Soviet star player Yevgeni Zimin, a multiple-Gold medal winner at both the World Championships and Olympic Games, passed away today of a heart attack at the age of 71.
The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2018 on 12 November, with a pair of Canadian Martins (Brodeur and St-Louis), Alexander Yakushev and Jayna Hefford entering the players wing of the Hall, bringing their professional and international accolades (along with their International Hockey Lineal Championship reigns) to Toronto.
From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series finale, we look back on perhaps the most influential goal in international hockey history, Paul Henderson’s series-winning tally past Vladislav Tretyak.
Game eight of the Summit Series was maybe the most important hockey game ever played. It was the climax of the greatest series ever played, Canada versus the Soviet Union. It was a series that pitted the professionals of Canada against the “amateurs” of the Soviet Union. It matched Canadian-style hockey with Soviet-style.
Most important, it was a battle between lifestyles, values and two vastly different political systems.
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From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, we feature the opening game of the tournament, a stunning Soviet victory in Montréal.
The withdrawal of Canada from international hockey in 1970 was the result of an increasingly bitter feud between that country and other top European countries, notably the Soviet Union. Canada had long believed that Iron Curtain countries used professional players in World Championship and Olympic competition because their players did nothing but play hockey eleven months of the year.
The withdrawal, though, did have one benefit—it produced the Summit Series in September 1972, an eight-game showdown between Canada’s professionals from the NHL and the best from the Soviet Union (essentially their World Championship / Olympic team).
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Former NHL star Bill White, a key defender both in his 17 year pro career and with Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series, has died in his hometown of Toronto at the age of 77.
Former NHL star J.P. Parisé, who rose to notoriety as a member of Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series, has died after a year-long battle with lung cancer at the age of 73.
The hockey world has lost another giant, as reports today confirmed that Montréal Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau has died at the age of 83.
07:57 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Webster, roughing
13:08 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Yakushev, tripping
13:47 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Backstrom (Tremblay, Hull)
15:26 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Tiurin, holding
18:21 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Hamilton, elbowing
00:34 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Mikhailov (Kharlamov)
00:53 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Marty Howe, elbowing
02:43 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Vasiliev
15:56 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Houle (Shmyr)
15:38 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Smith, cross checking
16:38 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Tardif, 10 min. misconduct