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Hockey fans land in Moscow

The Story

Even though home-team fans booed Phil Esposito and his crew off the ice after game 4, there are still the loyal Canadians who travel to Moscow for the away games. With two days to game 5, Canadian hockey fans arrive onto Moscow's landing strip via an Air Canada jet. They carry their luggage and they have "Beat Russia!" buttons pinned to their lapels. One Canadian hopes for the best but doesn't want the series to end too quickly, "I'd like them to win three and break even."

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Sept. 20, 1972
Duration: 1:26

Did You know?

• For practice during the two weeks between games 4 and 5, Team Canada played exhibition games for eight days in Sweden against the Czechoslovakians.
• About 3,000 Canadian fans came to Moscow to watch the away games. All four were played at the Luzhniki Ice Palace. The four Canadian games took place in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

• At this point in the series, the Canadian team nicknamed itself Team 50. The name signified how the players felt after Canadian fans booed them off the ice in game 4 — the number of players on the team was 50 and they said they felt all alone, like no one else cared about them, after the booing incident.



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