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September 1972 Summit Series Canada vs Russia
This photo was taken from ” 100 Photos that changed Canada Published by Harper Collins Publishers Ltd ,Edited by, Mark Reid, The Beaver Magazine, excerpts from an article by Chris Webb Forward by Charlotte Gray, Preface by Deborah Morrison
Canada’s professional hockey teams challenged the Soviet Union’s elite hockey players to an 8 game SUMMIT SERIES, sometimes referred to as the Friendship Series. The Soviets stunned Canada by winning the first game 7-3 in Montreal. Canada won the second game 4-1 in Toronto. After winning one and losing one and then tying one, in Winnipeg, the Canadian team was booed off the ice in Vancouver, after a 5-3 loss.
Going back to Russia for the final 4 games, the Canadians declared WAR of flashing skates and crushing body checks, it was no more a friendship series, it was now democracy verses communism.
It looked bleak as Canada lost the 5th game in Moscow , but Canada fought back winning games 6 and 7. With the series tied with 3 wins each and a tie, it set up the final 8th game, which brought Canadians together as a nation. Some felt it was the greatest moment in Canadian sport history.
With the scored tied at 5-5 , it’s the dying seconds in the game, as Henderson picks up the puck, he is in full stride going into the soviets zone, he shoots and races to the net, Tretiak stops the initial shot, but Henderson picks up the rebound and shoots…..as the replay is running in slow motion, all Canadian hockey fans can still hear Foster Hewitt’s voice………. “and Henderson has scored for Canada”
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