Discussion

Europeans break through leadership barrier

Updated: October 18, 2006, 11:38 AM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

We couldn't pronounce their names. That was for sure.

Solodukhin and Tsygankov and Lutchenko and on it went.

So there were the names, and there was so much more about the Soviet Union's national hockey team that seemed strange and unfamiliar when it traveled to North America in August 1972 for what would become the famous Summit Series with Team Canada.

The Canadians, from players to fans, were cocky and overconfident, so it was easy to chuckle when the Soviet ...

Read full story

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

MORE NHL HEADLINES

MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM