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01-18-2013, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Perfectly logical. It is a statement that the team has faith that there will be no repeat of the incident and that is exactly what happened.

By the time the Clarke incident happened the team had lost all discipline AND the Clarke incident was coach inspired. So the coaching staff could not send him home or the team would never listen to them again.
I agree that Harry Sinden could not have sent Bobby Clarke home -after all Clarke was encouraged by John Ferguson to injure Valery Kharlamov. He can't tell a player to go out and do something, and when they do it, then punish them.

The big difference between the coaches of 1972 and 1974 was this. To Harry Sinden and John Ferguson the end justified the means. Billy Harris was like Father David Bauer who ran the Canadian National Team from 1967-70. Both Harris and Father Dave wanted to win badly - but not at any cost. There was a line they would not allow their teams to cross. As well it was just as important to them that whatever the outcome of the game/series that Team Canada be seen as true gentlemen who played the game skillfully and within the rules.

Craig Wallace

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