The always eloquent Ken Dryden recently penned a beautiful guest article for The Globe and Mail about his return to Russia to celebrate the 1972 Summit Series 40th anniversary.
Interestingly, though 1972 is his "favourite hockey memory" he has had little desire to look back on it.
I’ve never watched any of the movies or documentaries about Team Canada, or read any of the books. Now, 40 years after the series ended, my feelings are clear. While I was at Cornell, we won a national collegiate championship. In Montreal, we won six Stanley Cups. In most of those, I played a more important role than I did in the Summit Series of 1972, but, even if I wanted to, I couldn’t persuade my feelings otherwise.
The Summit Series is my favourite hockey memory. And I have too much of a stake in that memory to risk it on someone else’s version of the series, on seeing things again many years later with different eyes, and wondering if I got it right the first time. I’m not interested in wondering. I feel what I feel.
As always Dryden's commentary is brilliantly retrospective, making for an excellent read.
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