Summit ’72 – Woes In Winnipeg

We had them. And then we didn’t.

There were such high hopes coming off the big game two win in Toronto, and more of the same was expected in Winnipeg, now that the boys had rid themselves of their cobwebs and decided to get down to business. But as depressing as can be, Team Canada just kept blowing leads like 3-1 and 4-2 and let a major win slip away, with the game ending in a 4-4 tie.

The Soviet Kid Line of Viacheslav Anisin, Alexander Bodunov, and Yuri Lebedev, in their first appearance in the series, accounted for five points, and Kharlamov was once again inserting daggers into all of Canada, with tonight a gorgeous shorthanded goal when he burst in alone on Tony Esposito, who was making his second straight start after playing so well in Toronto.

Added to the dismal atmosphere was the fact that Winnipeg wasn’t all that stirred up by the big show. Former Black Hawk superstar Bobby Hull, who had bolted to the WHA and was now playing for the Jets, wasn’t allowed to play for Team Canada because he was such a big, bad traitor, and many in Winnipeg felt the team should’ve been called Team NHL, not Team Canada. It also doesn’t take much to imagine how Hull would have helped.

Just not a great night overall, and it hurts that we blew these leads. Two victories and we’re rolling, but it not to be. We’re stuck with one measly win, a loss, and a tie so far, and the uphill climb is getting steeper.

Now it’s onward to Vancouver, where Phil Esposito gives us shit.

19 thoughts on “Summit ’72 – Woes In Winnipeg”

  1. Good stuff, Danno. Especially love the video. Definitely that Kid Line could have been called the Headache Line. They were awesome. Bobrov had benched five regulars to get these three in the lineup and they came through in spades.

  2. Danno, something about Anisin I forgot to mention. His daughter was an Olympic figure skater, skating for France.

  3. The NHL by not allowing Hull to play for his country the NHL was not just punishing Hull. The real victims of their selfish idiocy was the country of Canada and all the Canadian people. And nothing has changed. Fuk the NHL.

  4. Anisinna won the gold medal in ice dance as part of the corrupt French and Russian judging scandal that originally gave Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze the gold medal in pairs over Salé and Pelletier.

    As a completely unbiased Canadian, I thought our fourth place ice dancers Bourne and Kraatz were even better than gold winners Anissina and Pelzerat. Back then ice dance wasn’t about innovation or quantifiable skill so it was impossible to know who really deserved what and the original rankings remained.

  5. Since I know very little about Hull’s defection to the WHL, I’m going to say it was Alan Eagleson’s doing that he was banned from the ’72 Team Canada. He was upset that a player got all that money and that he got none of it.

  6. Chris
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagle had something to do with it. I’m going to research that interesting point.

  7. Thanks hobo, appreciate the extra information. Don’t quite like having truths that contradict my preconceived assumptions; for me Eagleson will always be the villain. I covered my ears to block the facts but I was still able to read it.

  8. Chris
    If we are to take this article as gospel truth, the phrase gospel truth being an oxymoron in itself, Eagleson is guilty as charged. However, guilt is shared by everyone involved, the NHL, the players association and the players themselves. I don’t recall any players making a fuss about one of their own being thrown under the bus and making a stand for what is morally right. They went along with the crooks quite willingly. Where were all the intelligent players like Dryden. let alone the likes of Clarke and Espo? This is probably the only case where the fans were the real winners. Was Hull being made the sacrificial lamb worth it?

  9. Bobby Hull was not allowed on Team Canada 1972 but there were other players not invivited such as Gerry Cheevers – J.C. Tremblay & Derek Sanderson (to name a few) who went to The WHA and were black listed from the team & probably would have made the team if allowed especially the two ex-Bruins since Harry Sinden was the head coach…..

  10. Martin, yes there were others, although word at the time was that probably only Hull would have been added. I slightly disagree with this. Tremblay might have been a good fit, maybe replacing Don Awrey, and Cheevers might have been there instead of Ed Johnstone. As far as Derek Sanderson goes, he might have been slightly undisciplined and blown his top at some of the refereeing, and some of the antics of Russian players (kicking etc). I’m just sad that Bobby Orr wasn’t able to play because of his knees, although he gave it his best shot. He would helped considerably. Although the Russians could say the same thing about Anatoli Firsov, who was denied because of his support of Anatoli Tarasov. Politics. It’s everywhere.

  11. Dennis your response to Martin addresses what I wanted to ask you and the others. I recently read an article on the 6 Canadiens that played for Canada and when I look at some of the other players were there better players not chosen other than Cheevers?

  12. One player I know of who was asked but declined was Walt Tzchuck (sp) of The Rangers who had a newly formed hockey school (In his name) he wanted to get more established & he did not want to be away from it for an extended period……

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