CBC TV Drama Mini Series Canada-Russia 1972

Posted on Saturday, April 02 2005


TV producers Summit Films and Dream Street Pictures announce casting and start of production March 14 in New Brunswick, Canada on "Canada Russia 1972" (working title), the four-hour CBC television drama miniseries about the classic 1972 encounter between the two great hockey superpowers, Canada and Russia.


Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, April 2, 2005 -- Directed by TW Peacocke, the series stars Booth Savage, Mark Owen, Judah Katz, and Sonia LaPlante, among others. Canadian defenceman Serge Savard is being played by his real-life son, Marc Savard.

Producers Summit Films of Halifax and Dream Street Pictures of Moncton are pleased to announce the casting for "Canada Russia 1972" (working title), the four-hour CBC television miniseries about the classic 1972 encounter between the two great hockey superpowers, Canada and Russia.

Starring in the miniseries are Booth Savage, as Team Canada Head Coach Harry Sinden, Mark Owen, as Assistant Coach John Ferguson, Judah Katz, as Alan Eagleson, and Sonia LaPlante as ‘Gabrielle Fournier’, a fictional composite of the Canadian diplomatic corps. Team Canada hockey stars are played by David Berni, as Phil Esposito, Gabriel Hogan, as Ken Dryden, David Miller, as Paul Henderson, John Bregar, as Bobby Clarke, Gerry Dee, as Wayne Cashman, Mike Dopud, as Vic Hadfield, Hugh Thompson, as Gary Bergman, and Jeff Roop and Chris Szarka, as brothers Frank and Peter Mahovlich. Canadian defenceman Serge Savard is being played by his real-life son, Marc Savard. Also starring in the project are Daniel Matmor and Eugene Lipinski.

"Canada Russia 1972" is being directed by TW Peacocke (Made In Canada, The Eleventh Hour). Filming began Monday, March 14 and continues through May 10 in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick.

"Canada Russia 1972" is being produced by Barrie Dunn and Mike Volpe of Summit Films of Halifax, and Timothy M. Hogan and Rick LeGuerrier of Dream Street Pictures of Moncton, in association with CBC Television.

Many Canadians vividly remember the 1972 Summit Series, and how Paul Henderson scored the winning goal in the final minute of the final game to give Canada its greatest hockey victory ever. But, said Barrie Dunn of Summit Films, “few know the story behind the great event—how the coaches struggled to get the NHL stars to play as a team, and how players like Phil Esposito, Ken Dryden and Bobby Clarke felt as Canadian fans booed them when the team was down. This is a story that just had to be told.” Dunn has written the script along with Malcolm MacRury and initiated the project more than three years ago, and then the CBC came on board.

"Canada Russia 1972" is funded by CBC Television, the Canadian Television Fund, Telefilm Canada, Lions Gate Films and NB Film.

Contact:
Jeremy Katz
416-656-6970