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It includes stories from Bob Cole, Walter Gretzky, Peter Mansbridge, Johnny Bower, Howie Meeker, Blue Rodeo and many more.
Sean Mitton has been interviewed by over 30 media outlets across Canada including the CBC, Breakfast Television, The Toronto Sun, NHL Home Ice, Zoomer Radio and CFRB. He also hosted a speaker’s panel the Hockey Hall of Fame that included Bob Cole and Brian McFarlane of Hockey Night in Canada Fame. (See video below)
A moment in time.
It’s rare for a person to remember exactly where he or she was at a single moment in time, some four decades past. It’s rarer still for an entire nation to hold a collective memory of such a moment. This kind of hardwired retention usually results from group trauma — the shock of assassination, large scale tragedy, or natural disaster.
Occasionally, the event that galvanizes a population is a happy one. Such was the case when Paul Henderson scored the memorable goal in ’72, that won the game and united Canada.
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.
The Summit Series becomes the focal point for Canadians to express themselves. Their comments are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, often passionate, and always engaging.Some saw heroism, some patriotism, some a kind of coming-of-age for Canada. Some saw or heard Game Eight from the tops of telephone poles, others in coal cars or cardiac care units. Some were lucky enough to see games in person, either in Canada or Moscow. But the physical vantage point didn’t matter as much as the viewpoint they brought to the event and the one they came away with. It’s a diversity of thought and opinion that reflects the best of who we
are as a people.
“It was the greatest tournament ever played in sports. There’s no doubt in my mind about that.” — Don Cherry
“We sang Oh Canada. I started to leave the arena, only to see a young Russian boy in tears with his mother trying to console him. I wanted to stop, and try to explain – but I couldn’t. We were worlds apart.” — Jim Herder
“That didn’t even come to my mind – that I was a descendant of the Russians. I never ever thought of it. It was just‘I’m a Canadian and we won! We beat the Russians.’ Absolutely no mixed allegiances!” — Walter Gretzky