1974 Summit Series

The 1974 Summit Series was the second of two competitions between Soviet and Canadian professional ice hockey players. Canada was represented by World Hockey Association players instead of the National Hockey League players that played in the 1972 Summit Series. The Soviet team won the series 4–1–3 over Canada. The format was the same as the 1972 Summit Series, with four games across Canada and four in Moscow. Canada's lone victory came at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.[citation needed]

1974 Summit Series
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
In Canada
Game oneCanada 3 – 3 USSR
Game twoCanada 4 – 1 USSR
Game threeUSSR 8 – 5 Canada
Game fourCanada 5 – 5 USSR
In the Soviet Union
Game fiveUSSR 3 – 2 Canada
Game sixUSSR 5 – 2 Canada
Game sevenCanada 4 – 4 USSR
Game eightUSSR 3 – 2 Canada

Negotiations for the event started at the 1974 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, when Andrey Starovoytov of the Soviet Union approached Jack Devine and Gordon Juckes of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association regarding having another series.[1] Initially the event was to be a six-game series,[2] but it was later extended to eight games.[3]

WHA players had been banned from playing in the 1972 series. Bobby Hull, who had just jumped from the NHL to the Winnipeg Jets, had been named to the Canadian team by Harry Sinden, but was not allowed to participate. The 1974 series was an opportunity for Hull and 46-year-old Gordie Howe to play for Canada against the Soviet team. The number one goaltender was Gerry Cheevers who played in seven of the eight games, missing game three to attend the funeral of his father. Goaltenders Don McLeod and Gilles Gratton were the backup goalies for Team Canada. Vladislav Tretiak and Alexander Sidelnikov were the goaltenders for the Soviets, with Tretiak playing in seven of the eight games, missing game eight.[citation needed]

In 1974, the two-season-old WHA was largely composed of players scavenged from the minor leagues mixed with a few NHL stars and aging veterans. Playing on both the 1972 and 1974 teams for Canada were Paul Henderson, Frank Mahovlich and Pat Stapleton. The last active player from the series was Mark Howe, who retired in 1995.[citation needed] Team Canada players were paid C$6,000 each for participating in the series.[4]


USSR Wins Series 4–1–3

Scoring leadersEdit

  1.   Bobby Hull (7g, 2a, 9pts)
  2.   Alexander Yakushev (5g, 3a, 8pts)
  3.   Ralph Backstrom (4g, 4a, 8pts)
  4.   Gordie Howe (3g, 4a, 7pts)
  5.   Valeri Kharlamov (2g, 5a, 7pts)
  6.   Vladimir Petrov (1g, 6a, 7pts)
  7.   André Lacroix (1g, 6a, 7pts)
  8.   Boris Mikhailov (4g, 2a, 6pts)
  9.   Mark Howe (2g, 4a, 6pts)
  10.   John McKenzie (2g, 3a, 5pts)


Like it was with the original Summit Series in 1972, CBC and CTV split the coverage, with CTV carrying Games 1, 3, 6 and 7, while CBC aired Games 2, 4, 5 (?) and 8. CTV produced the telecasts. Johnny Esaw called the games for CTV, while Don Chevrier called the action for CBC. Howie Meeker was the colour commentator for all of the games. Both Esaw and Chevrier conducted intermission and post-game interviews during the games either one did not do play-by-play for. In the Soviet Union, coverage was orchestrated by the Ministry of Telecommunications. The first 4 games of the broadcast also featured the Gamerecorder which was the first statistics computer used in professional sports and a print of the Gamerecorder has now been accepted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[5]

DVD releaseEdit

In December 2006, Hockey Canada and the Hockey Hall of Fame approved the release of a 1974 Summit Series boxset.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Wallace, Craig (2009). The Forgotten Summit. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-557-04556-3.
  2. ^ Svoboda, Chuck (April 30, 1974). "Team Canada 74: Production of the WHA". Brandon Sun. Brandon, Manitoba. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Plans finalized for Soviet-WHA series". Brandon Sun. Brandon, Manitoba. May 27, 1974. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "Roundup of short sport". Lethbridge Herald. Lethbridge, Alberta. December 5, 1974. p. 16. 
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/74SummitSeries/

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