Alberni Valley Times from Alberni, British Columbia, Canada on December 21, 1984 · 8
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H Friday. December 2H 1984. AI.BF.RNI VALLEY TIMES, Port Alberni. B.C. ( sports pages r Vcdrl vesterback, editor .. J SHELLED 9-1 BY FLAMES Old CALGARY (CP) Kent Nilsson, the player Calgary fans call the Magic Man. returned to centre stage Thursday and rifled four goals during the Flames 9-1 National Hockey League embarrassment of Vancouver Canucks. "My style of play is that Im more effective at centre, said Nilsson. "I feel more comfortable there ... I can do more things. For much of the season Calgary coach Bob Johnson has played Nilsson on left wing. Since being shifted to centre and donning a protective face mask, Nilsson has been on a tear. He has scored nine goals in four games, increasing his season total to 20. Add in his 31 assists and Nilsson has 51 points, sixth-best in the NHL scoring race. Any good magician needs an assistant, and Nilsson credits his magic touch to right winger Lanny McDonald. Hes one of the hardest-working, toughest wingers in the league," Nilsson said of McDonald, who has five goals in only 10 games this year. We had played together a few years ago, but we didnt click then like we are doing now. pnhl scene Bv The Canadian Press MIC wu.ksconffhkm k Adams Do ision CAMPBKU.COM-hKKV K Norris l)i ision St I .ouis 14 II 5 116 111 33 Chicago 15 14 3 134 120 33 Detroit II 17 4 HR 146 26 Minn 9 17 6 109 132 24 Toronto 5 22 S 99 152 15 Srrnlhe Division Edmonton 22 6 3 159 9R 47 Winnipeg IR II 3 140 129 39 C'algarv 17 12 3 164 125 37 1. Angeles 15 1 2 5 1 46 1 27 3 5 Vancouver 7 23 3 99 185 17 Thursday Hesulls Washington 2 Montreal 2 Detroit 5 Quebec 4 Philadelphia 8 New Jersey 4 Calgarv 9 Vancouver 1 POWER PRODUCTS Christmas Special INSTOCK: j BF2 Horsepower Honda I I AJACS EQUIPMENT (1982) Inc. 8 R 160 Cliff St., Nanaimo ft U Ph. 754-1931 2 j Full Line of Generators j (gfarisfriias SpociaD ember ODiseounfl PerLitre save 2 (Cash Sa,es 0ny) At Our GAS BAR(6a dimI) MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 ONLY (8 AM - 4 PM) t , "Merry Christmas" CO-OP petroleum centre Beaver Creek Road Phone 723-2831 Canucks reappear J Tonights Carnes NY Islanders at Hartlord Philadelphia at Pittsburgh Toronto at Chicago Vancouver at Edmonton Saturday (tames Boston at Toronto Hartlord at Montreal Buffalo at Quebec Pittsburgh at NY Islanders NY Rangers at New Jersey St Louis at Washington Minnesota at Detroit Los Angeles at Winnipeg Calgary at Edmonton Sunday (tames Minnesota at Boston St Louis at Butlalo Montreal at NY Rangers Quebec at Chicago Washington at Philadelphia I.os Angeles at Winnipeg Calgary at Vancouver National Hockey League scoring leaders after Thursday games RETAIL SALE PRICE Canuck coach and general manager Harry Neale saw one flaw in Nilssons act. The way we played Popeye could have got four against us. Neale was particularly upset over the disappearing act done by the Canuck defence. "Im very disappointed because that was the one thing wed improved dramatically over the last few games. Tonight, without the puck, we were totally out to lunch . . . Defensively, there wasnt a bodycheck thrown by us. Right winger Tony Tanti, who rejoined the Vancouver lineup after missing four games with a nose injury, took partial blame for the loss. "I was at fault on a few goals, he said. "Mostly it was a case of not communicating . . . although, at times, we were lazy too. Tanti said Calgary goaltender Rejean Lemelin was the real thief who stole the game from Vancouver. Really, the score wasnt indicative of the game, he said. "It was closer than that. They made their opportunities count but he really robbed us. Collegiate title crown coach's first season By The Canadian Press John Musselman realized a dream in 1984, guiding the unheralded Guelph Gryphons to the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union football title is his first year as head coach. The Windsor, Ont., native, who had spent the previous six years as head coach at St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish, N.S., and the Gryphons capped a hectic year of Canadian university sports activity with a 22-13 come-from-behind triumph Nov. 24 over Mount Allison Mounties in the Vanier Cup. The Gryphons finished the regular season at 4-3, including a loss to the Hedberg's career in peril NEW YORK (AP) - The National Hockey League career of veteran right winger Anders Hedberg could be in jeopardy following an incident in which the New York Rangers player was struck in the left eye with a stick. Dr. Norman Scott, the Rangers team physician, said Thursday Hedberg suffered damage to the retina of the eye when he was struck during the second period of the 5-4 loss Wednesday night to Winnipeg Jets. Scott said the extent of the injury will not be fully known for at least two weeks, or until the swelling in the eye recedes, "All we can say now is that visual acuity is not what it should be, Scott said. There is swelling in the body of the eye and on the surface, so we cannot tell just how severe the disruption of blood supply has been." Lemelin starred a .)l-save per formance, including a string of important stops late in the first period. "He kept us in the game in the first, said Calgary left winger Steve Bozek. Let's face it. were a totally different club when were up by two or three. Johnson said he wasn't surprised by Nilssons performance, which tied a club record for goals in a game which he already shared with three others, I see what he can do in practice and, well, hes amazing when he wants to turn it on. Hakan Loob scored twice for Calgary, which held period leads of 3-0 and 6-0. Paul Reinhart, Bozek and Mike Eaves added singles. Ron Delorme replied for the Canucks, who took two of the games five minor penalties and surrendered the nights only power-play goal. Neale said goaltender Richard Brodeur suffered a still-to-be-diagnosed neck injury on Eaves third-period goal, when the Calgary player's momentum carried him into the Vancouver crease. Brodeur and John Garrett combined for 25 saves. unbeaten McMaster Marauders in the season finale. However, Guelph rebounded with a 27-15 victory over the Marauders in a first-round playoff game and followed that up with victories over Western Mustangs, and the No. 1-ranked Calgary Dinosaurs before disposing of the Mounties. The Cup drew a crowd of 19,842 a record for the university championship at Varsity Stadium. Steve Bruno, who guided Mount Allison a school of 1,700 students in Sackville, N.B. to its first appearance in the Vanier Cup, was named the CIAU coach of the year. Quarterback Phil Scarfone of McMaster won the Hec Crighton Trophy as the outstanding football player in the country. Meanwhile in hockey, Toronto Blues won their 10th title, beating Concordia Stingers 9-1 in the title game as Andre Hidi, Phil Drouillard and Tom Callaghan each scored two goals. Two weeks later, Hidi, who had 10 goals and 12 assists during the ClAUs championship tournament, signed a pro contract with Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. And two months later, Mike Keenan, who coached the Blues to the national title in his first year, was named head coach of the NHLs Philadelphia Flyers. Victoria Vikings won their fifth consecutive mens basketball championship, beating Brandon Bobcats, and running their undefeated streak against Canadian opposition to 61 games. Bishops Gaiters collected their second straight womens basketball title, beating Winnipeg Lady Wesmen. Lynn Poison led the Gaiters with 84 points in three tournament cham-pionsipgmes. Alex Baumann, a political science student at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont., dominated the swim scene. The 20-year-old world record holder set four CIAU standards the 200 and 400-metre individual medleys, the 100-metre freestyle and the 200-metre breaststroke at the national championships in March. Then, in August, Baumann won gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics in the 200- and 400-metre medleys, setting world records in the process. Kathy Richardson of Guph won three CIAU crowns and was named the female swimmer of the national championships, taking the womens 400 medley, 400 freestyle and BOO frestyle. Calgary came away with the mens team title and Toronto the womens team crown. Allan Reddon of York was the star of the mens gymnastics championship in March, winning the individual all-round title, the horizontal bar, pommel horse, vault, floor exercise and collecting a sixth gold medal as a member of the winning York team. He scored a perfect 10 in the horizontal bar routine. York Yeowomen took the womens gymnastics team title, led by Barb Nut-zenberger. Anne Muscat of British Columbia was the all-round champion, the fifth straight year a UBC competitor took the crown. University of British Columbia captured the men's soccer title, but only after Carleton Ravens battled the Thunderbirds 1-1 through 90 minutes of regulation play and 30 minutes of scoreless overtime. The women's field hockey championship went to Victoria Vikettes for the first time, with Elko Tabata scoring the lone goal of the game against York Yeowomen. The volleyball titles went to the Prairies. Manitoba Bisons captured the mens crown, upsetting defending champion Thunderbirds 15-8, 15-8, 15-8. Winnipeg Lady Wesmen garnered the womens championship, downing Dalhousie 15-7, 15-4, 11-15, 14-6, 15-10 in a two-hour marathon. In track and field, Simon Hoogewerf of UBC established a Canadian indoor record for the 800-metre race at an invitational meet in Moscow, Idaho. There also were touches of controversy on the university scene. The mens basketball program at Concordia was placed on one years probation, from Dec. 1 this year to Dec. 1. 1985, for paying students for work never performed. The Stingers are being allowed to compete In Quebec conference play for the 1984-85 season, but will qualify for the playoffs only if they are league champions. St. Marys Huskies mens basketball team withdrew from competition on the eve of the CIAU playoffs in April after winning the Atlantic conference title. Then the mens basketball program was suspended for the 1984-85 season following two eligibility disputes involving American players. One of the players was Ron Lardge, conference rookie of the year. The hockey Huskies also withdrew from the conference playoffs after discovering they had used an ineligible player. The hockey team, though, is competing in the 1984-85 season. HE'S USED TO IT Dionne - busy winning greatness in obscurity INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) While Montreals Larry Robinson, Rick his contemporaries fall one by one into Kehoe of Pittsburgh Penguins, and retirement, Marcel Dionne of Los Buffalos Craig Ramsay and Larry Angeles Kings keeps up his chase of Hajt are left from the class of 1971. three of hockeys greatest names in Dionne believes its been his ap-relativeobscurity. proach to the game that has kept him The stocky five-foot-eight, 185-pound Paying at a high level for so long, centre, playing in his 14th National I think its mental attitude, the way Hockey League season, scored his 600th 've always enjoyed the people Ive goal last week and seems certain to worked for and the chance to do well, pass Bobby Hull, the former Chicago he said. Black Hawks star, as the third-leading Ironically, Dionne thinks playing in goal scorer in NHL history. Hull scored os Angeles might have prolonged his 610 goals in 16 seasons. career. Only Gordie Howe, with 801 goals in When I go to Montreal, I love it 26 seasons, and Phil Esposito, scoring there, but theyre into it so much that I 717 goals in 17 seasons, will remain think theyre overdoing it, he said, ahead of Dionne. When you go to work, you should leave Yet his climb into the ranks of yur work at the office and you can hockey's greatest scorers has not at- bounce back the next day. traded all that much attention, Back there, are you kidding? Your something Dionne has gotten used to work follows you everywhere, playing in Los Angeles. Newspapers, radio. . . you cant do It makes me stronger mentally, anything or there will be something Dionne said. Things havent been about you. You've got to watch it all the cateredtome. time. It keeps you on your toes and Ive had to work for it. I think thats what does it. It burns you out publicity, media attention, is only what mentally, you get out of it. The fact that Dionne, at 33, is still Some 8uys ,inish earlier because among the leagues leading scorers is theyve burned out mentally. Maybe remarkable when the retirement thats what happened to Latleur. earlier this season of Montreal Dionne, who missed just 17 games in Canadiens great Guy Latleur is con- his first 12 years and 14 games last year sidered. Latleur, who finished his w'th an ankle injury, said he wants to career ranked eighth in goals scored, keeP bis physical condition on a par was the only player selected ahead of w'th his salary, one of the NHLs Dionneinthe 1971 draft. highest. Theres not that many guys left, i t rn lully aware ot the money that said Dionne of the players he opposed in 111 making. he said I want to be his early years in the NHL. In fact, only Proud to pick up my paycheques. 14 players drafted the same year as Although he isn t thinking about it Dionne or in previous drafts are still now Dionne recognizes that retirement actjve is out there and hes preparing himself Brad Park, formerly of New York Rangers and Boston Bruins and now Sooner or later, it s going to hap-with Detroit Red Wings, remains the P1, ,be sa'd- Look at the greats: sole survivor of the 1966 draft. No Espositoandcompany. players remain from the next two he only difterence is now I don t drafts. know if players are going to play 20 From the class of 1969, only Ivan years now- 11 seems now when you Boldirev of Detroit and Butch Goring of reacb that 12th, 13th or 14th year, New York Islanders are still playing. there s not a lot ot guys playing alter Goalies Gilles Meloche (Minnesota that. North Stars), Billy Smith (Islanders), I m taking it one year at a time. Dan Bouchard (Quebec Nordiques), Dionne started slowly this season, and centres Darryl Sittler (Detroit) and scoring just two goals and getting only Gil Perrault (Buffalo Sabres) are left five assists in his first 10 games But he from the class of 1970. broke out of it quickly, scoring 15 goals With the retirement of Latleur, only an 21 assists in his next 20 games, a Dionne, Bostons Terry OReilly, spree that culminated in his 600th goal. I Baliard relents, lets little Muscovites skate TORONTO (CP) -Harold Ballard's cold war with Soviet hockey officially ended Thursday night when a team of 15-year-olds from Moscow laced on skates and glided onto the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens. Ballard, owner of the Gardens and Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, had not allowed a Soviet team use of his building since the Canada Cup tournament in 1976. The Soviet team bused directly from Toronto International Airport to the Gardens for a 75-minute workout in preparation for their tour opener tonight against a selection of midget-aged Ontario allstars. The Soviets also play in Ottawa, Quebec, Montreal, Fredericton, Dartmouth, N.S., Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary, where they wind up the tour Jan. 8, Coach Nikolai Kazakov had one Immediate problem - finding defenceman Dmitry Sadovskov. Roughriders REGINA (CP) For the first time In five years the Saskatchewan Roughride-rs of the Canadian Football Lea gue have lost money. The unaudited financial statement, based on projected figures, was read by t reasurer Tom Sheperd at the teams annual meeting Thursday. . It shows a loss of $269,600 for 1984. Net gale receipts were down by approximately 5,6 per cent but Sheperd said the overall results compare favorably with the rest of the league. It was soon deduced that Sadovskov had been left behind at the airport. A telephone call had the RCMP on the case and the Mounties found their man forlornly guarding a stack of sticks in the customs area. On the ice, goaltender Aleksandr Suchkov gingerly kicked away pucks, looking like a future Vladislav Tretiak. The skaters used sticks without tape that had the bottom inch of the blades colored black. Skating and shooting drills were emphasized in the practice. Midget-aged players can be as old as 16, but every one of the Soviet players is 15. The Soviet learn has been together three days, as has its opponent tonight, Team Ontario. Bob Corran, from the University of Windsor and an assistant coach with Team Ontario, was at the Gardens along with general manager Dave Siciliano of Thundey Bay, Ont., to get a look at the Soviets. So was Murray Costello, Sheperd said preliminary figures gathered from other CFL teams place the Roughriders In the middle of the pack. His information shows Edmonton, B.C,, Winnipeg, and Toronto all had higher gate receipts than the Riders, while Calgary, Ottawa, Hamilton, and Montreal had lower figures. The income from football operations surpassed the $4-million mark for the first time in Roughrider president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. Were happy theyre here, Costello said of the Soviet midgets, who are the first of their age group to play in Canada in eight years. Weve been looking forward to this for some time. Our kids are going to get their first chance to play against a Soviet team and most of them will be playing in the Gardens for the first time, too, he added. Its good to see the Soviets best players at this age and compare them to our players. Its a great way for us to develop players. The under-17 players representing the various Canadian regions participating in the series were selected following camps across the country last summer. Its all part of the CAHAs master plan to Identify prospects for Canadas national team, which will play in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. in red history. The figure from non-football operations revenue derived from active memberships, the $200-a-plate dinner, corporate and patron directorships and $50,000 from the sale of Ken Danbys heritage portrait prints exceeded the 1983 figure by $90,800. However, operating expenses topped the $5 million mark for the first time in the teams history. This figure represented an increase of $860,700 over 1983. V X V 4 4 4 4 4 4 n $ 4

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