Little M Made A Big Impression

Peter Mahovlich was a memorable figure in the 1972 Summit Series. 

His first big moment came in "Brother Night" in game two in Toronto. That was the night that Canada redeemed themselves after a horrid opening game. Canada was carreid that night by two sets of brothers - Phil and Tony Esposito and Frank and Peter Mahovlich.

Peter had what would have been the most memorable goal of the series had it not been for Paul Henderson's late heroics in game 8. Mahovlich and Phil Esposito were out killing off a penalty when Espo poked the puck out of the zone and Peter regained control. The gigantic Mahovlich bared down on the Soviet defender and as he crossed the Soviet blueline faked a booming slapshot. Instead of firing the puck Mahovlich pulled up and dipsy-doodled past the surprised lone man back. Then Mahovlich faked a forehand shot, went to the backhand, and with his incredible reach was able to tuck the puck into the net.

To this day Vladislav Tretiak doesn't know how Mahovlich was able to score that goal. "I played that shot perfectly," said the Soviet goalie.

Mahovlich, a star player in the NHL who always seemed to be overshadowed by flashier teammates, was a key player the rest of the Summit Series as well, often as penalty killer.

1972 Summit Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #20 - Peter Mahovlich - Center

Position: C
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-5
Weight: 210
Born: 10/10/1946 Timmins, Ontario
1972 NHL Team: Montreal Canadiens

Summit Series Statistics

7 1 1 2 4 12 22 1

Other Team Canada Appearances

Peter was a member of the 1976 Canada Cup team and scored 1 goal and 4 assists. He is remembered for a spontaneous sweater exchange with the Czechoslovakian team.

NHL Career Notes - Mahovlich was a member of 4 Stanley Cup teams in Montreal. Often a center with Guy Lafleur, Mahovlich was an underrated player who never could quite grasp greatness.

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 884 288 485 773 916
NHL Playoffs  88 30 42 72 134


Book Feature
Read Peter Mahovlich's memories of the Summit Series in Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now?  By Brian McFarlane $21.26 Cdn


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1972 Summit Series Games

Game One
Game Two
Game Three
Game Four
Game Five
Game Six
Game Seven
Game Eight

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