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Would you like to see a new Summit Series?
Wed, March 28, 2007

OTTAWA (CP) - Legendary Russian goaltender Vladislav Tretiak is spearheading a proposal to stage a repeat of hockey's 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia.

Tretiak says he has the support of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the series to take place in August.

Hockey Canada also likes the idea but Tretiak says a dispute between the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and the National Hockey League over player contracts needs to be resolved before negotiations can proceed further.

The 35th anniversary series would follow the format of the original thriller, going eight games, with four in Canada and four in Russia.



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Not a bad idea...but times have changed.

What about a four-team series: Canada, U.S., Europe and Russia? Now that would be, imho, an opportunity for some interesting nationalism.
mark, 2007-03-29 12:38:46

Canada must accept this challenge from Russia. A champ is only a champ so long as challenges to the title are accepted and reaffirmed.
Chris, 2007-03-28 23:10:20

I watched every second of every game in 1972. The mood in the country was electric.Most fans who watched Game 8 can remember where they were when Paul Henderson scored THAT goal.

But I do not want to see a second series. The 1972 series was between two entirely different political ideologies and between two teams who were unknown to each others in terms of skills. Now the Soviets have embraced capitalism and we know all about their best players. It would not be the same and would probably detract from the memories of the first series. It would be another Woodstock II.
Terry Van Oerle, 2007-03-28 21:10:15

I think Tretiak believes that, between '72 and today, the skill gap between the Russian players and the Canadian players has widened. I think it would be difficult to argue that point.

We'd be just as surprised at how close the result would be today as it was in '72.
S, 2007-03-28 19:49:18

No, I don't think another 'summit series' is a good idea. Times have changed and so has world hockey. Canada and Russia are no longer the 'super powers' of hockey - we have a world championship which includes the US, Sweden, Finland and the Czechs - all good teams and could give the Russians and us a run for the money any time - as they have in the last little while. The summit was special - leave it as such.
peter, 2007-03-28 18:36:12

The'72 Series was the best thing that has ever happened to hockey. Both countries learned a lot, and gained a great deal of respect for each other. Hell, it would seem we have even become good friends. I would love to see it done again.
Roy, 2007-03-28 18:10:07

Bring back the players from 72 and it would be more exciting than having these overpaid athletes play. its all business now.
gary, 2007-03-28 18:06:31

Complete waste of time. Its a business now, it wasn't back then. Besides, our game has become "Russionized".
gary, 2007-03-28 18:02:47

bring it on!...kick some ass again
Moe, 2007-03-28 17:47:32

No. In 1972 there were no Russians in the NHL. The USSR was still in place. It was a battle of systems and that has long since worn off. All it would be is a 2-team watering down of the Olympics. Besides, both the Swedes and Czechs are better these days.
George O'Leary, 2007-03-28 17:11:23

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