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02-22-2013, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
Ah, right. It is mentioned in Phil Esposito's book that in a meeting sometime during the 1980s when they were talking about Russian teams playing NHL teams again that Ballard said "As long as there is a hole in my a**" he would never allow Russians at Maple Leaf Gardens. Yes, it was Ballard for sure.
I never understood why he allowed the use of the MLG for the one of the Canada Cups (1976?) but none of the others. I also found a game on YouTube with the Moscow Selects playing the Marlies in MLG for a friendly game in 1972. Was Ballard in jail by then?

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