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01-06-2013, 07:19 PM
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ottsabrefan
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Originally Posted by Chainshot View Post
You're thinking of this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punch-up_in_Piestany

1986 Hamilton hosted the tournament and it was broadcast across Canada. That seemed to get the ball rolling -- that and so much of Canadian national pride could be on display as being the best at something year upon year, especially while they were in the midst of a serious Olympic gold drought (lack of pro availability killed them most years).
Funny that Brendan Shanahan was on that team! Oh the irony.

1987 was also the Canada Cup, which really got people pumped for cheering on Canada, albeit on a different level. To me it still feels like it was '91 in Saskatoon followed by 5 golds in a row (people like winners!) including the Red Deer team during the lockout that rolled over everyone.

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