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Page Six

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, February 16, 1971 '

Cartier

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By TERRI FOUCHEY
The girls in the third grade
physical education class at Berns
Park elementary school have the
distinction of being the only .peo-
ple to completely tie up defense-
man Punch Cartier this year.
Of course, unlike opposing for-
wards and defensemen, they
used ropes insteads of sticks and
pucks.
Cartier describes the incident,
"I'm in an observation class and
one day the teacher split the kids
up and gave me charge of the
girls. I couldn't keep them quiet
and I didn't know what to do
and all of the sudden they were
all around me with their jump-
ropes. They put the ropes around
my legs and arms and I couldn't
move."
His proficiency in removing
obstacles from his path has
earned Cartier the reputation of
a hitter and the favor of Michi-
gan fans. "When faced with a pos-
sible impediment to his progress.
he will do everything in his
power to avoid being immobiliz-
ed. Eight-year-old girls are the
only people who really give him
trouble.

Coach Al Renfrew offers sev-
eral reasons, aside from hitting,
why fans enjoy Cartier. "He's a
tough player and one of his big-
gest assets is undoubtedly his
ability to hit. Unfortunately, col-
lege hockey rules tend to neu-
tralize this ability in any play: r
with the restrictions on check-
ing. He has a lot of power and a
good, hard, heavy shot. He's also
good at carrying the puck."
Defenseman Jerry Lefebvre
who often pairs up with Cartier
feels this is one of his strengths.
"Punch has a great ability to
control the puck at all times,
which means he can also control
the game. He has this move
where he'll delay for an extra
second when he's got the puck
and someone's near him. The
guy will skate by him because
he thinks he's going to shoot or
pass and then Punch will keep
going with it."
He continues, "He's the kind cf
defenseman who c a n t a k e
chances and never make a mis-
take. He'll stick in the offensive
zone and the forwards might
beat him out, so that it's three
on me, but he always wins the
battle to get back and help."

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Goalie Karl Bagnell presents
this opinion of Cartier's dexter-
ity of movement. "When he's
caught out of position he's good
at getting back into play. He's
also fairly well defensive-mind-
ed which helps a goalie a lot."
His hitting and defensive-
mindedness can be traced to ball
hockey games played in the
streets of Montreal and to foot,
ball. "I used to love to play goal
in ball hockey because I used to
love stopping pucks.
"In football I played middle
linebackertand that involves a
lot of hitting. When I started
hockey I wanted to hit and de-
fense is the only place you really
get a chance to. Also, I wasn't
very fast and I still iiked stop-
ping pucks, so I'm a defense-
man."
Cartier now finds several
deeper purposes for playing hoc-
key and defense. "In society you
can't really be physical, but in
hockey you can really give it to
them. It offers kind of a letup.
It's a good fast game and it's a
skill. Everybody wants to per-
form a skill and have a mastery
of something. It also fills the
need of competition."
He characterizes his basic
style as "You have to go get
them rather than let them come
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p ans
they come around me I'll try to
get them so that they'll be keep-
ing their heads up trying to stay
away from me and they'll usual-
ly throw the puck away."
He adds, "Obviously the main
part of the defenseman's job is
not to have goals scored and that
means helping the goalie by get-
ting the puck out of our zone."
The move which Lefebvre re-
ferred to Cartier finds useful as
a fake. "It's sort of a 'let him do
his move and I'll do mine' deal.
I'll do something to invite, him
or fake him into his and then I
can judge it and decide what I'll
do. It's a game of chance, but
it's better to have the last word
before chance takes over."
The troubles the icers have
been having lately have necessi-
tated a bit of shifting in the de-
fensive corps, which usually
means that the same players will
not be paired for too long. This
brings up problems of adjust-
ing to a new style every game,
but Cartier sees it as a possible
solution to a bigger problem.
"Of course it's better to be
with somebody for a while be-
cause each can adjust his indi-
vidual style to the other. I'll
know if he'll be in the corner
and if he's not, where he will be.
We all adjust pretty quickly,
though."
He feels his main resnonsibility
to his partner to be, "to let him
know where I'm at and to co-
operate with him all the time.
We all like to set up plays just
between the defense, our own
deals, like the forwards, where
we'll rush up the ice."
The partner who compliments
his style best is "offensive-
minded because I'm slow. He
has to be able to carry the puck.
He can go into the corners be-
cause I'll cover for him. On de-
fense, he should take tne puck
and I'll take the man because I
play the body more."
On the power play Cartier is
the only defenseman with four
p forwards. He feels he has a good
shot and that's why he's out
there. Renfrew agrees with this
impression. Another reason Car-
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has to be at least one who is
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Cartier has disappointed fans
in one aspect this season:; e's
not fighting as much. Last sea-
son only one teammate surpassed
his penalty minutes and he had
to sit out several games as the
result of misconducts. "The
coach told us that we'd have to
cut down on penalties if we were
going to do anything. So I made
a resolution to try to be cool.
Fighting doesn't bring anything
and I'm needed more on the ice
than in the box. Now J count to
10 and go over to the bench. But
it doesn't hurt any one if I yell
a lot, so I'm trying that more.
"By spending more time on the
ice I've increased my scoring
because I've got more occasion
and maybe I've helped the
team."

-Daily-Jim Wallace
Punch Cartier winds up

One time when Cartier didn't
help his team was when he ws
in junior hockey and he scored a "
goal in his own net during the
finals against present roommate
Mike Jarry's team. In between
periods after this disaster his
mother came to the locker room
and gave him two Saint Jude
medals which he put in his Jock
for the rest of the game. Saint y.
Jude is the patron of hopeless
causes and he must have been
paying attention to Madame Car..
tier that night. As he describes it,
"I scored two goals and we won.
I still wear the medals, too."
Maybe if Madame Cartier sem
all the Wolverine icers Just one
Saint Jude medal perhaps they
might lose their status as an al-
most hopeless cause.

Professional League Standings

Boston
New York
Montreal
Toronto
Buffalo
Detroit
Vancouver
Chicago
St., Louis
Pittsburgh
Minnesota

NHL
East Division
W L T Pts. GF
40 8 7 87 2701
34 13 10 78 1841
27 17 11 65 1981
28 25 4 60198
16 30 10 42 1432
16 31 8 40 1512
17 33 5 39 1502

West Division
37 14 6
23 17 15
19 25 13
19 25 13

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61 1501
51 162
51 138

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134
156
165
208
207
203
134
144
161
168
167
205
202

Today's Games
Montreal at St. Louis
Boston at Detroit
Chicago at Vancouver
Only games scheduled.
Mi nesota at Los Angeles
NBA
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
W L Pet. GB
New York 41 24 .631 -
Philadelphia 37 '27 .578 3
Boston 35 29 .547 5yx
Buffalo 18 47 .277 23
Central Division
Baltimore 35 26 .574 -
Cincinnati 24 39 .381 12
Atlanta 24 40 .375 12Y
Cleveland 11 56 .164 27
Western Conference
Midwest Division
Milwaukee 51 11- .823 -
Detroit 38 23 .623 12Y2
Chicago 38 25 .603 13'/
Phoenix 38 26 .594 14

Philadelphia 20 26 10 50 148
Los Angeles 16 26 11 43 159
California 16 37 3 35 139
Yesterday's Results
No games scheduled.

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Yesterday's Results
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Today's Games
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Baltimore at Detroit
Atlanta at Chicago
New York at Los Angeles
Milwaukee at Buffalo
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