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Monday, Jul. 16, 2018
Sudbury one step closer to a Junior A hockey franchise...in 1972
2018-04-23
by Randy Pascal
Week of April 15th - 22nd, 1972
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Sudbury is on the verge on gaining entry into the Ontario Hockey Association Junior "A" series.

At a weekend meeting of the Junior "A" council, members were informed by Hap Emms, current owner of the Niagara Falls Flyers, that the sale of the team to Sudbury interests was virtually completed.

Emms also said that he hoped to remain in the league next year, leading to speculation that he will buy the St Catharines Black Hawks' franchise from present owner Fred Muller.

The major obstacle in the sale of the Niagara Falls team to Sudbury had been that Emms wanted to retain control of the team, as did the Sudbury group interested in purchasing the Flyers.

Still in the north, a party representing investors in Sault Ste Marie also deposited a certified cheque of $30,000 with the league, requesting an application for membership next season.

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Sudbury peewee and midget teams will have to come from behind as both local entries dropped their openers of the All-Ontario "AA" best of three finals Friday night in Toronto.

The Mine-Mill Midgets received goals from Wes MacDonald, Hugh Cameron and Dale McCourt, but it wasn't quite enough, as Wexford edged the northern lads 4-3. Wayne Ormson netted a pair of goals for the winners, with solo tallied coming courtesy of Neil Burns and Bob Keller.

"We don't underestimate any team that gets this far," said Wexford coach Sherwood Bassin, addressing any concerns that his team might be over-confident. "This was our first meeting with a real tough hockey club all year, and to get beat by one goal by a Toronto team is no disgrace," countered Sudbury bench boss Pat Cameron.

Meanwhile, the MacIsaac's Peewees could not capitalize on an outstanding effort in net from Louis Malbeuf, surrendering three third period goals in a 4-0 loss to Shopsy's. Randy Dupre paced the homeside with a two goal effort, with Craig Isart and Bob Johnson both joining him on the scoresheet.

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Garson-Falconbridge Secondary School girls won their fourth consecutive NOSSA (Northern Ontario Secondary School Association) volleyball title Saturday, emerging as champions at the tournament hosted at Nickel District Collegiate in Sudbury.

Captain Lucy Laderoute and company overwhelmed Widdifield Secondary from North Bay, 15-0, 15-5, while the junior final would see Korah Collegiate (Sault Ste Marie) go the distance before getting the better of the host Nickel District entry, 15-10, 12-15, 15-9.

Laurentian University women's volleyball coach Pat Pickard was on hand to present the hardware. The Garson crew did not emerge unharmed, as an injury to Jane Finlay forced the member of the gold medal winning crew to head to the hospital to seek treatment.

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A larger ice surface and New Brunswick crowds of in excess of 3,000 did the Lively Cyclones no favours, as the locals lost two straight to the Campbellton Intermediates, beaten in the Eastern Canadian Intermediate "A" championship 12-2 and 10-4.

Game two goal scorers for Lively were Dave Bain, Gerry Ladouceur, Chris Crowder and Brian Crowder, while Cyclones netminders Al Bignuccolo and Roy Sleaver were kept substantially more busy than former Sudbury Wolves' netminder Dan Burkhart, between the pipes for the east coast reps.

"They are a really well coached club," commented Lively manager Graham Squirell. "We might have done better on a smaller ice surface like we are used to at Copper Cliff. They have some ex-pros and some good overage juniors. They are a fast club which loves to skate."

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Utilizing a two-way boxing style, changing stances from left to right, Hamiltonian Vince Valvarosi scored a first round knockout of Frank Winters from Montreal in the featured event of a boxing card hosted at the Frood-Shamrock Athletic Club.

Both former golden glove champions, Valvarosi and Winters will travel to Timmins in late April for the All-Ontario championships, looking to qualify for the Canadian Championships in Calgary in May.

A four round semi-final bout spotlighted 14 year old Allen Beers, who exhibited style and skill in outboxing Sedgewick Maloney, an opponent eight years his senior.

The heavyweight matchup between Art Mills (204 lbs) and Mario Ravinelle (200) shook the ring in what was likely the most exciting fight of the night, with Mills getting the worse of it and losing the decision.

Remaining bouts were as follows:

Harry Cunningham and Robert Poulin fought to a draw
Mike Mazuk outpointed Duncan Yates
David Zambroski bested Jim Smith
Arne Punkkinen defeated Glenn Winters

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Helsinki native Olavi Suomalainen may have surprised onlookers by capturing the 76th annual Boston Marathon on Monday, but it was 33 year-old Laurentian University professor Ron Wallingford who captured the hearts of locals.

The Sudbury resident placed second among the Canadian men entered in the race, 33rd overall, completing the fabled 26-mile course in a time of 2:27:53, trailing only John Mowatt of Toronto (2:24:53).

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For the first time ever, the Sudbury Wolves placed their goaltender on the first all-star team of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association Junior "A" league, with Pat Tims among several locals who were recognized in the balloting.

John Flesch was named as top defenceman, picking up 65 points in the ballots, while Mike Zuke of the Soo Greyhounds was the runaway winner at center. The nod on right wing would go to Chelmsford's Jim Mayer, edging out Jerry Andreatta (Soo) and Trevor Prescott (North Bay).

Hounds' bench boss Abbie Caricato received first team accolades, with Barry McKenzie of the Wolves on the second team, followed by coaches Joe Drago of Chelmsford in third, and Moe Mantha of North Bay in fourth.

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