Hockey Canada won’t sign off on a Canada-Russia game or series to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, Darren Dreger reports.
It appears that Hockey Canada doesn’t want to get involved in the lockout politics between the NHL and NHLPA.
Dreger also indicates that the European exodus of players such as Rick Nash and Joe Thornton also factors into the decision not to endorse such a game, while insurance issues might curb the appeal for guys on the sideline like Sidney Crosby.
There’s still a chance that the NHLPA might attempt to go forward with the idea without Hockey Canada’s involvement, according to Dreger.
Still, it sounds like the idea lost a lot of steam thanks to this setback.
And this is why we were skeptical about whether an exhibition game commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union would be played in Moscow’s Red Square on Feb. 26:
Canada’s Paul Henderson, the hero of the series, denies he’s accepted an invite to the game, as was reported by RIA Novosti.
“I haven’t talked to a soul, no one at all,” Henderson told the Canadian Press. “In fact, I’m going to be down in the Caribbean on holidays.”
He added: “No, I’m not going. There’s no interest whatsoever.”
TSN’s Darren Dreger reveals that Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson and Russian Federation president Vladislav Tretiak will hold a meeting to discuss “future events” on Monday, Nov. 14. Forgive me for rolling out my “Jump to conclusions” mat, but I cannot help but wonder if this means that there could be a game/series to honor the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.
(If they want to be technical about it, the series would probably need to take place sometime in September 2012.)
For whatever reason, that historic span of games is on the tip of our tongues on this day. This comes just hours after it was revealed that NHL Original Productions will share a documentary on the 1972 Summit Series, which was a watershed moment for the Canadian-Russian hockey rivalry. (Not to mention national hero Paul Henderson, who is in this post’s main image.)
Again, that’s pure – if moderately educated – speculation on my part, so we’ll let you know if any details emerge in the next few days and beyond. In the mean time, feel free to daydream about which players might make their way on each roster.