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Canada-Soviet series: Fans greet Esposito, Team Canada (poor audio)

People took the day off work on Sept. 28, 1972 to watch Canada play the Soviet Union. In the game's last seconds, their hero Paul Henderson scored an epoch-making goal. But the hockey series was more than just that final game. The fast and skilled Soviets surprisingly showed up Team Canada in eight gruelling games that changed Canadian hockey forever. It became faster, better. And the drama began in game one when Team Canada skated onto the ice self-admiring and mighty, only to be knocked down hard, 7-3, by the Soviet Union.

 Canada's hockey team arrives to cheers after night of booing.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Sept. 9, 1972
Guest(s): Phil Esposito
Reporter: Hal Jones
Duration: 1:45

Last updated: April 8, 2013

Page consulted on February 4, 2014

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