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Tretiak wants Canada-Russia gold medal game

Feb 14, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT

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When it comes to Russian hockey, few people are respected more than former national team goalie Vladislav Tretiak.

So when Tretiak says who he’d like to see in the gold medal game, people are going to pay attention. As Neil Davidson at The Canadian Press shares, he’s got one marquee match-up he wants to see.

“I want Canada-Russia to play in Sochi final. It’s very important. I’m ready. I don’t know, is Canada ready?” the former star goalie, speaking in English, said with a laugh.

Tretiak has already been a star at the Sochi Olympics as he helped light the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony. In his career as a goalie, he won three gold medals for the Soviet Union in 1972, 1976, and 1984 and a silver in 1980. You might’ve heard a thing or two about what happened in the ’80 Games.

The last time Russia and Canada faced off for gold was 1992 when six republics of the former Soviet Union were known as the Unified Team. A meeting between the two countries this time around would have a revenge aspect to it for Russia after they were humiliated out of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics by Canada 7-3.

  1. lonespeed - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    I hope it’s an anti-climactic USA – Sweeden final.

  2. strictlythedanks - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Dream on Tret

  3. bolt1991 - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I don’t think the Russians got silver in 1980.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Well, sorry bolt, but the Olympic history books beg to differ. US Gold, USSR Silver, Sweden Bronze.

      • angrytwitterguy - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:34 AM


  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Bolt1991 is right the US miracle on ice game was the semi final, they beat Czechslovakia in the final.

    Putin was at Canada House in Sochi last night and said he also wants Canada v Russia, I think it has to do with 2 things:

    1. With all due respect to the US and their moment in 1980, Canada and the Soviets had the Summit series in 1972, numerous Canada Cup games, the 1987 world junior championship “incident” there’s been a lot of bad blood and memorable moments between these two countries over the last 42 years,

    2. Canada is the defending Olympic gold medalist, I’m sure most countries would love to beat the defending champions to win their own gold.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Check that they beat Finland in the final in 1980.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        And I’ll once again correct myself, just read up about it the Soviets did in fact win silver, the medal round in 1980 was a round robin played by 4 teams, so even though US v Soviets miracle on ice was the 2nd last game for each team it wasn’t a semi final.

  5. channelguy - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    The 1980 Olympics didn’t have semi-finals or finals. All the teams played each other in a round-robin, and the best record got the Gold. The Americans beat the Russians in the next to last game, and if they had lost the last game to the Finns, they would have lost the gold. Likewise if Bill Baker hadn’t tied the game in the last minute of the FIRST game against the Swedes ( a 2-2 tie), they would also not have won Gold. The Russians did win the Silver.

    The present playoff system came later, and was a huge improvement. The old way rewarded rolling up the score against weak teams because goal differential, could, and often DID, decide medals. nd the Soviets were always better at that.

  6. elrock7 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    We have beat the US for gold in 2 of last 3 Olympics. Time to give Russia a shot!

  7. bolt1991 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Ah. Learn something new everyday.

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Vladislav Aleksandrovich Tretiak, I agree with your sentiments on a Gold matchup, though I think that is where our agreement ends. Kanada da, Rossiya nyet!

  9. blomfeld - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM


  10. hardkor07mn - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Why wouldn’t he want that? Scared of a 1980 flashback perhaps? USA USA USA

  11. hardkor07mn - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Great goalie, obviously took way to many pucks to the head. It’s clouded his judgement horribly.

  12. dubblelznhell - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Of course Tretiak is ready. He’s long been retired. He’s got nothing but hopes that are ready to be squashed….

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