Canadian hockey fans saw one of the most intriguing half hours ever on Dominion-wide television last week. On the program Question Mark three men—Toronto Columnist Scott Young and ex- National Hockey League Referees Red Storey and Dalt McArthur—unloaded on the NHL and League President Clarence Campbell.
Young used to be a fixture on NHL broadcasts until he wrote that the 1962 million-dollar deal for Frank Mahovlich was a hoax. Then, Young said, he was out for keeps, an example of how the NHL might silence anyone who might "upset the apple cart." Storey said he resigned because Campbell publicly humiliated him, and McArthur said he got few assignments after being slugged by Montreal Coach Toe Blake. All three made their statements bluntly and without passion, but what gave the program extra spice was the charges the two refs made. McArthur said he was once told not to call close infractions on the New York Rangers in a game with the Boston Bruins because league officials wanted the Rangers to win, and victory meant a playoff berth.
A few years ago, Storey recalled, referees were told to take it easy against visiting teams playing the Canadiens, then the league powerhouse. "You gave the edge to the visitors," Storey said.
League President Campbell at once denied that any refereeing had been rigged. "Storey is a liar," he said. "There has never been a case of anyone attempting to influence the outcome of a game. I will defend the integrity and reputation of the NHL and myself against anyone." Campbell has accepted an invitation to appear on Question Mark this week and will deliver "a strong rebuttal."
HYPNOSIS IN HOUSTON
Entertainer Arthur Ellen is a well-known hypnotist. Last week Guy Lewis, the coach of the University of Houston basketball team, asked Ellen to cast a spell on seven of his players. Houston, scheduled to play Texas A&M, had lost a previous game to the Aggies, and Coach Lewis wanted his men to win this one.
Before the game Ellen met the players. Forward Don Schverak, bothered by a cast on a finger, went into a trance. Ellen told him to forget it. Forward Richard Apolskis was jittery. Ellen told him to relax. Jim Jones feared the Aggie center, two inches taller. When Jones came to, he felt "10 feet tall."
Great. Houston was ready, and, by gosh, Houston won 73-65. Was victory due to Ellen's efforts? Not quite. Houston won chiefly because of the play of Chet Oliver and Jack Margenthaler, neither of whom had been hypnotized.
OUT FOR BLOOD
Publicity hokum aside, the Liston-Clay fight is becoming a grudge match. Liston is infuriated by Clay's jibes about his prison record, among other things, and Sonny is determined to demolish Clay as fast as he can. Told that another one-round knockout could kill future gates, Liston said, "Even if it was the ruin of boxing and even if I couldn't be champion anymore, I wouldn't let him last a second longer than I possibly could."