It’s rare in a country’s history that people can recall exactly where they were and what it meant to them when an event occurs. Sometimes those recollections occur during tragedies, like 9/11. But it’s the positive and powerful moments like Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and more recently, Sidney Crosby’s Golden Goal that help unite our great country.
The same could be said for the ’72 Summit Series. As part the of the 40th Anniversary of Team Canada’s ’72 series victory, ‘Canadian Stories from 1972 Summit Series’ is a proposed project that will provide an opportunity for Canadians to share their stories with their kids and grandkids regarding what Team Canada’s win meant to them. While Paul Henderson’s goal stands out as a signature moment, Canadians will have additional recollections of that historic 8 game series.
In the past, stories from the ‘72 Summit Series have come from the point of view of Team Canada players themselves. This project will give Canadians from the Baby Boomer and earlier generations a chance to tell their stories and share them through Social Media with younger generations. In many ways, it’s a great opportunity for these generations to connect and share what life was like back in the early 70’s, using hockey as the connector.
These stories will become an online archive for future generations to access, as well as becoming an integral part of our Canadian heritage. The outcome of this project will be a book that will share 72 intriguing stories from ordinary Canadians. This book will be available in both electronic and paperback versions. The book will be launched on September 28th, 2012, which is the anniversary date of the Series win.
This project will leverage the power of social media with the unique opportunity to engage people all across Canada, as well as Canadians living abroad. This project will span over 12 months, with the first 9 months focusing on story collection. It will also include story from Canadian celebrities and monthly engagement themes.
The youth of today remember the feeling of seeing Crosby scoring the game-winning goal in 2010 and the ensuing celebrations around the country. Have they ever asked their parents or grandparents what it was like when Henderson scored his game-winning goal?
This is not just a great hockey story… it’s a great Canadian story!
About the Author
Sean Mitton is the Founder of the Canadian Expat Network (CEN), the leading website for Canadians living abroad. CEN provides bi-weekly e-newsletters, regular stories of interest, calendar of events and promotion of Canadian Expat Groups. CEN also publishes a Curling e-Resource Book in partnership with USA Curling, helps promote Terry Fox Runs Internationally and is working on a pilot program with Labatt Blue called “Hockey Night in the US”. CEN is proud to have RBC Bank as a sponsor in the US.
Mitton’s hockey related interviews include Paul Henderson, Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Yvon Cournoyer, Darryl Sittler, Mike Bossy, Eric Staal, Marc Staal and Jordan Staal to name a few.