Episode 5

A National Obsession

First Person

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A CBC report details the historic 1954 world championship game between Canada and the Soviet Union.

By 1954, Canada had established itself as the world's dominant hockey nation, winning 15 of the 20 previous world championships. But the '54 tournament in Stockholm presented a new challenge: for the first time, the Soviet Union - which had been quietly developing its hockey program behind the Iron Curtain � entered a team. Still, heading into the gold medal game, the East York Lyndhursts, representing Canada, figured to roll over the shabbily outfitted Soviet national team. Instead, the Soviets crushed Canada 7-2, boldly announcing their arrival as a new international hockey power.

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