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Game 8 Moscow, Sept. 28, 1972 - Canada 6 - Soviet Union 5

"Henderson Has Scored For Canada!"

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Almost any Canadian who is old enough can tell you exactly what he or she was doing on September 28, 1972, when Paul Henderson scored the 6-5 goal at 19:26 of the final period. For a moment, our world stood still, and then as the red light flickered behind Vladislav Tretiak, our hearts filled with joy, and relief.

"Here's a shot. Henderson makes a wild stab for it and falls," Foster Hewitt breathlessly described. "Here's another shot. Right in front. They Score!! Henderson has scored for Canada!" 

As Foster Hewitt's ghostly words described "the goal heard around the world" millions of Canadians danced and hugged in a scene that was reminiscent of the celebrations at the end of World War II. Never has a single sporting moment meant so much to so many Canadians a sense of unparalleled nationalism.

Paul Henderson's goal sealed a remarkable comeback victory over a Soviet squad that had pushed Canada to the brink of defeat. Of course, none of this was supposed to happen. Team Canada was composed of the NHL's greatest stars, and were expected to easily defeat their communist counterparts. The success of the Soviets stunned Canadians, who had always unquestioningly believed in their country's hockey supremacy.

Team Canada restored the faith of fans by fighting back to win the final 3 games of the series, all on game winning goals by Paul Henderson. Henderson was a talented but unspectacular left winger who was the unlikeliest of heroes. Unlikely heroes have come to define Canadian hockey.

"I found myself with the puck in front of the net," remembers Henderson. "Tretiak made one stop and the puck came right back to me. There was room under him, so I poked the puck through."

"When I saw it go in, I just went bonkers." Millions of thrilled and extremely relieved Canadians went bonkers as well.

Thirty years later, Canadians are still going bonkers about the series. Russians too have equally fond although often different memories about the clash at the top of the hockey world three decades ago.  MANY MORE ORIGINAL ARTICLES


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1972 Summit Series: The Players And Key Figures

Soviet Biographies

Description: C:\Users\Joe Pelletier\Documents\Hockey -International\1972 Summit\photos\kharlamov4.jpgValeri Kharlamov awed Canadian audiences. His slick foot and stick work and amazing speed and shot accuracy places him as perhaps the single most talented player in the entire tournament. It is arguable that Kharlamov was as talented as Gretzky or Lemieux.

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    Canadian Biographies

Description: C:\Users\Joe Pelletier\Documents\Hockey -International\1972 Summit\photos\bobbyclarke.jpgBobby Clarke  - Twenty two year old Bobby Clarke launched his career into the superstar stratosphere in these 8 games in September of 1972. Which may have been a surprise to some, as he was the last player to make the team..  

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1972 Summit Series: The Facts and Statistics

Game Results

Canada Wins Series 4-3-1

Game 1

USSR 7 - Canada 3 

Game 2

Canada 4 - USSR 1

Game 3

Canada 4 - USSR 4

Game 4

USSR 5 - Canada 3

Game 5

USSR 5 - Canada 4

Game 6

Canada 3 - USSR 2

Game 7

Canada 4 - USSR 3

Game 8

Canada 6 - USSR 5

Games vs Sweden, and Game vs. Czechs

    1972 Statistical Leaders


Phil Esposito




Alexander Yakushev




Paul Henderson





Vladimir Shadrin




Valeri Kharlamov




Vladimir Petrov




Yuri Liapkin




Bobby Clarke




All Statistics


1972 Summit Other Features

Articles - Read the original and archived articles Newest: The Rare 1972 Championship Medal

Original Newspaper Clippings - Read the newspaper headlines and articles from 1972

Canadian Biographies - Learn about the Canadian players and coaches

Soviet Biographies - Learn about the Soviet players and coaches

Quotable  "Who says nothing lasts forever? This series will." - Guy Lapointe

1972 Summit Book Club 

1972 Re-Enactment  - 1972 Summit and Decisive Action Sports re-enacted the 8 games

Links  Featured Link: The Summit in 1972 Site by Arthur Chidlovski

Collectibles Message to Todd McFarlane - Give us some 1972 figures!

World of Hockey The Olympics, Canada Cup, World Cup, World Championships, and more


Team Canada/NHL vs. Soviets on YouTube

Team Canada vs. Soviet Union on YouTube

YouTube has taken the Internet by storm. You can find videos of practically everything, and of absolutely nothing at all. I've begun tracking all YouTube videos featuring Soviet Hockey vs. Canada or the NHL.

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