. The cry went out "Canada will he lucky to win one game in Moscow. We are finally finding out what bums there are in the National Hockey League. They aren't so good. Look at what the amateurs did to them in their own back yard." I have never felt prouder than I do today. The feeling began Sunday when, after Team Canada let a 4-1 lead slip away last Friday and they lost 54. They trailed 3-1 in the series and a letdown was in- evitable. I could have cried tears Of joy Sunday. 1 watched players I had admired since I could remember their names pick themselves up off the floor and battle to stay alive in the series. Then Tuesday, I think for the first time, I began to realize what Phil Esposito said when he told the crowd after the game Russia won 5-3 in Vancouver. "We are proud of our country and proud of our ability to play the game of hockey." Never was their pride more evident than Tuesday. When Paul Henderson scored his dramatic goal with just over two minutes left in the game I could vision every Canadian who was watching jump and holler in sheer delight. Can you imagine how deliriously happy Cana- dians were to be right there in the Moscow Sports Palace? Eyewitnesses to one of the greatest Canadian hockey thrills in history. The series has reached a feverish peak and it will all end Thursday. The game with the world champion Czechs will be anti-climatic. It won't carry the same meaning whether we win or lose. I'm not going out on a limb and predict a Cana- dian victory. They have come all the way back from a 3-1 deficit. Maybe, just maybe, we have just now begun to fight.___________________' Henderson's goal sets showdown stage Bowling scores CAPRI BOWL YOUNG ADULTS Bob Tlnordl 2M; Ken Kuril 2W Les Erlckson 557 Elio Glrardl 553; Darrell Lagler 29V (746J; Lori Palmarcr-.uk 35J; Terry 24S; Linda MalcomJOn 334 Lynda Kunsman 231; Nadins Kovacs 224. DOUG'S Irene 297 Ann Duval 550; Ann Pushor Pat Merlin 239; Elalne Tompklns 7JJ; Rwby 2Wf Agnes Dahl 279; Marg Oyck 257; Bunny Anderson 228f Dorothy Ander- son 235, FRI. YBC JUNIORS Robert Anderson 213; Kim Prlndle 241; Tom MWos 207; Mlchsfe Mac- lean 164; Rick Maclean 199; Lynn Pearson Dale Boychuk 213) Tim Parsons 203; Billy Doyle 210. BANTAMS Mallnda Hamilton 162; Debbie Wit- Guaranteed RECREATIONAL VEHICLE WINTERIZING With our new portable ant] freeze Injector system. Maximum protection with minimum amount of anti- freeze. As lillle as one gallon of ant! freeze required even on hot water equipped trailers. For free estimate contact i CHINOOK OUTDOOR SALES 5th Ave. and Sth Sf S. Phone 32S-4916 lickl 15 arva 1 inordl Sn if Judy Maclean Charlene 18; Michael Gerla Hi: Don 200; Stephen Kenwood 240; iim 174; Merylin 205; Irad ktrschenman 201. HAICO Marlvn Hadford 2J1; George Snow- en 285 Jim Wilsm 227; Linda 253. A.G.T. Frank Tullle Maureen Vayke- ich 239; Agnes Pocia 2J8; Marion Tolley ?60 Helen Richardson !8 Mavis Tulfle 235; Adella 'iiiingrilli 2S5 Carols Homulos 54; Chris Ell 245; Ken Rollag Del Homulos 237. CIVIL SERVICE Lew Mills 273 John Erickson ?13: Al Taylor 295; Abe Enns 343 Bob Spitier 28J; Tuk 261; Jill Craik 262 Lena Moore 269; Kaye Bathgale 247 Barb Epp 23L Y.B.C. BANTAM BOYS "A" DIVISION uiseil Derksen 214; Gooff Krokosh 2M; Kevin Grahl Rocky Terry Marty Shigchlro 195; Tod 170, "B" DIVISION Tommy Doyle 131; Raymond Brown 131; Darren Swaren H7; Geof Pasku- 170; Weyne Pallet 131; MlchaoJ Hoyt 130. BANTAM GIRLS Lori Chakl 170; Pam Stiigehlro 169; Pally Reid Lorraine Kwan 155; Judy Johnson Til; Kalhy Joevcnazzo 151; Wendy Prokop Sandra Ham. ilton 170; Lor] ShosFaK 144. Y.B.C. JRS. AND SR5. Srtan Rosselli 354 Kim Kovacs (JW Les Erkksoo 260 Baden Pilling 2-18 Harvie Pocra 254 Ron Grelilnger 253 {4621; Debbie Bergman 303; Kalic Pedrinl 507; Linda Malcomson 2Ji Cherye Obermeyer 2H> Nadlne Kovacs 200. CPR LEAGUE Rulh Cunningham ?55; Gewgina Parry 319; Alma Oberg 151; Jean Malr.hell 218; V. Anderson 767, Ernie Komm Gcorgi MatchcU !E9 Jorin Morris nt (7Wi Jsnica Johnson 215; Bob Sinclair 211. By BRUCE LEVETT Canadian Vrcss Sports Editor MOSCOW CCP) Paul Hen- derson, bouncing off a Russian defcnceman in the dying mo- ments of the game, has turned he Canada-Russia hockey series into a sudden-death af- air. His goal, which came with dramatic suddenness, gave Team Canada a 4-3 victory Tuesday night to tie the series at tliree games each with one tied. The final will be played Thursday night. Coach Harry Sinden said later: "It forced an eighth game, which might just well be the most exciting game of hockey ever played." And coach Vsevolod Bobrov rapped one of Ms own players: "Our defence played well, but (Gemiady) Tsygankov cost us the winning goal." Phil Esposito scored two for Canada with Hod Gilbert and Henderson getting the others. Alexander Yakushev scored two for Russia, Vladimir Pet- rov getting the other. The teams were tied 2-2 a the end of the first period and there was no scoring in a some- what slow second period. OPENS SCOIUNG Esposito opened the scorlnj when Ron Ellis and Brad Par! dug the puck out of the corne to the left of goalie Vladislav Tretcak and fed the big Boslo Bruins centre right In front o the goal. Park was Hie goat on th first Russian goal. Vladimir Shadrin fed a lead pass to Yakushev at the blue line and Park fell while turning, allow- ing the Russian to go right in on Tony Esposito and put the puck between his pads. Defenceman Bid White was off on a penalty signalled as hooking but announced as inter- ference, when Vladimir Vikulov had the puck deflected onto his stick off Park's skate and fed Petrov who went in alone on Esposito, drew Mm and flipped the puck Mgh into tlie open cor- ner. Just over a minute later and wilh less than three minutes to play in the period, Jean-Paul Parise and Serge Savard set up Esposito's second goal to tie the score. Savard, playing wilh a cracked' bone in one ankle, dug the puck out of the corner and led Parise at the blueline. Pa- rise passed weakly ahead t o Esposito standing between him and Tretiak directly in front of the Esposito fired through a maze ot legs. With little more than a min- ute to go, Tony Esposito was felled by a hard shot that caught him under the chin. He went to the bench for minor re- pairs and returned. THREE TO FOUR During the scoreless second period, seven penalties were called and at one time Team Canada was playing three men to Russia's four. The third period was little more than two minutes old when Dennis Hull and Jean Ra- telle svorked the puck out of the corner, sending it sliding be- hind the net to Gilbert. Gilbert swung the puck in front ot Tre- fiak as the Russians were caught In the corner, and lucked a backhand behind the goalie. About 90 seconds later, Gary Bergman was called for holding on Yakushev and, with 11 sec- onds left in his penalty, Yaku- shev scored the Russians' sec- ond power-play goal of the night. The third period was fast bill, CANADA I, RUSSIA 1 FIRST PERIOD 1. Canada, P. Esrxwifo (Ellis, Park) 2. Russia, Yakushev (Shadrin) 3. Russia, Pelrov fVikulov) 4. Canada, P. Eiposilo (Parise, Sa- vard) Penalties Mikhallov P. Ma- hovlich and Mvsbakov Mishakov P. Esposito While SECOND PERIOD No scoring Penalties Gilbert Partse Anlsin p. Esposlto and Kur- kin Parise and Kuzkin vhen asked by a Russian news- paper man why it was so reugh, Sinden replied: "It wasn't rough by our Referees Uve Dalberg o! Sweden and Rudy Batja of Czechoslovakia had their hands full preventing fight, however, Mikhailov, who a full-scale when Boris had tangled with two other Canadians pre- viously, kicked Bergman be- hind the Canadian net and the teams paired off with gloves off. Mihailov and Bergman drew roughing majors. The Henderson goal came oft Bruins score late tvin Canadiens drub Leafs By THE CANADIAN PRESS Montreal Canadiens certainly didn't ice any resemblance to le team they'll start the regu- ar National Hockey League :bedule with Tuesday night at lalifax. But in back of all their minds vas the 5-0 drubbing they took n Toronto last Wednesday and vith the Maple Leafs again as opposition they were ready to make retribution. Many in the Canadiens' ineup were members of last year's Halifax-based Nova Scotia Voyageurs, Calder Cup winners of the American 3ockey League. When it was over, Montreal rolled up the biggest score so far in pro-season exhibitions en route to a 10-1 victory over the iafs. They got two-goal per- ormances from veteran Henri Richard, who didn't play in To- ronto, and Guy Lafleur. Elsewhere, Mike Walton scored at of the third pe- riod to break a S-3 tie and lead Boston Bruins to a 5-3 win over Chicago Black Hawks at Lon- don, Ont, Pittsburgh Penguins blanked Atlanta Flames 1-0 at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Cal- ifornia Golden Seals tied Buf- falo Sabres 3-3 at Oshaw, Ont. DECEPTIVE KDGE The Leafs outsbot Montrea 30-32 on the game but showed little defensively as the Cana- diens' attackers poured In un- molested on goalies Ron Low and Gord MacRae. Murray Wilson, Rejean Houle, Chuck Lefley, Jim Rob- erts, John Van Boxmeer ant 3huck Arnason scored the other Montreal goals, Garry Mona lan supplying the lone Toronto goal midway in the second pe- riod. a scrambly play and the Rus- sians became disorganized. Vith left in the game, Ellis "elled Treliak with a shot that appeared to hit the Rusian goalie in the face. Tretiak shook off the injury and contin- ued in the net. Sinden said the refereeing ot Dalbtrg and Batja was better than had been experienced in Sunday's game, won 3-2 by Canada. "But we're still having diffi- culties understanding the Inter- pretations of the rules in inter- national he said. Bobrov agrees that "the ref- erees did make certain errors during the games." "It was a hard game to offi- he said. GLENDALE RECREATION is NOW OPEN FOR OPEN BOWLING PHONE 328-2855 uo SINGERS EARLY FALL A SPECIAL RACK OP MEN'S SUITS iglisti Worttedl. 29" fin. 100% all wool English Worttedl. Sizes 37 lo 42 tall. 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