December 31, 2009
New Year's Eve Memories
New Year's Eve brings one common memory from the annals of hockey history - the epic showdown between CSKA Moscow and the Montreal Canadiens on December 31st, 1975. It is simply known as "The New Year's Eve Game," and everyone of a certain vintage knows exactly what it is referring to.
The game was part of a game exhibition series between Soviet clubs CSKA Moscow (aka Red Army) and Moscow Dynamo and eight NHL teams dubbed Super Series '76. You can read a full history of that tournament here.
Of the eight games two standout in memory - Red Army vs. Philadelphia for it's infamy, and Red Army vs. Montreal for it's class and drama. It was a beautiful display of shinny, hockey as it should be.
The game, a 3-3 tie, has been considered by many as the greatest game ever played. Although it was just an exhibition game, everyone knew it was much more than that. This game was for the unofficial world championship, to determine the best hockey team in the world.
You can read more about the famous New Year's Eve game courtesy Red Fisher, Kevin Shea, Dennis Kane, Lucas Aykroyd, Arthur Chidlovski and YouTube.