Shocking 1972 Summit Series Secrets
Spacecat on 09/04/2007
|In 1972, while the world watched the Summer Olympics and the drama and tragedy that were unfolding in Munich, a drama of a different kind was taking place on our television screens.|
A select group of Canadian hockey players were facing the USSR national team in an eight-game series. Four games were to be played in Canada and four in Moscow. This was the first time in hockey history, and perhaps in all of sports, where professionals would compete against athletes from a Communist bloc country.
For years, it had been assumed that our best professionals could easily beat any international team composed of amateurs. When the series started, Team Canada was overconfident, and not in the best physical shape. The fact that Canada scored 30 seconds into game one did not help matters, and gave them a false sense of security. Team Canada lost game one.
Leaving to go overseas they trailed two games to one with one tie, the remaining games to be played in the Soviet Union. Although they faced booing fans at home and biased officiating in the Soviet Union, the Canadian team perservered and appeared to win the series.
The NHL used a best-of-seven format to decide the winners of a playoff series, and this was the format chosen for the Summit Series. The final outcome of the games in the 1972 series for Canada was four wins, three losses and a tie. Canada won the series, right?
For years after the series ended, a plaque stood in the Palace of Sports in Lenin Central Stadium. The plaque stated that in 1972, during an 8-game total-goal series against Canada,the USSR was victorious 32 goals to Canada's 31. This is just one of the many facts that were not widely known.
Many sources were used in the construction of this quiz. Main ones are "Canada-Russia 72" a 2-part miniseries that played on CBC in 2006. Gleanings from magazine article "Death Of A Legend" by Henk W. Hoppener as well as personal recollections and a plethora of newspaper clippings from 1972.
If you watched the series or numerous replays over the years and are a hockey fan, this quiz will not be difficult. Non-hockey fans may find the quiz interesting, but not knowing the players will make this a very hard quiz. Either way, I hope you enjoy the quiz!
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