It is 1972. You are sitting in the audience at the Stratford Festival watching celebrated Shakespearean actor Willian Hurt play King Lear. He exits the stage after a stirring monologue but just before he does so he says “Canada 1, Russia 0”. The place erupts.
The 1972 Summit hockey series between Canada and the then USSR gripped the entire country, if not the entire world. Everyone, actors included, had one eye on their work and one eye on the game.
In 1972 Russia was emerging from the Cold War. The hockey series was a kind of early stage diplomatic ice-breaker as the China-USA ping-pong games had been the year before, albeit with far more spectators. Long-time hockey commentator Foster Hewitt called the game, in his inimitable style, until Paul Henderson's goal in the dying seconds of game 8 to clinch the series. Today, you can visit a plaque outside the former Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to honour the event.
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Who was the commentator for the historic summit series of hockey between Canada and the USSR, 1972?
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