I was a freshman at Bridgewater State College, now University, when that game was played. I had made friends with several other dedicated Boston sports fans and remember watching the game in my friend’s dormitory room. Now
despite the fact that we lived in Massachusetts, there was more than a smattering of interest in the series for a variety of reasons, most notably, since Bobby Orr was unable to play for Team Canada since he was coming off
knee surgery. However, the Bruins were well represented on the squad led by the flamboyant and emotional, Phil Esposito. There were others like Wayne Cashman and Don Awrey who made the squad who happened to be coached by
Boston’s irascible Harry Sinden…but because of Orr’s inability to play, though he made the trip with the team, Espo rallied the troops and was the acknowledged leader of the team.
I’ll never forget the personal Canadian pride I felt when Paul Henderson scored the goal. As well, all my American friends with whom I watched the game, were equally as excited because the Boston area had been caught up in the wave of hysteria initiated by the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup. We yelled and screamed and united as one in an effort to beat the communists who represented all that was evil in the world at that time.
Halifax, Nova Scotia