Friday, November 12, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
We started this segment with what may be the most famous goal in the history of Canadian hockey. It came with just 34 seconds left in the final game of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. And it of course made Paul Henderson a hero. Canadians across the country celebrated the victory and felt a surge of national pride.
But according to John Soares, high-level Canadian diplomats -- as well as the Prime Minster of the day Pierre Trudeau -- saw the games in that series differently ... as highly charged political power plays ... even a front in the Cold War.
John Soares is the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Carleton University, where he is researching Canada's role in Cold War hockey. He was in our Ottawa studio.
Hockey & Politics - Marcel Dionne
Of course Team Canada won game 8 in the series in the end. But it didn't come easily. And it generated a lot of anxiety among Canadian hockey fans.
Marcel Dionne played centre for the Canadian team at the 1972 Summit Series. He was in Niagara Falls.