Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/22/07 at 09:49 AM ET
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.
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