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Sunday, September 16, 2012

NHL Lockout 2012/ 72 Summit Series continuation

Anniversary contest at The Cardboard and Me
Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams.
Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum. While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League's economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players -- as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players' Association seven years ago. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation -- not through rhetoric.
This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans.
The NHLPA released a video that featured Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, David Backes, noted union man Gabriel Landeskog and others rhapsodizing about their love of the game and their sympathy for NHL fans.

# 81 The Moment

Here's a shot. Henderson makes a wild stab for it and falls," Foster Hewitt breathlessly described. "Here's another shot. Right in front. They Score!! Henderson has scored for Canada!" 

# 82 Cournoyer
Yvan Cournoyer - nicknamed "The Roadrunner" for good reason - used his blazing speed to keep up with and even beat the Soviets on many rushes. His goal in game two where he blew past a Soviet rearguard like he was a practice pylon was a perfect example of that.
# 83 Liapkin
He was the defenseman on the ice who failed to clear Paul Henderson out of the slot when he scored "The Goal Heard Around The World"

# 84 Esposito
Almost every member of Team Canada would be quick to point out that Espo - their undisputed leader - was the real hero of the series.

# 85 Dryden
Dryden's book, Face-Off At The Summit - a 1973 book published by Little Brown - is an interesting look at the series through the eyes of one of the key competitors.

# 86 Peace
Peace sign probably better than Eagleson's earlier finger salute.

#87 Bergman
With Bobby Orr and Jacques Laperriere injured and Dallas Smith declining for personal reasons, the 33 year old Kenora, Ontario, native  played perhaps the 8 greatest games of his life!.

# 88 Glennie
"I believe the series made me a much better hockey player. Even though i didn't play against the Russians - I played against the Swedes and Czechs - I practiced with the best players in the National Hockey League for that entire period of time"

# 89 Hull
Dennis' initial reaction was not to attend Team Canada to show support for his brother Bobby in the controversial dispute he had going. But Bobby convinced Dennis that he should take this opportunity.

# 90 Anisin

Anisin was the key player on the Soviets "Kid Line" that shocked Team Canada in game three. 

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