S3E20 Hockey, Canadian Identity and the Summit Series of 1972



In 1972 the first ever “Team Canada” met the Soviet Union’s “Red Army” hockey team in an 8 game series that was played out against the backdrop of Cold War tensions as well as challenges to Canada’s position as the hockey superpower. These challenges to Canada’s domination of a single sport in turn threatened many aspects of Canadian identity during this tumultuous period in both the nation’s and the world’s history and proved to be one of the most important sporting moments in the history of Canada.