Team Canada 1972: Rebuild the "D"
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02-08-2014, 10:21 PM
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Gary Bergman surprised a lot of people in that series with his play. As a Red Wing fan I was right on with that. Don't think Gary had a very high opinion of the Soviets lol.
Ya, quite an interesting life, player was Bergie. Led his Winnipeg Junior club to the Memorial Cup back in the day, and was actually a bit of a rushing defenceman, great wheels, notching some serious points. Was Montreal property late 50's through early 60's when they were riding high so he was down the depth charts in the minors for 4yrs. Detroit grabbed him in the intra-league Draft & he stuck.
Funny story about how in the summer of 1970 he's at home doing whatever, door bell rings, its Ned Harkness, new Coach of the Wings just dropping by unannounced & uninvited. Comes in to talk hockey, proceeds to rearrange all of the furniture in the Bergmans living room in illustrating how he plans to Coach. That chair a Winger, the couch a Defenceman & so on and the Mrs. there having kinipshin fits. House ripped apart.
Bergman said in later years he "knew we were in a lot of trouble that afternoon". Harkness of course the first College Coach to be hired after successes at RPI & Cornell, though why Bruce Norris ever fired Bill Gadsby earlier no idea. Gadsby said there was a large glass of scotch in front of Norris when it went down, no surprise there of course. Detroit didnt recover from the Darkness that was Harkness for over a decade, ownership change, Yzermans arrival.
Gary Bergmans selection to Team Canada was certainly surprising and he did exceed expectations considerably according to Sinden. Picked because he was reliable, steady, a character guy. Didnt go looking for trouble but didnt back away from it either. Dont know exactly what Mikhailov was thinking or doing, but it was he that kicked Gary Bergman quite deliberately with his skate cutting him open. Very nasty. Mikhailov was in many ways the leader of that team much as Esposito was to Canada, just a lot less flamboyant than Phil.
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