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The trip was part of a deal between the CAHA and the Soviets: The Soviet National Team had toured Canada for the first time in Nov-Dec 1957 and in return the CAHA selected Kelowna Packers, runners-up in the 1958 Allan Cup, to visit Moscow that November. Fan interest on both side of the Atlantic was enormous: The visit of the Soviets in 1957 had earned the CAHA a profit of $22,231 (for comparison: the 1958 Allan and Memorial Cup playoffs earned the CAHA a $10,790 profit) and in 1958 the Packers attracted immense crowds in Stockholm (17,000) as well as in Moscow (14,000). The CAHA was already set on bringing the Soviets back to Canada next winter and indeed, the "Moscow Selects" were to come over in January 1960.

Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Note, not all November 1958 issues of the Montreal Gazette are available
Fortunately other papers are available.

Nov 17 CP report in the Calgary Herald:

Nov 19 AP report in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix:

Nov 19 CP report in the Ottawa Citizen:

Video footage of the third Moscow Game (Kelowna vs Dinamo Moscow):

The Packers are wearing "Canada" sweaters.

They were accompanied to Moscow by NHL Legend Fred 'Cyclone' Taylor whose account of the Soviets was published in the Hockey News the following month:

Cyclone Taylor
If the Russians could finish off their plays around the net, there's no telling how many goals they would get. Their skating, passing and fine, clean play have been a revelation to me... If they are successful in picking up a loose puck in the center zone, they are two or three strides ahead of our fellows right away. Of course, they skate fearlessly in that middle zone, because there is no body checking there under international rules. Our fellows are hesitant because their training has been that they can be nailed with a body check there under Canadian rules.

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