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Canadians hold out for better refs at Summit Series

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Team Canada, locked in a dispute with Soviet hockey officials over unfair refereeing, says there will be no Game 8. Canada insists that they will not play if the Soviets use the two refs from Game 7. The Soviet solution: bring back West Germans Josef Kompalla and Franz Baader, who officiated Game 6. But Canada says no way, claiming the Game 6 refs missed too much and couldn't handle the offsides.

Medium: Radio
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: Sept. 27, 1972
Host: George McLean
Interviewer: Bruce Rogers
Reporter: Fred Sgambati
Duration: 4:57

Did You know?


• Despite the refereeing controversy, Team Canada won game 6 in Moscow on Sept. 24, 1972. The Canadians said Josef Kompalla and Franz Baader, the two West German referees officiating, called questionable penalties and offsides. The final score was Canada 3 Soviet Union 2. The Canadian MVPs were Ken Dryden and Gary Bergman.

• Team Canada also won game 7, played on Sept. 24, 1972. The final score was Canada 4 Soviet Union 3. The Soviets played without their star Valeri Kharlamov, who was out with a severely bruised ankle. The MVPs for Canada were Phil Esposito and Bill White.


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