the 1972 Summit Series
In a preview of the upcoming Summit Series re-enactment, we have teamed up to play two exhibition games: Team Canada Red vs. Team Canada White and the Soviet National Team vs. the 1972 Finnish Olympic Team.
Star of Red vs. White Game
TORONTO – The Summit Series is a week away, but for players who don’t figure to see much playing time, such as Billy Harris, Eddie Johnson, and Stan Mikita, today was their opportunity to share the spotlight.
Paul Henderson tallied a hat trick as Team Canada (Red) romped 6-2 over Team Canada (White); his third goal was part of a Red Squad four-goal explosion in the third period.
Bobby Clarke’s three assists and Phil Esposito’s goal and two assists were also decisive factors in the game for the Reds. For the Whites, Jean Ratelle of the New York Rangers’ famed G-A-G (Goal-A-Game) Line stood out with a goal and an assist.
Henderson opened the scoring in the first period, scoring on a 3-on-2 break midway through the first period to put the Reds up 1-0. The Reds got a second goal on the power play early in the second period. Frank Mahovlich poked a rebound of Ron Ellis’ shot past netminder Tony Esposito.
After 40 minutes of defensive-style hockey, the tempo became more upbeat. Reds coach Harry Sinden replaced starting goalie Ken Dryden with temporary backup Eddie Johnson, who gave up two goals early in the third period before settling down.
Ratelle cut White’s deficit to 2-1 early in the third period, after taking a head-man pass from defenseman Bill White and beating Johnson with a deke on the breakaway.
Thirty-five seconds later, Henderson countered with his second goal. His 15-foot wrist shot past Tony Esposito extended the Reds’ lead to 3-1.
The Reds struck again at the 16:00 mark while playing short handed. Clarke picked up the puck in his own end after the Whites had dumped it on a line change and found Esposito streaking across the blue line. Esposito closed in a net and fired a wrist shot that knuckle-balled and appeared to go through his brother.
Peter Mahovlich tallied the Whites’ final goal at 12:17 of the third. Ratelle took a pass at the bottom of the left circle from Stan Mikita, then threaded a pass across the slot Mahovlich, who had only to redirect it with his stick, cutting the Reds’ lead to 4-2.
One player for the Reds who received high marks from coach Harry Sinden was defenseman Gary Bergman, who assisted on the final two goals, including Henderson’s hat trick at 16:28 and Yvan Cournoyer’s breakaway goal at 19:10.
The game helped to highlight Team Canada's charity of choice: The Prostate Cancer Research Fund of Canada
Please Note: While the above result and box score are supplied by incredible re-enactment game Classic Hockey by Decisive-Action Sports,, the game write up is fictional
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