1974 Canada/Soviet Summit
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12-31-2012, 09:36 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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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.
It is human nature to "boil over" but I suppose that is why coaches like Father David Bauer and Billy Harris tried to set an example of decorum and class. And as Billy Harris said (and I paraphrase here) when a Canadian reporter asked him how he could remain so calm when Dombrowski was obviously cheating, "If I lose my cool then I am not focusing on the game and can't coach properly. As well, I can't ask my players to be in control if I am not."
I agree it wasn't always the Canadian players. Rick Smith and Brad Selwood told me the Soviets would kick your skate laces so as to cut them. Your skates would then literally fall off. I remember also in Game 5, when Paul Shmyr (perhaps in response to Boris Mikhailov's spear on Gerry Cheevers in Game 4) nearly took Mikhailov's head off with a cross check. Valery Kharlamov then responded by cross checking Andre Lacroix in the back so hard that Lacroix was left draped over the net. Neither team were angels.
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