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02-27-2013, 12:05 PM
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One example that cannot be overlooked and was huge for Canadians was 1955.

That year the Penticton Vees represented Canada in the World Championships played in Krefeld West Germany. This followed the debacle (for Canadians) of 1954 when the Soviet Union in their first ever appearance in the World Championships stunned the world by blasting Canada 7-2 in the Gold Medal game. That loss to the Soviets was on par to our loss to the Soviets in Game 1 of 1972. Canada was simply stunned. And add in 1954 was also the Cold War and, well, Canadians were also livid.

The pressure on the Vees in 1955 to restore Canada’s honor was massive. Foster Hewitt missed his first Hockey Night in Canada broadcast in over 20 years to travel to Krefeld and broadcast the Canada/Soviet game live back to Canada. Every major media organization in Canada covered the Vees. And when Penticton beat the Soviets 5-0 for the Gold Medal there was a massive outpouring of joy across Canada.

I go through all of this, as well as trials and tribulations of such great Canadian teams as the Whitby Dunlops, Trail Smoke Eaters, Father David Bauer’s “Nats,” etc., in my book “The Forgotten Summit.” It is important to note that 1972 wasn’t the beginning of international hockey for Canada.

Craig Wallace

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