Esposito accuses Soviets of being on steroids in '72

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin greets former professional hockey player Phil Esposito in...

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin greets former professional hockey player Phil Esposito in Moscow on February 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Misha Japaridze/Pool)

Bill Sawchuk, QMI Agency

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ST. CATHARINES, ONT. - Leave it to outspoken Team Canada 72 member Phil Esposito to spice up a press conference.

Speaking by conference call at the launch of the Team Canada 72 Legacy Project Wednesday, Esposito said point blank he believes the Soviet team that played Canada in the Summit Series was on steroids.

"I was told they did steroids in those days," he said.

"I was told by a very reliable source, someone who played."

Brad Park was asked about the accusation and deadpanned, "It was a good thing they didn't test us for hops.

"They were physically strong in their upper body. They were the strongest upper body team I've ever played against. Whether they were on steroids, it's quite possible."


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Serge Savard, another member of the team talking on the conference call, disagreed.

"They (the Soviets) trained 11 months a year," he said.

"They were better prepared than we were. The break in the middle of the series allowed us to get caught up, and we should have won the last four games."

And Pat Stapleton had the last word.

"I believe Phil, but I don't know about that stuff. I was more worried about the damn puck."


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