A Series of hurdles

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

Viacheslav Tretiak is trying to get Canada and Russia to climb to hockey's summit again.

But the Russian hockey great's idea seems to be having trouble getting out of base camp.

Tretiak has been in Ottawa the last couple of days trying to drum up support for another meeting between Canada and Russia's top players at the end of this summer, the 35th anniversary of the first Summit Series.

The idea, however, was met with a lukewarm response in the Senators' dressing room yesterday.

"I don't think it will hold the same aura," said Senators defenceman Wade Redden, a frequent member of recent Team Canadas.

"I don't think you can duplicate that and I don't think you'd even want to try to even do that.

"The game has changed so much now. That (series) basically opened the door to playing European teams."

Senators winger Oleg Saprykin, who chatted with Tretiak in the hallway outside the Senators gym after the Senators game with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, said he knows of the series after hearing family members talk about it.

"I think it's a great idea," he said. "It was a great series, great hockey and a great atmosphere. I think it would be great to see that happen. Everybody would be interested to play, Russians and Canadians."

Tretiak's idea faces several hurdles, not the least of which it requires NHLPA approval and the players' association right now can't even decide what to have for lunch.

"I would like to see a new generation of Russians and Canadians to see new games -- not only to remember it but to see a new Summit Series," Tretiak said, in halting English, yesterday at the Russian Embassy.


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