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Covering The Summit Series In The US

from Stan Fischler's Bluelines at The Hockey News,

New York Times hockey writer Gerald Eskenazi covered the 1972 Summit Series. In his following piece, he explains how different the American reaction was to the tournament. Our George Grimm reached Jerry and offers the following insights:

It's hard to believe in this technology-laden age of 24-Hour sports coverage, but 50 years ago when Canada faced off against Russia in the Summit Series, the games were not initially scheduled to be broadcast in the United States.

None of the major networks were interested, including NBC which was about to embark on its “Peter Puck” era of hockey coverage.

“The interest in hockey in the United States in two neutral teams was not enough to galvanize the networks or the fans," recalls Eskenazi. “The only people in the US who saw it over regular television were those living near the Canadian border, where they could pick up the Canadian station. So that gave WNET-13, the public broadcasting system in New York, a chance to show it. It also helped that the president of the network was a hockey fan. They used it as a fund-raiser and at the time it became the highest rated show in their history.”

Eskenazi, author of “A Year on Ice,” as well as many books on hockey, football, and baseball, was in Toronto covering the Summit series, when he was called back to New York to serve as an in-studio host for the broadcasts. Since 13 of the NHL’s 16 teams that season were based in the United States, Jerry thought that the league missed a chance to continue to sell the sport in America via network telecasts in America.

“It would have been a great opportunity, but again this was not something that Americans could relate to if they weren’t hockey fans. We had no concept of what the series meant to Canadians.

more and many more hockey notes....

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Team USA Wins The International Para Hockey Cup Championship

OSTRAVA, Czechia – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored twice and tallied an assist, while Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) each added a goal, to help the U.S. National Sled Team to a 4-0 victory over Canada here today in the International Para Hockey Cup championship game at RT Torax Arena. 

“It’s a great tournament win for us and real nice way to start the season,” said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team. “I thought we played a real solid game from start to finish. Czechia put on a great event and we’re thrilled to win the IPH Cup.”

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Review Of The Summit Series

via TSN,

If you're of a certain generation, you know exactly where you were on September 28, 1972. And even if you were born decades later, you surely know what happened that day in Moscow and how one exhibition series changes hockey forever. The Summit Series, from 50 years on.

Watch at TSN, 11 minutes long

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Video- Border Town Alert - 1972 Summit Series

 via CBC,

The 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series of Hockey changed hockey forever, playing out dramas of national identity, pride, politics, and ideology while the world watched, enraptured, during the Cold War.

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the series, Summit 72 will premiere on Wednesday, Sept 14 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem. As the only documentary series sanctioned and supported by 1972 Team Canada players, Summit 72 will have unrestricted access to the official game tapes and a trove of archival footage.

This series will tell the definitive story of the legendary 1972 eight-game 'Super Summit' through a modern lens, and explore its legacy and lasting influence on Canadian national identity, framing it against the political and cultural climate of the times in both countries, and around the world. The series will also explore how Canada and its relationship to hockey has changed since then, and what seeds of change were made visible in this clash of cultures. 

With never-before-seen 16mm archival footage restored in stunning 4k, and exclusive interviews with key players, Summit 72 will bring an unforgettable moment in Canadian history to life on screen as never seen before. Audiences will relive — or experience for the first time — the adrenaline-fuelled, edge-of-your-seat drama of one of the most monumental cultural proxy battles of the Cold War, and trace its many reverberations in the zeitgeist right up to the present day.

Watch a preview below.

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Women’s World Championship Quarterfinal Games Today

Japan/Switzerland 6am ET TSN

Hungary/USA 10am ET NHL Network and TSN

Czechia/Finland 11:30am ET TSN.ca TSN App

Sweden/Canada 2pm ET NHL Network and TSN

Semifinals are on Saturday at 8am and 12pm

Championship game is on Sunday at 1:30pm

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Mickey Redmond On The Summit Series

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Longtime Detroit Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond called it the “Mother of all series.”

Few in the hockey world would disagree. Friday is the 50th anniversary of the start of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. The epic eight-game tournament has been chronicled in numerous books, articles and documentaries over the past five decades.

This was more than a competition between differing hockey styles, it was a clash of political ideologies and cultures....

“The cultural differences between the two countries was huge, unlike today in a lot of ways,” Redmond, 74, said. “It’s a different world between Russia and the United States/Canada than it was in 1972. It was pure communism and freedom, I guess. It was very special and important and critical that we defend our country on the ice as best we could.”

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Peter Forsberg Wants More Cooperation From NHL Teams For The WJC

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg is in favor of seeing sweeping changes to the format of the World Junior tournament. Forsberg is vice chairman of the Swedish Hockey Association.

Pointing to the absence of key players from the Swedish team, including Detroit Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond, Forsberg told Gunnar Nordstrom of Expressen.se that he would prefer seeing more cooperation from NHL teams when it comes to stocking World Junior rosters.

“I want the NHL to release the best junior players,” Forsberg told Nordstrom. “It would be good for world junior hockey and would raise the status of the tournament even more,”


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Video- Ken Dryden On The 1972 Summit Series

from Global News,

Hockey legend Ken Dryden reflects on the historic 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. The Hall of Famer recounts the iconic game and how it changed hockey history forever in his new book 'The Series'.

continue for the video or watc below.

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World Cup Of Hockey Talk

from Dan Rosin of the NHL website,

PARIS -- The NHL and NHL Players' Association are moving forward with plans for a World Cup of Hockey in 2024, targeting a 17-day window in February to hold the tournament.

The World Cup of Hockey was last played in 2016, when all games were played in Toronto. There were also tournaments in 1996 and 2004.

"We're moving full steam ahead and that means we're continuing to have regular meetings," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Wednesday during the NHL's European Player Media Tour.

The 2024 tournament will feature at least eight national teams, with games played in North America and Europe, Daly said.

Meetings with the NHLPA and Luc Tardif, the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, to discuss the World Cup were part of the trip to Paris.

"We're out in market already moving ahead with plans for a February 2024 World Cup," Daly said. "We're still on schedule."


Check out some portraits of NHL players in Paris.

added 8:57pm, Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek sat down with Bill Daly, watch below.

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Canada Wins WJC Gold

from the CP at TSN,

It took until the late stages of Saturday’s gold-medal game, but Canada finally faced adversity at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

After blowing a two-goal lead to the Finns, Kent Johnson came to the rescue. At 3:20 of overtime, Johnson tucked home the rebound from his own shot to give Canada a 3-2 win and the gold medal.

Coming into the third, Canada held a 2-0 lead, but the Finns roared back to tie the game in front of 13,327 fans at Rogers Place. After being credited with just 13 shots over the first two periods, the Finns launched 17 shots on net in the third, and got goals from Aleksi Heimosalmi and Joakim Kemell to send the game to overtime.

The Canadians had plenty of chances to bury the Finns, but went 0-for-6 on the power play in regulation.


Below, watch how close Finland wsa to winnng the game on OT plus the actual GWG.

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