First hand memories of Canada Russia 1972 Hockey Summit

I was among the 3,000 Canadians who flew to Moscow in 1972 for the Canada Russia Hockey Summit. It was the most exciting trip of my life. When I returned, in the days well before the world wide web, and digitized copy on personal computers, I wrote extensively about the experience for the “Woodstock Bugle,” […]

The Canadian view from Moscow

(2002 update of 1972 article) I don’t think there is much point in me reporting the hockey series in Russia game by game. Most Canadians saw as much or more of that as we did and had the additional benefit of instant replays and expert analysis. However, the feelings of the Russian and Canadian fans […]

Visit to Moscow can short circuit the mind

(2002 update of 1972 article) The Russian language looks very tough to learn but it is easier to speak than to read. Most of the Canadians on the recent tour picked up a rudimentary vocabulary in a couple of days. For English speaking Canadians the words are easier to pronounce than many French words since […]

Strange and wonderful times at the Canada, Russia 1972 hockey summit

(Condensed version) (2002 update of 1972 article) I’ve been condensing and rewriting the extensive articles I did on our return from the Russian segment of the hockey summit in 1972. It’s painful trying to condense so much into one page. We’ll print what we can and are editing scans of the original articles to be […]

Nothing like a Bugle!

Following is an editorial David Cadogan wrote after the Canada, Russia hockey series. It was originally published in the Woodstock Bugle. The pun in the headline was intended. Canadian fans at the hockey series in Moscow were shocked when Russian militia men tried to tell them to shut up during the games. We were even […]

Russia is full of foreigners

(2002 update of 1972 article) Although the Canadians in Moscow had a lot of fun meeting each other, most were more anxious to meet Russians and people from other countries. We did this in various ways. Everybody covered the few international bars in town. BJ and I would get our guide to write down a […]

Russians huge eaters

(2002 update of 1972 article) Many Canadians got the impression from fans returning from Moscow that Russian food is terrible. This is not true. It is certainly different, it gave Canadian digestive systems quite a shock and we soon began to pine for what we were used to. I think the same thing would apply […]

The Russia Hotel holds 6,000 people

(2002 update of 1972 article) We flew to Moscow from Montreal stopping to refuel at Copenhagen in Denmark. We met Bob Kenney, a Fredericton lawyer, and his wife, Joan. The former Joan Keenan of Woodstock. Our flight was called the “Fox” flight a code name that identified us throughout the trip. Fox flight carried mostly […]

Gorgeous guide Tanya foretold the future of Russia

(2002 update of 1972 article) Scenes So many scenes from the 1972 trip to the Canada, Russia hockey series are seared into my memory. Phil Esposito was the heart, soul and leader of the team. His speech in Vancouver and his pratfall during the introductions before game five are well known. His drive, passion and […]

The ball at the end of the fairy tale

(2002 update of 1972 article) In the first moments after the referee plucked Henderson’s miracle goal out of the net and skated back to center, the reaction in the stands was indescribable. It was of course, not possible. Canada had not scored more than four goals in any of the previous games against the Russians. […]