Canada better be ready for a fired-up Russian team in the Olympic men's hockey tournmanet in Sochi, Don Cherry says.
On his Hockey Night In Canada soapbox Saturday night, Cherry suggested Russians still seethe over the 1972 Summit Series loss -- and that kind of national passion will motivate Alexander Ovechkin & Co. against the Canadians.
“I’m telling you guys out there, you better be ready. This is going to be payback time,” said Cherry, broadcasting from the Russian host city.
“They would love to beat Canada maybe more than win gold. You better be ready because they're going to be ready.”
Those seeking Russian motivation may not have to harken back as far as ‘72. Just four years ago at the Vancouver Games, Canada humiliated Russia 7-3 in the quarterfinals en route to a gold medal win.