New Book Captures 72 Amazing Stories
From HockeyBookReviews.com: This book contains 72 stories that revolve around the '72 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. Viewed separately, they are very personal, even intimate in nature. When they are strung together they begin to tell a larger story, a uniquely Canadian story of love for our country and its game.
Among the storytellers are Don Cherry, Peter Mansbridge, Walter Gretzky, Denis Brodeur and Bob Cole Full Story
Summit Series Inspiration For Young Larionov
From Randy Sportak of The Sun: Igor Larionov grew up in Moscow. But during the 1972 Summit Series, he very well could have been from Moose Jaw or any other Canadian city.
Larionov, who was 11 years old during the famous eight-game series between Canada and the Soviet Union, was like many youngsters his age. He was happily watching every game on a black and white television.
"It was outstanding. It was a fun series. Every game was exciting," Larionov recalled. "It was fun to watch and see two great teams playing against each other."
It also was an introduction to the NHL and Canada.
"We didn't know what to expect," said Larionov, one of the greatest hockey players with roots in the Soviet Union/Russia.
"We didn't know about the (Canadian) team. We didn't have much information about the NHL." Full Story
Espo A Rock Star In Russia
From The Sun: When Phil Esposito is spotted in Russia, the reaction from a throng of people is a sight to behold.
"One time, my wife (Bridget) looked at me and said, 'I didn't know I was travelling with Brad Pitt,' " Esposito said with a laugh.
"Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by the admiration, the adoration, whatever word it is. It's overwhelming. I'm 70 years old and, man, it's wonderful to still be recognized and known.
"I think I'm more famous over here (in Russia) than I am there (in Canada and the United States). Does that make any sense? Full Story