1974 Canada/Soviet Summit
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12-30-2012, 09:54 PM
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I watched that series and while I agree that our players were not "thugs" they were rougher than Europeans were used to.
I wouldn't say shrieking" at refs, and throwing chairs onto the ice was "manning up." That was the work of an immature child. Compare the reactions of Sinden to Billy Harris in 1974 when Dombrowski openly cheated during Game 6 or Father David Bauer in the 1964 Olympics when a Swedish player fired a broken stick into the Canadian bench cutting Father Dave's face open. The way Harris and Father Dave reacted (outlined in detail in my book "The Forgotten Summit) was the reaction of mature men.
Looking at the 74 Summit (which after all this thread is about) Team Canada, though playing for a coach who wanted his players to act like true gentlemen and sportsmen, we were at times very nasty. In Game 5 Canadian announcers Don Chevrier and Howie Meeker exclaimed "in horror" at the stick work of both teams. These Canadian announcers hammered both teams for their vicious stick work. At the end of Game 6 Rick Ley beat Valery Kharlamov to a bloody pulp. That was assault plain and simple. And in Game 7 Andre Lacroix viciously speared Vladimir Petrov in the groin behind the Soviet net. Lacroix was known for his stick work and got nailed in Prague during Team Canada 74's 3-1 loss to the Czechs for another spear.
Thats all fair. The last thing I wanted to do was derail the thread from the 74 Summit Series but the context of the convo just sort of evolved into including the 72 series into the discussion.
I fully agree and appreciate your original post about 74 being the forgotten series. But hey, at least this thread is still going almost a full 4 years after it was started!
In retrospect I guess the term 'manning up' wasn't the best one I could have used but my point was that at some point a player/mans frustration will boil over and a reaction happens. When someone is getting jobbed over and over it's human to have emotions. Either that or one just bends over and takes it. The key here is how you state that both Don Chevrier and Howie Meeker exclaimed "in horror" at the stick work of
teams. Very seldom, if ever, do we hear about the dirty antics of the Soviets and it's always Canada that is portrayed as the bad guy. The reality is they weren't.
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