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06-26-2013, 10:03 AM
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Post 1972 Summit Series news and Reviews

Right after the 1972 Summit Series, a number of ideas and concepts were tossed around in an effort to build on the success of the event.

A three game Soviet tour of NHL cities seemed certain for early 1973:



Dink Carroll offers opinions:


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06-26-2013, 09:52 PM
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Interesting snapshot of the past circa 72 just post the Summit Series, Eagleson there ruffling his feathers and building his nest. Couple of shots at Clarence Campbell & the CAHA in anticipation of what Dink Carroll alludes to, a coming storm between the NHL, the CAHA & the NHLPA. Interesting to note as well that Eagleson even then, flushed from the success of the Summit Series is thinking expansively. That he'll resign as Executive Director of the still fledgling NHLPA and head up a bi-annual Summit "like" Series. His idea being that a Boston or Montreal be supplemented with top talent from other teams, without bothering to address who "the Mahovlich Boys" et al might be displacing on the Bruins, Philly or whomever.

You can read into those comments much of the man, between the lines included in crystalline fashion knowing what we know today as to how he managed to manipulate & insinuate his way into the game with the Canada Cups that followed. In October, November & December 72, schemes hatched and once envisioned all but done. "Games played in Montreal & Toronto". Essentially, usurping the pre-eminence of NHL play as the best on the planet with his own little fiefdom of Soviet Red Army vs Team Canada at Maple Leaf Gardens and the Montreal Forum, maybe a game or two in Boston, New York, Chicago. All the 06 hotspots, prime markets. Aint life grand? Access to the best players, best markets, the USSR in his pocket with bribes & payoffs, kickbacks & gifts. Bill Watters and guys like Rick Curran working his agency but being paid by Hockey Canada, AL there only paying them 50% of what he's charging Hockey Canada for their services. In charge of Insurance. Another scam. Sponsorships. On & on & on...

As for the hockey side of the articles, ya, "dump n' chase" was the name of the game alrighty, but for Montreal and a few of the top lines elsewhere. "Tic Tac Toe" as it was referred to, puck control, carrying it in as opposed to just firing it in, like Neanderthals, everyone just making sure they were on side before that happened. No real artistry. Just get in there, hit, dig, slot or point, zone offence, Left, Right, Centre. The Russian game, puck control, carrying it in, Tarasov with his philosophy of executing 50%+ more passes than the opponent, as with possession you dictate pace, exhausting the North American player who is accustomed to playing the Lanes, dump n' chase, a far less creative, less intelligent way to go about playing the game. So sure, good points, observations made by all....

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