January 10, 2010

Classic Snap Shot: 1954 World Championships


Here's a photo from the 1954 World Championships. The Soviets, in their first ever World Championships and sporting blue jerseys, would shock the Canadians 7-2 and take the gold medal home in their very first championship!

2 comments:

nikbronder said...

I've always wanted to know how the Russian hockey program started? When did the game reach russian... that kind of thing.

Any ideas?

Joe Pelletier said...

Real quick rundown:

Russians had always had hockey-like games, most notably bandy.

Canadian hockey was introduced in the 1930s, but only a few people were dedicated to it.

As part of a way to show Soviet superiority the government began looking to dominate international sport after WWII. That's when Canadian hockey became a main focus.

Here's a good link: http://www.russianrocket.de/welcome.htm