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Report: Hockey Canada isn’t on board with Summit Series anniversary game

Sep 18, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby AP

Hockey Canada won’t sign off on a Canada-Russia game or series to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, Darren Dreger reports.

It appears that Hockey Canada doesn’t want to get involved in the lockout politics between the NHL and NHLPA.

Dreger also indicates that the European exodus of players such as Rick Nash and Joe Thornton also factors into the decision not to endorse such a game, while insurance issues might curb the appeal for guys on the sideline like Sidney Crosby.

There’s still a chance that the NHLPA might attempt to go forward with the idea without Hockey Canada’s involvement, according to Dreger.

Still, it sounds like the idea lost a lot of steam thanks to this setback.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    If there’s an extended lockout then I’d really like to see this. Too bad to hear that’s likely what will keep it from happening.

  2. blomfeld - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Yesterday’s Papers …

    So true is that timeless saying that “a picture tells a thousand words”. I look above at these two so-called heroes of today’s hockey world and then I think back to what a similar picture of Esposito and Yakushev might have looked like forty years ago ? (ie: of course it never would have been allowed to happen). The bottom line is that you can never revisit the past, no matter how hard you try. The past is the past because it’s the past … and it should be left that way, always. In a comical way, I find myself relating this lame “retro” effort on the part of the NHLPA to today’s “weak & creatively-challenged” Hollywood film makers, who are constantly pump out “ersatz” garbage for the sake of making a sure buck, instead of taking destiny by the throat and creating something “bold and new” with their own initiative. The bottom line is that never again will there be a series like ’72 … and never in a million years could the likes of Ovechkin and Crosby sit at the same table as Phil Esposito and Alexander Yakushev !

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    Politics at the professional level eh? I thought that was reserved for the local PeeWee “AAA” team ha. Last time I checked, hockey is entertainment. Give the fans what they want. I’m American and I appreciate the Canadian/Russian rivalry.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    What the PA should actually do is forget the one game reunion and instead set up a Canada Cup event, international hockey is good and if you can put together a 12 team tournament you’ll be good. Have one group play their round robin in Europe where the NHL can’t stop them, then have the other group play games in the new Brooklyn arena (Russia and the US would obviously be draws there) QC, Hamilton and the other arena in Chicago (I think it’s the all state Center) if they put together a decent tournament they could end up putting some decent money in their war chest, getting fans on their side by providing great hockey and anger the owners because they missed weren’t involved in a money making event.

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