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It’s almost time for the Canada Russia Under Twenty Super Series. The eight game series is sure to dazzle hockey fans, and bring back memories of the Classic 1972 Summit series. Lisa Ovens looks at the details and gets a little lost in the Seventies. 

Super Series 2007 Celebrates Summit Series 1972


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Game One

by Lisa Ovens
August 15th, 2007

The Under 20 Super Series between Canada and Russia begins on Monday August 27th, with the first game in Ulfa, Russia. Three more games will be played in Russia, and then the series moves to four Canadian cities (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Red Deer with the final game in Vancouver. All game dates listed below)

Loads of NHL 2007 draft picks are on Team Canada’s roster lead by head coach and recently appointed New Jersey Devils coach, Brent Sutter. Expect to see exciting young talent like Kyle Turris, Angelo Esposito, Keaton Ellerby, Karl Alzner, Sam Gagner, Zach Hamill, David Perron and Thomas Hickey skate, hit and score for Team Canada. On the other side, Team Russia is planning on showcasing a little talent of its own with the likes of Alexei Cherepanov, Ivan Vishnevsky, Kirill Tulupov (love that name!), Semin Varlamov, Artem Anisimov, Vladimir Zharkov, and Alexei Vasyunov. Team Russia will be lead by head coach and former NHL’er and Stanley Cup Champion (NY Rangers), Sergei Nemchinov.


It’s been 35 years since the dramatic 1972 Summit Series, and this time around we might not see vicious slashes during play, hand- slicing -throat gestures, and event organizers flipping the bird at the opposition like we did back in that classic 1972 series. But that doesn’t mean as hockey fans we can’t don our far out Seventies clothing and get into this end of summer Canada/ Russia hockey action. Expressing our hockey love in funky seventies garb just might the right ticket to usher in the NHL’s pre-season. Okay, I’m diving into my closet right now to sort out my Seventies costume for Game 8 in Vancouver…who’s with me? Anybody?

The 1972 Summit Series goes down as one of the most, if not the most intense, exciting and emotional events in hockey history. However, plenty of other news worthy stuff happened in 1972. Let’s go back in time and see what else made 1972 a far out, dramatic and interesting year…

  • The world’s first video game, Tele Tennis, is plugged into a bar in California

    Destined to be a hockey anthem, Rock and Roll Part Two is released.
  • Alice Cooper’s School’s Out hits number one
  • Apollo 16 lands on the moon
  • The French Connection wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards
  • The first home video recorders (VCRs) go on sale
  • The musical Grease is on stage in New York for the very first time
  • The ground war in Vietnam ends
  • Sadly, 11 Israeli athletes die in a terrorist attack at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich Germany
  • The world’s first kidney and pancreas transplant was performed in London
  • The Watergate scandal begins with a burglary
  • The Walton’s, a family TV show, first airs (Good night, John Boy! G’night Mary Ellen!)

Super Series Schedule


Game 1 Canada vs. Russia   Ulfa, Russia
Monday August 27, 2007

Game 2 Canada vs. Russia   Ulfa, Russia
Wed. August 29, 2007

Game 3 Canada vs. Russia   Omsk, Russia
Fri. August 31, 2007

Game 4 Canada vs. Russia   Omsk, Russia
Sat. Sept. 1, 2007


Game 5 Canada vs. Russia   Winnipeg, Manitoba
Tues. Sept. 4, 2007

Game 6 Canada vs. Russia   Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Wed. Sept. 5, 2007

Game 7 Canada vs. Russia   Red Deer, Alberta
Fri. Sept. 7, 2007

Game 8 Canada vs. Russia   Vancouver, BC
Sun. Sept. 9, 2007

Games broadcast in Canada via a joint effort on TSN, Sportsnet and RDS (French)

Click here for the TV schedule

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