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Young hockey players try out gear from 1972 to see how it affects their performance

‘Horrible!’ The gear used by the hockey players in the Canada-USSR series was very different than what players use today

‘Horrible!’ The gear used by the hockey players in the Canada-USSR series was very different from modern gear

Young hockey players try out gear from 1972 to see how it affects their performance: Summit 72

3 months ago
Duration 5:26
‘Horrible!’ The gear used by the hockey players in the Canada-USSR series was very different than what players use today

In 1972 the best hockey players from Canada and the USSR faced off against each other in an eight game match that changed the sport forever, a story told in the new documentary series, Summit 72.

In honour of the event, we outfitted junior league hockey players from U16 Toronto Attack and U18 North York Storm with the vintage gear used by the pros in 1972 to find out how it compared to modern gear. 

Players today enjoy equipment that their 1972 predecessors would barely recognize: it's lighter, more comfortable and engineered for maneuverability.

Watch the video above to find out what happened.

Watch Summit 72 on CBC Gem.

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