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Murph Chamberlain announced as new Wolves coach - in 1959
by Randy Pascal
This Week in Sports looks back on the week of August 10th to August 17th, 1959

There was more than just a touch of nostalgia in play as Murph Chamberlain was introduced as the new coach of the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday. "I've got a thousand memories of this place," he stated after being introduced by team president Ted Hill.

"But I think the best one is when I scored the winning goal against Calgary for the Frood Tigers when we won the Allan Cup in 1937." In fact, the Wolves will not be competing for an Allan Cup championship in the 1959-1960 season, but rather are seeking their first championship crown in the Eastern Professional Hockey League.

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will act as co-sponsors of the pro team in Sudbury. While the bulk of the lineup still must be finalized, Chamberlain did help clear up the situation between the pipes. "Unless Johnny Bower breaks a leg at the Leafs' camp, we'll get either Ed Chadwick or Gerry McNamara. Goaltending is certainly not our greatest problem for this season."


It would be a Sault Ste Marie native that would lay claim to the 1959 Idylwylde Ladies' Invitational as Jean McLeod followed up an opening round of 93 by carding a 91 on Sunday, good for a four stroke win over defending champion Edna Johnston of Sudbury.

"I've been down here four times before to play in the Champion of Champions tournament, and it has rained every time," confided McLeod, who captured the Soo Invitational last summer. North Bay's Gen Barringer and Ann Gluckstein of Parry Sound tied for third at 190, with Marg Parkinson (Sudbury), Flora McFarlane (Haileybury), Helen Best (Sault) and Bertha Lonza (Sudbury) the next four in line.


In one fell swoop, the Italia Flyers eleven moved awfully close to securing yet another hoist of the Charity Cup. Johnny O'Donnell and Eddie Palladino scored two goals apiece for the Flyers, who outscored the St Anthony Stars 6-4 less than 24 hours after defeating Sudbury Olympia 2-0 to secure the league championship and the Anderson Trophy.

Giovanni Zavattin and Bob Motts rounded out the scoring for Italia, with fiery Lorenzo Ricci drilling a hat trick and Odorico Dambrozio adding a singleton for the Stars. The Adria Rockets and Olympia will clash Wednesday night, with the winner of that game facing the Polish White Eagles Vets in the semi-final affair, as the Flyers wait for their championship opponent.

Remaining members of the league title winners are Bruno Candusso, Adrio Udeschini, Vittorio Fabbro, Dario Petovello, Benito Pividor, Attilo Segato, Mario Zuliani, Mario Rossit, Charlie Evers, Gus Collussi, coach Tony Manfe and team president Carmen Santoro.


The Sudbury Tennis Club contingent became the first club to ever capture every single title in the Northern Ontario and Western Quebec championships, and they did it without two of their star players. Both John Masich (currently on holidays) and Ruth Stein (left recently for overseas) were unavailable, not that it slowed down the local express.

Earning top spot in their respective categories were Nick Simic (men's singles), Joyce Scott (ladies singles), Bob Buchan/Gerry Myers (men's doubles), Joyce Scott/Joanne Pettit (women's doubles) and Doug Evans/Hildegarde Balogh (mixed doubles), as all the hardware remained locally.


The local track and field contingent are breaking new grounds as Cec McLean, Dave Morris and Bill Hlwyka, all of whom competed at the recent Ontario Championships, as well as high school star Charlie MacMillan all see action at the Canadian Legion Youth Training Plan at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

This marks the first time that Sudbury will be represented, in any way, shape or form. "Errol Gibson and I have been hounding them since May to get these boys down there," said Legion sports official Ed White. There will be some prominent eyes on hand at the event, including a Michigan State coach who worked with local shot putter, Roy Pella, as well as another coach from Princeton.

Hlwyla will participate in the shot put and discus, while the remaining trio are expected to compete in shorter distance sprints, though Morris might also enter the high jump. MacMillan, meanwhile, is the St Charles College intermediate track star who cracked and tied high school records in winning the local aggregate title.


With their sights clearly focused on the 1960 Olympics, the Sudbury paddling tandem of John Beedell and Joe Derochie shared the spotlight with Gabor Joo of Toronto Island, as the North American paddling championships were hosted on Lake Ramsey.

Derochie and Beedell clocked a time of 4:35.10 in the 1000 metre single blade tandem, while Joo crossed the line in 4:12.00 in the singles kayak, ever so slightly faster than the 1956 Olympic gold medal winning time of 4:12.88.

"Those were some remarkable fast times turned in, but the conditions were really favourable," noted regatta chairman Weir Stringer. On hand for the festivities was Canadian Olympic team coach Jimmy Mossman, who confirmed that at least four members of the Sudbury club are expecyed to compete at the Olympic Trials in Ottawa in June of 1960.

Joining Beedell and Derochie are Joe Sharp and Doug McMorran, as Team Canada looks to upset the world standings that are currently ruled by both the Europeans and the Russians.

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