If you weren’t around in 1972, it would be difficult to imagine the emotions experienced by Canadians during the Summit Series between Team Canada and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). This was not just an eight-game hockey tournament; this was western democracy versus the Iron Curtain.
It all came down to Game Eight. Canada won the deciding game by one goal, the Russians pressing the Canadians to the last minute. With 34 seconds left in the tied game, Paul Henderson came onto the ice replacing Peter Mahovlich. Henderson jumped on a rebound off Phil Esposito’ s shot, and the winning goal was scored. Canada won the game and the series, but just barely.
Between August 31 and October 2, 1972, Toronto Star reporters, photographers and columnists covered this historic series of 40 years ago. This book includes a selection of their articles and photographs collected from the Toronto Star archives (some images have never been seen by the public) in order to give readers today a glimpse into Canadians’ overwhelming confidence before the tournament began, the shock, dismay and anger that resulted when the team began to lose and the jubilation when the team ultimately triumphed.
Beyond this remarkable hockey moment, this collection provides readers with a glimpse into the Canadian psyche at a time when the Soviet Union was an unknown entity hidden behind the Iron Curtain.
Please note: while best efforts have been made to reproduce this archival material accurately, in some instances the original copies are in poor condition and some words may be missing.
Toronto Star journalists include:
Bob Pennington, Frank Orr,
Milt Dunnell, Alexander Ross, Jim Proudfoot, Red Burnett, Ken McKee, Jim Kernaghan, Trent Frayne, Fred Ross, Frank Lennon, Jeff Goode, Boris Spremo, Bob Olsen, Graham Bezant, Cathal Kelly