The Greatest Game: The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army, and the Night That Saved Hockey

The Greatest Game: The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army, and the Night That Saved Hockey

Todd Denault


This online game wasn't approximately cash, issues, or trophies. in its place it was once performed for delight, either own and nationwide. It used to be a war of words 20 years within the making and it marked a turning aspect within the historical past of hockey.

On December 31, 1975, the Montreal Canadiens, the main winning franchise within the NHL, hosted the traveling imperative pink military, the dominant workforce within the Soviet Union. for 3 hours hundreds of thousands of individuals in either Canada and the Soviet Union have been glued to their tv units. What transpired that night used to be a video game that handed all of the hype and used to be accordingly often called "the maximum video game ever played." Held on the top of the chilly warfare, this extraordinary contest transcended activities and took on severe cultural, sociological, and political overtones. And whereas the ultimate outcome used to be a 3-3 tie, not anyone who observed the sport used to be left upset. This exhibition of ability used to be hockey at its most interesting, and it set the bar for what was once to stick with because the activity started its international expansion.

From the Hardcover edition.

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