Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
But every time a new great game comes along, that New Year’s Eve game has managed to remain “The Greatest Hockey Game Ever Played” point of reference.
And the New Year’s Eve game in the Montreal Forum in 1975 still has a phenomenal “I was there” value. So if I have to pick a game, as was the assignment for this series, why not claim this game?...
Outside the Forum, scalpers were asking $150 for a pair of tickets an hour before game time. That was an insane amount of money to pay to go to a game at the time. Those of the standing room-stuffed crowd of 18,975 who paid that kind of money had no complaints.
What made this game great was that, in the end, it turned out to be about the glory of the game. Hockey that night, in the building which was the cathedral of the sport, was, with apologies to the Brazilians and soccer, The Beautiful Game.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Soviet’s Central Red Army ended up in a 3-3 tie.
from The Ice Hole at the Province,
I was off to the Intourist, the source of so many stories from 1972, the home for Team Canada then and their ghosts now.
It’s where the players were allegedly fed crow and horse steaks.
There had to be someone still there from 1972, someone who remembered the Canadians, someone who could confirm or officially kill one of hockey’s greatest urban legends.
The Intourist was a 22-story glass, aluminum, and concrete cell-like hotel that was the brainchild of Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev, who envisioned it like a skyscraper he saw in Manhattan (yeah, that was a swing and a miss Kruschev).
From Spector at his FoxSports blog today:
Thirty-five years ago this September, the greatest international series in hockey history took place when a group of Canadian NHL stars faced off against the elite players from the then-Soviet Union.
This year, starting August 27th and running until September 9th the best under-20 junior players from Canada and Russia will face off in their own eight game series.
The 1972 Summit Series was a seminal event in Canadian hockey history. Its reinvention in the form of the Super Series promises excellent entertainment, despite having little chance of carrying the same historical importance. As Future Considerations noted recently, “this is not your Daddy’s summit series.” Quite true, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some resources to check out for the upcoming games.
from the Toronto Sun,
Ron Ellis had a special speaking engagement yesterday afternoon and the former NHL player knew exactly what he was going to say.
Ellis, who wore Canada’s colours in the 1972 Summit Series against Russia, was scheduled to address the Canadian juniors yesterday afternoon before the team departed for Moscow. The times have changed, but for Ellis, the message he was given nearly four decades ago remains the same.
“Back then it was the big bad Russians, communism versus our way of life, and now a number of Russian kids play in the (Canadian Hockey League and NHL),” Ellis said. “These are all top players and goal-scorers, and somebody is going to have to do some backchecking. That’s what happened with our club. We had to take on different roles.
from the Jerusalem Post,
The USA won the final of the weeklong Jewish World Ice Hockey Championship on Friday, defeating Israel by a slender 2-1 margin at the Canada Center in Metulla.
Earlier Friday, Canada swept to a 4-1 win over France in the third place playoff.
A few days ago, Bill Melzer at NHL.com took a look at this tournament…
People who are unfamiliar with Israeli hockey are often shocked to learn that the sport even exists in the Middle Eastern country, much less the fact that Israel is a year removed from its first appearance at the IIHF’s Division I level, one step below the elites. Generally, the Israeli senior national team plays at the Division II level, which is the international gateway between semi-pro and amateur caliber play.
thanks to a KK reader for pointiong out the first story…
Roman of eNHL.cz passed on some information to me this morning regarding Ziggy Palffy. He has signed a 1yr contract to play with Skalica.
This from Palffy, “I am really glad I signed contract in my hometown. I owe too much to Skalica and I want to help this team to be at the top of Slovakian league.”
Palffy welcomed a baby in January, and will be playing in a very comfortable environment. He wants to get back into game shape again and has not ruled out a return to the NHL.
added 4:37pm, from AFP via Yahoo,
Veteran Slovakia winger Zigmund Palffy, who played in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings, said on Thursday that he has reversed his decision to retire.
The 35-year-old has signed a one-year deal with Slovakian side Skalica.
“I hope I’ll be OK,” said Palffy who quit in 2006 because of a shoulder injury.
Sunday afternoon in July, if you are reading KK you must be hockey hungry.
A KK member pointed out and translated this CBC story and the translation follows…
from Rob Brodie of the Ottawa Sun,
Here ‘‘Rudy’’ is again this week, heading up the Czech Republic delegation at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
It’s a tournament that has captured the imagination of this country like no soccer event before it.
But Bata, a jovial 80-year-old from Prague, knows full well which game will always tug at heartstrings here more than any other. He saw it firsthand 35 years ago, playing a not so bit part in what still remains one of the great moments in Canadian sports history.
Bata was one of two officials on the ice in Moscow on that September day in 1972, when Paul Henderson’s goal allowed Canada to triumph in the final game of the famed 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union.
read on for some memories…
by George James Malik
I spotted a familiar author’s name while looking at Sport-Express.ru’s hockey page. Igor Larin, who’s basically Russia’s Garrioch, Brooks, and Cox combined, wrote an article suggesting that the Russians have “won” the battle to keep their mid-range players from the clutches of the mean and dirty NHL by not signing a transfer agreement, as proven in the draft, and Larin (who’s such a proponent of the Superleague’s superiority to the NHL that it’s not funny) made some more interesting suggestions.
The bloggers that were sent over to Moscow by the Washington Capitals to cover the WC did a fantastic job and I enjoyed following along with them.
Hopefully they have set a standard that others will follow.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at email@example.com