1999 Re-union Games
In 1999, the 1972 Summit Series Alumni got together for a set of reunion games in Russia. 4 games were held in Elektrostal, Voskresensk, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. The Moscow game was televised in Russia, and was dedicated to the late great Valeri Kharlamov. His son Alexander, then an aspiring NHL prospect, played in the game.
The games were supposed to be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations in 1997, but financial chaos in Russia put the idea on indefinite hold.
The delay may have effected participation, particularly on the Canadian team. Only 5 1972 Team Canada members played on the 1999 reunion team. The rest of the team was filled out with former NHL stars who play regularly in old timer games.
The Russian team featured 19 Summit Series Alumni members, however they rarely play in old timer games in Russia.
The complete line ups are listed below:
Just like in 1972, Team Canada 1999 took 3 of 4 games in Russia to win the four-game series commemorating the classic 1972 confrontation between Russia and Canada.
Canada won a wild 11-6 game in Electrostal and followed that up with a close 4-3 win in Voskresensk. Canada also was able to win the final game in Moscow by the score of 5-2.
Russia's lone win came in St. Petersburg, and just like 1972 the victory came amid officiating controversy. Reportedly referee, Nickolai Morozov "greatly helped" the Russian team when he disallowed a good goal by the Canadians. The game was decided in dreaded shoot=out where the Russians were more successful.
There were no hard feelings over the refereeing this time around however, as these games were all played in good fun. Usually such games are played for charity, although it is unclear which charities benefited from these games.