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1958 C.A.H.A. Approves First Tour of the Soviet Union

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1958 C.A.H.A. Approves First Tour of the Soviet Union

During the 1958 annual C.A.H.A meeting the Kelowna Packers were selected as the first Canadian team to tour the Soviet Union:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5147%2C4113319

problems on the way to Europe. Note how the C.A.H.A is distancing themselves from the team:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4066%2C1392782

Sweden
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2587%2C1725508

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4960%2C2435062

Moscow
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5508%2C4297725

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5414%2C4617969


Note, not all November 1958 issues of the Montreal Gazette are available but the last article carries a summary of the trip.

Moscow postscript:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2719%2C5004755


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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.

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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:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5252%2C3678383

Nov 19 AP report in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3516%2C2691389

Nov 19 CP report in the Ottawa Citizen:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3868%2C4542172

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:

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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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A hell of a footage!

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The Packers are wearing "Canada"....
Thats awesome footage there Theo.
Where on Earth did you source it from?...

Thanks for posting...

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Thats awesome footage there Theo.
Where on Earth did you source it from?...
There are a lot of gems hidden on Youtube.
For example the 1947 footage I added to the "1948 Czechoslovakian Tour of the USSR" Thread. Post #10.

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Thank You

Theo, thank you for filling in the gaps. Working on another sport project centered in Montreal so do not have the time to check other sources.

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There are a lot of gems hidden on Youtube.
I had no idea youtube had such an extensive collection, but sure, I guess people just keep adding snippets of whatever by the 1000 almost by the hour worldwide. Though the film quality isnt the greatest, there are some really decent players out there, and of course seeing them in next to no equipment at all, just sticks & skates really, pretty aggressive play. Charming settings, happy smiling people, natural ice, "make do" approach & improvise, thats really what the game was all about here in Canada as well before money corrupted everything at the organized levels. I grew up "making do" though we werent poor, it was just the way my parents having been brought up during the Great Depression themselves felt kids should be engaged in play, sports. Its not about having the best equipment, its about being thankful that you can play at all, do your best & enjoy, have fun. And clearly the people in those films are doing just that and doing it very well indeed, with grace, humour & honour.

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Though the film quality isnt the greatest, there are some really decent players out there
Some interesting names: Jack Lancien, who had some NHL experience, Jim Middleton, who won the 1955 World Championship with the Penticton Vs, goaltender Dave Gatherum who played 3 games for the Detroit Red Wings when Terry Sawchuk was injured in 1953. And on the side of Dinamo Moscow a certain Viktor Tikhonov...

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and of course seeing them in next to no equipment at all, just sticks & skates really, pretty aggressive play. Charming settings, happy smiling people, natural ice, "make do" approach & improvise
At the same time the improvement from what the 1947 footage shows to the level the 1958 video displays is impressive. Equipment and facilities have advanced as if a couple of decades had passed.


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At the same time the improvement from what the 1947 footage shows to the level the 1958 video displays is impressive. Equipment and facilities have advanced as if a couple of decades had passed.
Yes it certainly is.... Im wondering when helmets were widely used, whether it was voluntary or mandated by the Soviet hockey authorities or perhaps the IIHF. Early 60's perhaps?... also, wonder where they sourced their equipment, domestic manufacturers or from places like Finland, Sweden or Canada/US perhaps? What brands, makers. That'd be really interesting to find out. I know the Europeans were ahead of North Americans in terms of helmet construction & design using plastics starting in the mid-50's, but no idea about things like sticks (how long has Koho been around?), skates, gloves, goalie equipment etc.

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Yes it certainly is.... Im wondering when helmets were widely used, whether it was voluntary or mandated by the Soviet hockey authorities or perhaps the IIHF. Early 60's perhaps?
In the 1968 Olympics there were Canadians playing without helmets. When Canada returned in 1977, helmets were mandatory

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