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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
was the greatest tournament ever played in sports. There's no doubt in
my mind about that." -- Don Cherry
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
"…you could pretty well point to
anyone across the country and you knew they were all watching
the same thing. That doesn't happen very often in our country,
as big as we are and as diverse as we are. But on that day, they
were, and whether it was in a little school in Winnipeg or
somewhere else in the country you knew it was that kind of
feeling." -- Peter Mansbridge