Hey guys!

I've heard that the hockey rivalry between the USSR (now Russia) and Canada has deep roots coming from the series of games in 1972, and yesterday I tried to find some videos of that year but by accident found another video of 1987. Verily, the USSR and Canada do have a long hockey history! Emotion: big smile I did laugh at the goalkeepers a lot!

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Hi,
Those games in 1972 were a HUGE event in Canada. The whole country (except me, I was just a new Canadian) stopped what it was doing to watch them.

Canadians were sure they would not lose a single game. When they lost the first game, in Montreal, people were crying openly in the subway.

For the 7th. and final game, people brought TV sets into the office where I worked. When Canada won in the last few seconds, the whole country stood up and cheered.

A Canadian broke Valery Kharlamov's ankle with a hockey stick, because he was so good and so fast. That's how the game was, and is, played here, rough and tough. The Russians were artists with the puck.
Clive
Wow, I didn't know a Canadian broke Kharlamov's ankle! Emotion: surprise This indeed is quite rough... I want to watch all available videos of the series. Yesterday I started watching the first game summary, and from the very first minutes there was a Canadian beating a Russian with a hockey stick...
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Hi,

A traditional Canadian hockey saying is 'If you can't beat them in the alley (ie outside the building, in a dark place), you can't beat them on the ice'.

Clive
Does that saying imply a rival team, Clive?
I'm not really sure I understood how the first fact (beating them in the alley) draws the other (on the ice)... The video shows that our teams had a fight on the ice.
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Hi,
The idea is that, to win, a team has to physically be capable of intimidating the other team.

It's not a philosophy I agree with, but it is accepted by some hockey fans as a justification for fighting and rough play during the game.
Clive
I see.
By the way, I still haven't figured out in which uniform the Canadians were and in which the Russians (red and red&white) in the video. Now it is the greatest riddle for me. Emotion: big smile
RuslanaI see.
By the way, I still haven't figured out in which uniform the Canadians were and in which the Russians (red and red&white) in the video. Now it is the greatest riddle for me.

I presume the guys in red-and-white are Canadians. Why would Russians wear maple leaves on their shirts? Anyway, red-and-white guys are beating the other ones, these must definitely be Canadians:-)
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