39 Years Ago Today

How time flies.

39 years ago today, Paul Henderson scored with 34 seconds remaining in game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series, and a nation cheered. I know I did.

I saw this game by myself, in my little apartment in Sudbury, and I celebrated like so many other Canadians as the boys pulled it out when it looked like they wouldn’t.

But I don’t want to get into this too deeply. It’s only the 39th anniversary. Next year, the 40th, I might do something a bit bigger.

I paid $200 several years ago for the ticket you see below, and it’s worth more than $2000 now. It’s from game 8, the Henderson goal night.

Did you know that the Soviet players who weren’t dressed for this game at Luzhniki in Moscow weren’t allowed in unless they had a ticket. So several didn’t see it.

20 thoughts on “39 Years Ago Today”

  1. I taught that afternoon but kept track of the scores somehow. I ran down to the staffroom in time to see Cournoyer’s and Henderson’s goals. So, I guess I witnessed the best part, at least.

  2. Dennis, here is a highlight video of Game 8 of the Summit Series which includes commentary from some of the stars.

    Paul Henderson’s goal is at around the 7:30 mark…

  3. You saw some big moments for sure, AC. I was a bartender and traded all my shifts but one so I could see 7 of 8 games. I had to work during game 4 (Vancouver game) but there was a TV so I sort of saw it when I wasn’t mixing drinks, pouring draught, and listening to drunks.

  4. Thanks, Danno. Yakushev, who you see score the first goal, was probably the Soviet’s best player in the series but over the years has taken a back seat to Kharlamov and Tretiak. Yakushev was a great player. That team was amazing. We had no idea.

  5. still brings a tear to my eye………………………. speaking of mixing drinks, i’ll have 2 of whatever foster was drinking……. to his credit tho by the end of the series he learned how to pronounce corn-oiy-yer.

  6. I love that huge ice surface. I wish the NHL would have the big rinks like that. It makes the North American game look like Hockey Lite.

  7. Me too, Danno. The skating and passing and wonderful playmaking on that big ice surface was magical. Players are bigger now in the NHL but the rink stays the same.

  8. Hobo and I and a couple of other people were living in a house in downtown Toronto and when we weren’t up all night singing and drinking beer, I was going to bartenders school. When I got my bartender papers, the school found me a job in Sudbury. So I moved up there, and Hobo and the others went their separate ways afterward. That’s how I ended up in Sudbury for the 1972 Summit Series.

  9. I can’t wait to hear how Don Cherry mangles Mika Zibanejad’s name up. He’s a rookie centre with the Senators and is having a terrific training camp scoring his third pre-season goal against the Leafs last night.

    He was born and raised in Sweden. His father is from Iran and his mother is from Finland.

    That being the case, Cherry won’t even try to pronounce Mika Zibanejad’s name properly. He will just make something up and act as if it’s real funny.

  10. Right, Danno. Cherry will mangle it and turn it into a joke. These names should be taken seriously. Their parents and relatives are watching with pride and the names should be correct.

  11. it is important for one to take the time to learn to pronounce someones name how said person themselves pronounce it. that is why i am so thankful to luciena and dennis for our little lesson on yemelin a while back. it only takes a minute of ones time and if you don’t know, ask………….. i’m always afraid to say plekanec so what is the proper way to pronounce his name?

  12. Hobo, the thing about Plekanec is do we emphasize the “Plek” or the “Kan.” We say it as Plek-an-is but whether or not is proper I don’t know. As far as Yemelin goes, Pierre Houde on RDS says it wrong. Like I said in my story, it’s Ye-MEL-in. But it’s never going to be said that way so I guess we should all give up and say it the way everyone in North America has decided it should be said.

  13. Pierre Houde is very good at getting the names right so you can pretty much set your watch by him. He’s not someone like Cherry who can’t even pronounce (or remember) have the names out there.

    I didn’t see this series “live” but I know it’s something I would have loved.

  14. Darth, my wife says Houde pronounces Russian names better than anyone. She says the French are able to better than the English. But having said that, he’s not saying Yemelin’s name exactly right.

  15. Hey Dennis

    1.My brother and I caught a few games of the 1991 Canada Cup.Czechs vs Sweden at Maple Leaf Gardens and USA vs Finland at Copps Coliseum.Highlight or lowlight was a few drunken Finns attempting to light an American flag.The flag was luckily rescued by some Canadian fans.

    2.Some tickets for the 1972 Summit Series were part of a lotto.I put in my application.That summer I was working at Cominco’s Warfield Plant just up the hill from Trail.In August I received a redirected envelope from my Powell River address stating I had the right to purchase two tickets to Canada vs Russia at the Pacific Coliseum.I received the redirected letter on a Thursday and had to purchase the tickets by 5:30 pm the following day!I called my boss to get Friday off and that I would work on Sunday.

    So up early … got in the 1960 Volkswagen … off to Vancouver.Actually got the bug up to 90mph coming down the long hill into Chilliwack.Got to VTC on Georgia around 3pm.Bought tickets.Back in bug.Back in Trail just after midnight.In time for a few beers at the Terra Nova Pub.Not bad Trail – Vancouver – Trail(over 800 miles) in the one day.Around 16 hours of driving.

    And a buddy and I caught the debacle in Montreal at a pub in Hope on the way back to Vancouver after the summer job was over.

    And I think I booed.Sorry Phil.

    3.Also caught World Cup game at GM Place in 1996.



    Go! Kings! Go!

  16. Great story, Doug. What I want to know is, have we met? Do I know you? Are you the same Doug who used to come in to Kane’s and we’d chat?

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