The picture below was sent to me from a friend in Leningrad in the mid-1980s.
Team Canada 1974, stars from the rival WHA, taking on Kharlamov, Mikhailov, and Tretiak two years after the big one. (results at the bottom).
Rick Ley, second in the top row, was a boyhood friend growing up in Orillia, who knocked my front tooth out by accident when throwing a baseball. And he borrowed my hockey gloves and never gave them back.
Five players suited up at one time or another with the Habs – JC Tremblay, Rejean Houle, Ralph Backstrom, Marc Tardif, and Frank Mahovlich.
Three players on this Team Canada ’74 squad also played in the historic 1972 Summit Series before bolting to the WHA – Paul Henderson, Mahovlich, and Pat Stapleton.
Down the left side are coaches Billy Harris, Bobby Hull, and Pat Stapleton.
Top row left to right – Don McLeod, Rick Ley, J.C. Tremblay, Mike Walton, Rejean Houle
2nd row – Brad Selwood, Andre Lacroix, Tom Webster, Gordie Howe, Marty Howe
3rd row – Mark Howe, Ralph Backstrom, Tom Harrison, Rick Smith, Paul Shmyr
4th row – Paul Henderson, Serge Bernier, Bruce MacGregor, Marc Tardiff, John McKenzie
5th row – Al Hamilton, Frank Mahovlich, Gerry Cheevers
USSR Wins Series 4-1-3
- September 17: Canada 3-3 USSR played in Quebec City, Quebec
- September 19: Canada 4-1 USSR played in Toronto, Ontario
- September 21: USSR 8-5 Canada played in Winnipeg, Manitoba
- September 23: Canada 5-5 USSR played in Vancouver, British Columbia
- October 1: USSR 3-2 Canada played in Moscow
- October 3: USSR 5-2 Canada played in Moscow
- October 5: USSR 4-4 Canada played in Moscow
- October 6: USSR 3-2 Canada played in Moscow