Ken Dryden did an excellent job (The Rinks Were Running Red, March 26) on his diary of the Team Canada- Russia ice hockey games. The article was as humorous and suspenseful as Jim Bouton's Ball Four.
The only flaw I found was that Dryden forgot to mention that the Russian coach, Vsevolod Bobrov, said that Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers was one of the best ice hockey players he had ever seen. Congratulations arc due to Ken Dryden and Mr. Bobrov's good taste.
I found Ken Dryden's article provocative as well as interesting, but he is underrating himself. Being a New York Ranger fan, I find it hard to compliment another goalkeeper, but in the Canada- Russia series Dryden showed why he is indeed an NHL All-Star. The way he adapted himself to the Russian style of play was extremely professional.
HAYDEN G. MORRIS
New York City
In covering the Badgers and their victory in the NCAA hockey championship (On, Wisconsin, or Hullabaloo Goes East, March 26), Dan Levin did a good job. However, how he can tag Wisconsin as a Cinderella team is beyond reason. Being the first or second team in the nation throughout the year gives little credence to the thought that Wisconsin first started playing hockey as the clock struck tournament time. Wisconsin didn't have All-Americas like Denver but a few stars don't make a team.
As a student at Michigan Tech, which is a member school in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, I would like to call your attention to the fact that Wisconsin did not get to Boston because it won the Big Ten championship. This has nothing to do with getting to the NCAA finals. Wisconsin beat Minnesota and Notre Dame in the quarter-and semi-finals of the WCHA. That is how the Badgers earned the trip East.
Lake Linden, Mich.
You really should pay more tribute to Coach Bob Johnson. He's the man who engineered an NCAA championship in spite of a painfully weak set of defensemen. He's the man who developed four lines especially for the NCAA tournament, even though it meant some weak performances in January and February. And he's the man who knew that Wisconsin's best chance in the nationals would be to wear down the competition with four lines and constant hustling.
Robert F. Jones' article Highlining with the Soakers of Socorro (March 19) was an interesting, sometimes fascinating story but one that forced me to ask this question: What did the fishermen do with the 12 tons offish they caught?
Did they eat all of their catch—a mind-boggling thought? Did they mount each fish for display? Did they give the fish to the local populace? Or did they simply throw the carcasses over the side? I am tempted to assume the last answer is the correct one, considering man's historical disregard for the preservation of wildlife. I would like very much to be proved wrong, and hope you will do so.
?All the fish were iced down, canned in San Diego and given to charities.—ED.
MAN TO MAN
It happens every March, but there are still some college basketball coaches who just will not learn an obvious lesson: you don't win the important championships using a zone defense!