- Hardcover: 274 pages
- Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (Oct. 1 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155054473X
- ISBN-13: 978-1550544732
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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April 21, 2010
Yes, officially Canada won the seminal 1972 Summit Series. In actuality, this cherished central Canadian fable is based on cheating. Precisely, it was the willful intent to injure the USSR's greatest forward, Valeri Kharlamov (enshrined, by the way, in the Hockey Hall of Fame). Kharlamov was the best player in the series for the USSR. Here is the story, and it indisputably documented in this book. Canada was facing defeat after the Russians won the 5th game in Moscow (the 8-game series stood at 3-1-1...another loss and the Canadians would be mathematically eliminated from any chance at victory in the series). And little, proud Canada simply could not accept defeat in 'their game'. So what did they do? Assistant Coach and ex-Montreal Canadiens 'goon' John Ferguson asked the great Bobby Clarke to intentionally injure Kharlamov by swinging his stick down hard on No. 17's leg, resulting in breaking his ankle. To his credit, Kharlamov attempted to play on, but was obviously the 'worse for wear', and was not a factor thereafter. This is detailed in the book. The Canadians CHEATED, and ignominously and intentionally injured the opposing team's scoring leader, just because 'little Canada' couldn't bear losing this fantastic series. In that the series came down to a last minute goal, logic alone tells you that the intentional injury supplied the margin for victory. So these facts undermine the 'victory' and shows that Canada was willing to resort to criminal action in order to win. Oh, no, Canada!
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Miss Know it All - MSFS
Great book, just have to put up with some ...
November 15, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, just have to put up with some typical Don Cherry type of macho. atitude. No matter what the Soviets won the series in more ways than one.
THE DEFINATIVE BOOK
January 25, 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
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BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN AND RESEARCHED. IT SEEMS ANYONE WHO HAD AN OPINION OF THE STATE OF HOCKEY AS IT WAS IS 1972, WAS INTERVIEWED IN THIS BOOK. EASILY THE BEST HISTORICAL SPORTS BOOK I HAVE READ. I WAS BORN IN 1968 SO I HAVE NO MEMORY OF THIS SERIES, BUT SO MANY OF THE SOVIET PLAYERS WHO FIRST BECAME KNOWN FROM THE ORININAL 72 SERIES WERE ALREADY VERY WELL KNOWN AS THE SERIES TURNED INTO THE 'CANADA CUP' THAT I FOLLOWED IN 1976 AND 1980. PETROV, KHARLAMOV AND YAKUSHEV AND ALL THE EARLY RUSSSIAN PRE NHL GREATS. THE BEST PART IS THE HISTORY OF SOVIET HOCKEY AND HOW THEY CREATED THIER OWN STYLE OF PLAY DIFFERENT FROM THE NHL AND HOW THEIR INNOVATIVE TRAINING, CONDITIONING AND AGGRESSIVE OFFENSIVE ATTACKING STYLE, CONTRASTED WITH THE NHL'S 'TOUGH' DEFENSIVE GAME. RUSSIA'S GREAT AMATUERS AND CANADA'S MIGHTY PROFESSIONALS MET FINALLY IN 1972 AS THE SOVIET NATIONAL TEAM FACED THE NHL'S BEST IN AN 8 GAME EXHIBITION SERIES. THE SERIES WOULD REDEIFNE HOCKEY AND INTERNATIONAL SPORT FOR ALL TIME. THE SOVIET NATIONAL COACH AT THE TIME PREDICTED THAT ALL FUTURE HOCKEY WOULD BE A MIXTURE OF THESE TWO DIFFERING STYLES AS BOTH SIDES WOULD INFLUENCE EACH OTHER IN THE FUTURE. TRULY PROTHETIC WORDS. ANYONE WHO IS A FAN OR STUDENT OF THE GAME OF HOCKEY, THIS IS A FINE BOOK, WHICH IN GREAT DETAIL TELLS THE COMPLETE STORY, BOTH RUSSIAN AND CANADIAN OF AN ATHLETIC EVENT WHICH MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SOCIAL AND POLITICAL EVENTS CERTAINLY IN CANDAIAN HISTORY. THAT IS NO OVERSTATEMENT. THINK OF DON CHERRY WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT EUROPEAN PLAYERS. THIS WAS THE FIFST TIME CANADIAN FANS SAW EUROPEANS COMPETE WITH AND AT TIMES DOMINATE CANADIAN "BOYS" AT CANADAS GAME. AND PEOPLE BEGAN THE ARGUMENT, WHICH IS BETTER HOCKEY? GOONS OR GRACE? THE ISSUE OVER WHOSE STYLE OF PLAY IS SUPERIOR HAS POLORIZED CANADA EVER SINCE. THIS WAS A HUGE DEAL IN CANADA, AND THE BOOK TELLS IT SO WELL. IT IS BREATHLESSLY WRITTEN A MUST READ
December 20, 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
If you are a hockey fan that grew up during this era and love hockey buy this book. Its all the behind the scenes "BS" that went on during this historic international hockey event on both sides, but mostly the Russians. Read about what lumberjack Bobby Clark was ordered to do and he carried out that had an impact on the results. I could not put it down. This is a book where I read it but will never sell it.
Great book. As a young boy in Buffalo
May 1, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
Great book. As a young boy in Buffalo, I hated Phil Esposito for beating my Sabres and did not appreciate his game. I now know I had no idea how great he truly was.
August 20, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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Too few great hockey books around. This one is great.