The games may have taken place in September, but celebrations to commemorate the legendary 1972 Canada-USSR hockey series are already underway in Moscow.

Former adversaries are reuniting off the ice as friends, sharing memories of the Summit Series four decades ago.

"It was the pinnacle of success for me in that series," said Phil Esposito, who was captain of the Canadian contingent.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is campaigning hard to reclaim the country's presidency, welcomed the players.

As was the case 40 years ago, there still seems to be a lot of politics surrounding the game, CBC's Jean-Francois Bélanger reported from Red Square.

"Organizers rushed to make this event in February, just before the presidential election," he said, providing Putin with an opportunity to boost his popularity at a pivotal time.