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Team Canada 1972

"To the people across Canada, we're trying our best…I don't think it's fair that we should be booed." - Phil Esposito

"It was war and, yes, hell for us whether we wanted it or not." - Phil Esposito

"The Canadians battled with the ferocity and intensity of a cornered animal." - Soviet coach Anatoli Tarasov

"I think about it [Henderson's series winning goal] every day of my life." - Soviet netminder Vladislav Tretiak

The Canadian squad was minus Bobby Orr due to off-season knee surgery, as well as Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe and Gerry Cheevers. It was stipulated that only players signed to NHL contracts could participate for Canada - Hull, Howe and Cheevers had all jumped to the upstart WHA

Clarke beat out Dave Keon for the final spot on Team Canada's roster

In the Soviet Union, Canadian players Jocelyn Guevremont, Vic Hadfield, Rick Martin, and Gilbert Perreault all left the team and returned home because they weren't being used by coach Harry Sinden

After calling out three times, Henderson coaxed Pete Mahovlich off the ice and jumped over the boards to score the most famous goal of the century when he poked in his own rebound past Vladislav Tretiak with 34 seconds left to give Team Canada the 1972 Summit Series victory. He also scored the deciding goal in each of the previous two Summit contests as Canada rallied to win the series

  Series Record: 4-3-1

Hockey Hall of Famers: (15)
Bobby Clarke, Yvan Cournoyer, Marcel Dionne (did not play), Ken Dryden, Phil Esposito, Tony Esposito, Rod Gilbert, Guy Lapointe, Frank Mahovlich, Stan Mikita, Bobby Orr (did not play), Brad Park, Gilbert Perreault, Jean Ratelle, Serge Savard

Other Star Contributors:
Gary Bergman, Wayne Cashman, Ron Ellis, Paul Henderson, Dennis Hull, J.P. Parise, Pat Stapleton, Bill White

Team Leaders:
Goals: 7 (Phil Esposito and Paul Henderson) Assists: 6 (Phil Esposito)
Points: 13 (Phil Esposito)
Wins: 2 (Ken Dryden & Tony Esposito)

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