A Few ’72 Tidbits

Team Canada had a six-hour stopover in Paris on the way to Stockholm, and goalie Ed Johnston said this about the beautiful old city: “What’s wrong is the same thing you find with all these European cities. Too many old buildings.”

While in Stockholm, a Swedish fellow at the press conference mentioned that maybe Bobby Orr, who was injured and didn’t play in the series, wasn’t as good as Russian Valeri Kharlamov. “He’s good in the NHL,” said the guy, “but in Europe he’d be only average.” A Canadian who overheard this said, “Put this down. Bobby Orr-healthy-would eat any Czech or Russian alive. And he’d spit out any Swede.”

In Moscow, the Canadians were seen coming back to their hotel at all hours of the night. While some of the boys were sitting around the lobby of the Grand Hotel, someone mentioned hearing that the Russians had put street crews with jackhammers outside the Canadian team’s windows in the early morning. “No problem,” said one player. “We won’t be in anyway.”

Coach Harry Sinden celebrated his 40th birthday while overseas. “Ten days ago I was 29,” he said.

Some Canadian fans who arrived in Moscow found out there were no tickets available for them. These included Maurice Richard, Punch Imlach, former referee-in-chief Carl Voss, and legendary wrestler Whipper Billy Watson. Those left out were given three options: they could take an all-expenses paid 10-day tour of Copenhagen; they could fly home and be refunded; or they could stay and take their chances on finding tickets. Most chose the third option.

Dennis Hull, after a tour of Moscow, gushed, “I really like the place. It reminds me of Buffalo.”

The Russian players who didn’t dress for the games in Moscow had to buy their own tickets to get into the rink.

5 thoughts on “A Few ’72 Tidbits”

  1. In the news, Pacioretty is off to the land of Swiss cheese and wonders if players are required to wear suits there as well. Should he pack one, he ponders. Let’s just say if you don’t, Max, I’m sure you can buy one there.

    I’m more resolute than ever in my decision to separate myself from the NHL. The more I think about this strike and the PETTINESS of it all, the more it pisses me off.

    Squabbling over a percentage or two. Why don’t they donate it to a cause? Or use that money to enlarge all rinks as the game gets faster? How about sports scholarships? How about helping out the inner city kids that would like to play hockey but can’t afford to, like Bettman has tearfully made reference to in the last years?

    Makes me sick.

  2. Why don’t the owners and players refer the outstanding issues to a third party?

    If they can both agree on an arbitrator and are willing to live with his decision, they can get back to playing hockey and making money while he ponders the situation.

    Of course this means he might favour one side or the other. Or he might impose a compromise.

    But isn’t this a better idea than locking horns and maybe losing a whole season’s worth of salary and revenue?

    I guess I’m dreaming given that Buttman has no intention of compromising by himself and wouldn’t dream of an arbitrator possibly forcing him to.

    Just my $0.02 worth…

  3. lol@Bobby Orr being average in Europe. Ah, gotta love the chickenswedes: they called mario a broken-down tractor and disparaged gretzky, too. Bitter, sneaky, passive-aggressive chickenswede jealousy.

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