Team Canada 1972 extends a warm "thank you" to everyone who came to the 72 Summit Series Tour shows and all the other fans they met along the way. The team held the opening night of their 2016 cross-country event on September 2 in Montreal, after which they travelled to Winnipeg (Sept. 6) and Vancouver (Sept. 8), before the finale in Toronto (Sept. 10).
'The Curse of Clara" has been named the Best Animated Program at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.As reported previously on this website, "Clara" stars the voice and image of Team Canada 1972's own Phil Esposito. Congratulations to Vickie Fagan and everyone else who made "Clara" such a success.
Team members Serge Savard and Pat Stapleton are joined by government officials and others, at the unveiling of a plaque to honour "An Event of National Historic Significance".
Kenneth Wayne Dryden, P.C., O.C. B.A. (Cornell University), LL.B. (McGill University) Doctor of Letters, honoris causa Author, lawyer, politician, academic, sports executive, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and philanthropist, the Honourable Kenneth Wayne Dryden has established himself as a Canadian renaissance man. The beloved goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens helped the team win six Stanley Cups, was awarded five Vezina Trophies as the leagues’ outstanding goaltender, the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player during the playoffs. Regarded as the most consistent goalie of modern time, his celebrity only grew as one of two goaltenders in the epic 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. The unforgettable series that captured the imagination of all Canadians. Also striving for academic excellence, Mr. Dryden earned a degree in law from McGill University. His contributions to hockey extend beyond the ice to roles as team president, commentator, analyst and best-selling author. He has published several books on the sport that are unique among others in their literary thoughtfulness. Nominated for a Governor General’s Award, The Game is regarded as the best hockey book ever written. His latest book Game Change, focuses on what he considers to be the most crucial issue facing athletes today: the devastating life-effects of brain injuries in sports. Hockey was followed by a distinguished career in public service initially as Ontario’s first Youth Commissioner and later as a Liberal Member of Parliament serving as Canada’s Minister of Social Development. A champion of youth literacy and education, Mr. Dryden established and is the principal funder of apost-secondary scholarship program that for twenty-five years has provided eight scholarships a year to improve access to higher learning for youth fromfoster homes and group homes. As an academic, he has taught at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada. The course entitled “Thinking the Future to Make the Future”, challenges students to imagine the world and the Canada they want to live in, and to set out the steps required to achieve this future. In 2013, Ken Dryden was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian life as a hockey player, author and public servant. Kenneth Wayne Dryden, C.P., O.C. B.A. (UniversitéCornell), LL.B. (Université McGill) Doctorat ès lettres, honoris causa Auteur, avocat, politicien, universitaire, dirigeant sportif, membre du Temple de la renommée du hockey et philanthrope, l’honorable KennethWayneDryden s’est imposé comme un véritable homme-orchestre canadien. L’idole des Canadiens de Montréal a remporté six coupes Stanley, cinq trophées Vézina (meilleur gardien de but de la Ligue nationale de hockey), le trophée Calder (meilleur joueur recru) et le trophée Conn Smythe (joueur par excellence des séries éliminatoires). Gardien de but le plus constant du hockey moderne, KenDryden est entré dans la légende lors de la Série du siècle de 1972 opposant le Canada à l’Union soviétique et qui a marqué l’imaginaire du pays tout entier. Soucieux de sa réussite universitaire, M.Dryden a parallèlement obtenu un diplôme en droit de l’Université McGill. Au-delà de ses prouesses devant le filet, Ken Dryden a œuvré à titre de président d’équipe, de commentateur, d’analyste et d’auteur à succès. Il a publié plusieurs ouvrages portant sur le sport qui se démarquent par la qualité de sa réflexion littéraire. En nomination pour un Prix du Gouverneur général, Le Match est perçu comme le meilleur livre jamais écrit sur le hockey. Dans son dernier ouvrage, Game Change, M.Dryden aborde ce qu’il estime être le plus grave problème touchant les athlètes d’aujourd’hui: les effets dévastateurs permanents des lésions cérébrales. Après avoir accroché ses jambières, Ken Dryden a connu une brillante carrière au service de l’État, d’abord à titre de premier Commissaire à la jeunesse de l’Ontario, puis de ministre libéral du Développement social du Canada. Grand promoteur de l’éducation et de l’alphabétisation chez les jeunes, M.Dryden est le fondateur et principal donateur d’un programme de bourses d’études postsecondaires qui, depuis vingt-cinq ans, permet chaque année à huit jeunes vivant en foyer d’accueil d’avoir un meilleur accès à un enseignement supérieur. Universitaire, il a enseigné à l’Institut d’études canadiennes deMcGill. Son cours, Thinking the Future to Make the Future, invitait les étudiants à imaginer le monde et le Canada de leurs rêves, et à établir les moyens de les façonner. En 2013, KenDryden a été reçu Officier de l’Ordre du Canada pour ses contributions à la vie canadienne à titre de hockeyeur, d’auteur et de fonctionnaire.
Members of Team Canada 1972, including chair Pat Stapleton and general manager Chad Dawson are with Professor Barry Wright at the Goodman School of Business at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON training ten teachers from the Niagara District Catholic School Board so they can implement our curriculum program, "28,800 Seconds, The Power of Teamwork" in their classrooms this year. This is the pilot of our National Curriculum Program..
Niagara Catholic District School Board Director of Education John Crocco (left standing) and Team Canada1972 chair Pat Stapleton (right sitting) at the 28:8 - The Power of Teamwork launch at Brock University earlier today. It's a great partnership with the NCDSB, Canada's Team of the Century and Goodman School of Business at Brock University..
Great listening to hockey legend Pat Stapleton in conversation with Dr. Barry Wright at Brock this morning. His words will stick with me “You become what you think about. You master your own thoughts.” Kaitlyn Little - Marketing and Communications Officer, Brock Univeristy
THE CURSE OF CLARA Winner of the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated Program. The Holiday Season, the Summit Series and The Nutcracker converge when an aspiring ballet dancer conjures up an imaginary mentor in the form of Phil Esposito. When small-town girl Vickie is accepted into the prestigious National Ballet School and selected to play “Clara” in the Company’s holiday production of The Nutcracker, things look like they couldn’t get any better. And they can’t, because that’s when Vickie finds out about the mysterious Curse of Clara. Thankfully, she’s got a good friend, the 1972 Summit Series and an imaginary mentor to keep her “on pointe.” Broadcasts nationwide on CBC-TV on: Friday, December 21st at 7pm local time. Sunday, December 23rd at 6:30pm local time.
Canadian darlings, multiple World and Olympic champion dance figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir show off their Team Canada 1972 sweaters presented to them, and other inductees, by the Members of Team Canada 1972 at the 2018 induction ceremonies of Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, ON on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Team Canada 1972 were honoured with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2015. Also inducted in 2018 along with Tessa and Scott were comedienne Andrea Martin, astronaut Chris Hadfield, actors/writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg along with musicians Andy Kim and the late Leonard Cohen.
(Chris' tweet after receiving his Team Canada 72 sweater at Canada's Walk of Fame induction ceremonies) Meeting your heroes is a thrill. Paul Henderson scored the winning goals in games 6, 7 & 8 during the 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series. My school was shut down to watch. He signed my jersey :) Thanks Paul!
2018 Canada’s Walk of Fame Allan Slaight Award Winner Jessie Reyez killin' it in her Team Canada 1972 sweater. Team Canada 72 presented the 2018 Canada's Walk of Fame inductees with a Team Canada 72 sweater. The Allan Slaight Honour recognizes the achievements of young Canadians who have the ability to turn their talent into inspiration. The honour is presented annually to a young Canadian who is making a positive impact in the field of music. Some previous winners have inclided Drake, Carly Rae Jepson, Brett Kissel and Shawn Mendes.
Mickey Redmond Born December 27, 1947 Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb) Position Right Wing Shot Right Played for Montreal Canadiens Detroit Red Wings National team Canada Playing career 1967–1975 Thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame for Mickey's bio: Mickey Redmond received a steady infusion of hockey culture from the moment he was born two days after Christmas in 1947. His father, Eddie, was a big, raw-boned redhead who, at one time, played semi-pro with Jean Beliveau and the Quebec Aces among a host of clubs from across North America. Young Mickey joined his younger brother, Dick, on regular excursions to the local rinks. By age 14, Redmond's family had moved to Peterborough, Ontario, where Mickey joined the local Junior A Petes of the OHA for four seasons. He was a league all-star during two of those campaigns, having made a clear statement of his scoring prowess. In 1967, he attended training camp with the Montreal Canadiens, a club replete with top-flight players. Cracking the lineup was a great feat and afforded Redmond the opportunity to work as an understudy to Claude Provost, Henri Richard, Jean Beliveau, and J.C. Trembley. Redmond got in on two Stanley Cup victories with the Canadiens before being traded to the Red Wings as part of a package to bring Frank Mahovlich over to Montreal in 1971. In Detroit, Redmond was slowed by injuries in the early going, but quickly bounced back to catch fire. In his second season with the club, he became the first Red Wings in team history to top the 50-goal mark in a single season. And to make sure it wasn't just a dream, he went out and netted another 51 goals the following year. But his quick rise to the top was followed by an equally fast decline, starting from the moment he felt the first tinge of pain at the base of his back. He played through the intermittent pain for several seasons, until the problem became unbearable. Upon having his back examined it was determined that he'd suffered permanent damage to a nerve running directly to his right leg. The pain grew so severe that he had difficulty walking. An operation aimed at repairing the damage was unsuccessful, forcing Redmond to retire prematurely at the age of 29 in 1976. Since leaving hockey, he has been a colour analyst for Hockey Night In Canada and for Detroit Red Wing broadcasts.
The Blackhawks and Bruins paid tribute to their former players at the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Blackhawks and Bruins legends Ray Bourque, Johnny Bucyk, Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Bobby Orr, Denis Savard and Eddie Shore were recognized in field decor inside the stadium, with players showcased on individual shamrocks surrounding the rink. Bourque, Bucyk, Esposito, Hull and Savard, as well as a representative for the Mikita family, were in attendance for a pregame ceremony and will greet the current Bruins and Blackhawks at the famed Notre Dame tunnel. (photo - Tramyers_NHL)
By Timothy Garske/mgoblue.com - GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- The America Hockey Coaches Association announced its 2019 awards on Friday (Jan. 18) and former legendary Michigan ice hockey head coach Red Berenson is the recipient of the prestigious John MacInnes Award. Berenson, along with the other 2019 award recipients, will be recognized either at a luncheon during the Frozen Four in Buffalo or during the 2019 AHCA Convention in Naples, Florida. Established by the AHCA in 1982 to honour former Michigan Tech coach, John MacInnes, this award recognizes those people who have shown a great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs. The recipients have had high winning percentages, as well as outstanding graduating percentages among their former players. The winners of this award have helped young men grow not only as hockey players, but more importantly, as men. Berenson becomes the second Wolverine to be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, joining Vic Heyliger, who was inducted in 1992. Michigan went 848-426-92 (.654) in the Berenson era, including the 1996 and 1998 NCAA national championships -- the eighth and ninth in school history. Berenson's accomplishments behind the bench at Michigan put him among the greatest coaches in college hockey history. Under Berenson, the Wolverines qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 23 of the past 27 seasons. His run of 22 consecutive appearances from 1991-2012 marks the longest streak ever in college hockey. In that time, Michigan reached the NCAA Frozen Four 11 times: back-to-back appearances in 1992 and 1993; four consecutive appearances in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998; three consecutive showings between 2001-03; 2008 and 2011. Besides 1996 and 1998, U-M also reached the national title game in 2011, losing 3-2 in overtime to Minnesota-Duluth. A three-year varsity letter winner, Berenson is one of the top players in Michigan hockey history, earning All-America and Michigan Most Valuable Player honours in both his junior and senior seasons (1961, '62). His 43 goals and nine hat tricks in his last season still stand as Michigan records. Berenson holds two degrees from the University of Michigan, his bachelor's degree from the School of Business Administration in 1962 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1966. Berenson played in the NHL for 17 years as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues. He accumulated 261 goals and 397 assists in 987 games -- the most career points by any Michigan alumnus in the NHL -- leaving an indelible mark on league history. Following his retirement as a player after the 1977-78 season, he served on the coaching staff of the St. Louis Blues and earned the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year in 1981. Berenson continues to be involved within the Michigan Athletic Department, currently serving as a special advisor to Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics.
Thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame for Serge's biography: Rangy defenseman Serge Savard played 17 seasons in the NHL, 15 (his first season consisted of two games) with his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens, and two with the Winnipeg Jets, who lured him out of retirement after he'd left Montreal following the 1980-81 season. A member of the Canadiens "Big Three" defensive stars along with Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson, Savard was known as "the Senator" by his teammates for his involvement in activities - mostly in politics - outside the game.In the mid-1980s, he served as general manager of the Habs. But hockey had been the first thing on Savard's mind since his boyhood in Montreal.
When he was 15, a scout noticed him playing a school league game and put him on the team's list of promising reserves. Savard progressed quickly and within a few seasons was captain of the Junior Canadiens. Unlike many prospects of the day, Savard wanted to complete high school. But the Habs signed him to a contract and sent him to Houston to play for the Apollos of the Central Hockey League in 1966. He won the rookie of the year award that season with Houston and the following year was called up by the Habs. By the 1968-69 season, only his second full one in the NHL, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Habs won the Cup in a four-game sweep over the Blues in the finals. Although Savard was overshadowed by his better-known teammates, he did win another significant award during his years as a player. In 1979 the NHL presented him with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." Savard almost didn't make it much further in NHL play, however. In a game during the 1970-71 season against the Rangers, he skated after New York's Rod Gilbert, trying to stop a breakaway. Savard dove for the puck and felt his left leg crumble underneath him. The result was five separate fractures and three operations that took him out of the game for three months. After a complete recovery, Savard continued to have problems with the leg and further injuries. In the 1971-72 season, he suffered a new fracture to the same leg after being hit. In 1973 he injured his ankle severely as he tried to help firefighters break down a door during a fire at the Canadiens' hotel in St. Louis. But the injuries failed to stop Savard. Upon his return to the game, he started to blend his patient, hard-working style with the hard-charging, rushing play of Lapointe and Robinson, the skillful scoring of Guy Lafleur and the outstanding play in the net of Ken Dryden. The result was another Cup for the Habs in 1976, when they swept the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers in four straight games, a victory that many relieved fans hailed as a triumph of skilled play over the fight-filled game of the Broad Street Bullies.
Internationally, Savard's attitude was rewarded by his being named to the Canadian team for the 1972 Summit Series. He appeared in five of the eight games, and - as Savard liked to remind people - Canada won four of those games and tied the other. By 1981 Savard had had enough of being knocked around in the NHL. He had, after all, played on eight Stanley Cup-winning teams with Montreal and had seen more doctors and surgeons than he cared to remember. His retirement didn't last long, though. He was lured out of inactivity by the Winnipeg Jets, who wanted him for his experience on a young but improving team. Savard lasted two seasons in his comeback with Winnipeg before the Canadiens came calling again. They bought him out of the final year of his contract with the Jets so he could return to Montreal as the team's managing director.
Savard, who had been active in the business world during his last days as a player and during his retirement, inspired the confidence of the Habs players and management. Savard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.
Thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame for Phil's bio: Born February 20, 1942 he was the centerman who held the greatest scoring record of them all before Wayne Gretzky came along and broke it - 76 goals in a single season in 1970-71. Espo won the Art Ross Trophy five times, the Hart Trophy twice, the Lester B. Pearson Award twice and the Lester Patrick Trophy for service to hockey in the United States. What's more, he was a ten-time All-Star and represented Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, the 1976 Canada Cup and the 1977 World Championship. While a member of the Boston Bruins, he scored 40 or more goals in seven straight seasons and 50 or more in five straight seasons. In his 76-goal season, he also recorded an amazing 76 assists for a league record at the time of 152 points. Phil Esposito grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and must have had plenty of target practice against his younger brother Tony, who went on to become one of the game's great goalies. Unbelievably, Phil had a hard time at first even breaking into the NHL. He played for the St. Louis Braves in the Central Hockey League from 1962 until 1964. In his first year with the Braves, he scored 90 points in just 71 games and waited expectantly to be called up by the Chicago Black Hawks, the team that owned his rights. But the Hawks kept him waiting and he responded by recording another 80 points in just 43 games in his second year with the Braves before finally getting the call to the Hawks. He scored 23, 27 and 21 goals in his first three seasons in the Windy City, and fans of the team noted he was often in on key scoring situations with linemate Bobby Hull. But Esposito never felt that Hawks coach Billy Reay had very much confidence in him. Sure enough, he was shipped to the Boston Bruins for the 1967-68 season. The Black Hawks thought they were unloading an unproven talent to the Boston club, but in fact the trade only went in favor of the Bruins. Over his career in Beantown, he joined up with greats Bobby Orr, Wayne Cashman, Ken Hodge and Gerry Cheevers on a powerhouse team that won two Stanley Cups in three years. While Espo was gaining a reputation among NHL coaches and fans as a goal scorer, his fellow players were also beginning to recognize that they were dealing with a real character and a practical joker in the dressing room and on road trips. He liked to smoke cigars, and one reporter, noting his constantly furrowed brow and droopy expression, started calling him "the Happy Worrier." Besides these traits, teammates noticed that he was a player who stuck steadfastly to ritual. One night when a sore throat caused him to put on a black turtleneck, he played especially well. From then on, the turtleneck became a regular part of his game-time garb. This was just one example of the quirky Esposito's adherence to game-day habits. On the international front, Phil starred for Team Canada in the classic Summit Series as the leading individual scorer - with seven goals and six assists - and inspirational leader of the team that defeated the Soviets in the best eight-game series ever played. He joined brother Tony, who was teaming with Ken Dryden as the Canadian netminder on the legendary team. After the glory years in Boston, Esposito was traded to the New York Rangers early in the 1975-76 season and found life a lot different in the world's media capital. He had slowed down a step, and the critics were descending on him, perhaps because he had been such a brash character in his prime. After retiring from the Rangers, Esposito became one of the team's assistant coaches and then moved on to a position as a TV analyst for the Madison Square Garden network. In 1986 he was named vice-president and general manager of the Rangers, a position he later accepted with the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning when that team entered the league.
Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito had a trio of birthday celebrations. 1971: On his 29th birthday, Esposito becomes the fourth player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season, joining Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull and Bernie Geoffrion. The Boston Bruins center scores in a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum in Inglewood, California. 1972: Esposito celebrates his 30th birthday by scoring two goals, including his 50th of the season. He also has an assist in Boston's 3-1 win against the his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, at Chicago Stadium. It's Esposito's second straight 50-goal season. 1974: Two years later, Esposito again reaches 50 goals on his birthday. This time, he becomes the first player in NHL history with four straight 50-goal seasons by scoring three times for his 22nd NHL hat trick in Boston's 5-5 tie against the Minnesota North Stars at Met Center.
February 22, 1964: In one of the biggest trades in NHL history, the Toronto Maple Leafs send defensemen Arnie Brown and Rod Seiling with forwards Bill Collins, Dick Duff and Bob Nevin to the New York Rangers for forwards Andy Bathgate and Don McKenney. The trade works out well for each team: Bathgate and McKenney help Toronto win the Stanley Cup in 1964, and Brown, Seiling and Nevin are keys to the revival of the Rangers. In 1972 Seiling is a member of Team Canada in the historic Summit Series. Exactly 45 years later, the Rangers retire Bathgate's No. 9.
Francesca Wood's Grade 8 class at Loretto Elementary School in Niagara Falls focusing on growth mindset with 28-8 The Power of Teamwork program. Loretto is one of 8 Niagara Catholic District School Board schools running a pilot of Team Canada 72's National Curriculum Project - 28,800 Secoinds: The Power of Teamwork.