1972 Summit Series Hockey A Hockey- Lover Presentation by Cassidy Nendick P.S. Go Canucks!! A September to Remember • The first competition between the full-strength Canadian and Soviet national ice-hockey teams • An eight-game series held in September 1972 • “Summit Series” is the most recognized name for this event • In French it is known as La Série du Siècle (the Series of The eight game series the Century) consisted of four games in • In Russian, it is called USSR- Canada held in: Montreal, Canada Superseries Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. All four games in • Was originally named the the Soviet Union were held in “Friendship Series”- which was Moscow soon forgotten An Unexpected Test • Team Canada was made up of the NHL’s greatest stars, which is why they were expected to easily defeat the communist opposition • Team Canada had expected to win 8 games to 0 • The Russian Team was in spectacular shape • Soviet success on the ice stunned Canadians • The Russians taught Team Canada that although they were NHL’s all-stars, it did not make them the best • Canadians had always undoubtedly believed in their country’s supremacy • Team Canada had restored faith in fans by persevering on to win the final 3 games of the series- all of which game winning goals were at the hands of Paul Henderson • Henderson was a talented, yet unsuspected hero. He was an unspectacular left winger A Memorable Defeat • Game 8 Moscow, September 28, 1972- Canada 6- Soviet Union 5 • Paul Henderson scored the 6-5 goal at 19:26 of the final period • "Here's a shot. Henderson makes a wild stab for it and falls," described announcer Foster Hewitt. "Here's another shot. Right in front. They Score!! Henderson has scored for Canada!" • Paul Henderson’s goal sealed a remarkable comeback victory over a Soviet team that had nearly pushed Canada to the brink of defeat • As Hewitt described “the goal heard around the world” millions of Canadians danced and hugged in an image which was reminiscent of the celebrations at the end of World War Two • This single sporting moment meant so much to Canadians. It gave a sense of unparalleled nationalism • Canada won the series four games to three, with one tie More Than A Game The series was played at the height of the Cold War. Intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the series in both countries. It was much more than a hockey contest; it was a dramatic Cold War confrontation that symbolized the opposing sides of the Iron Curtain; East versus West and communism versus capitalism conflict. VS. "Canada is first in the world in two things: hockey and wheat.” – Harry Sinden, Head Coach for Team Canada.
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