Members of Parliament took a break from politics Thursday to honor Crew Canada gamers who participated within the legendary 1972 Summit Sequence.
Parliamentarians made statements marking the 50th anniversary of a key second in Canadian sports activities historical past: the eight-game collection performed by Canada and the Soviet Union in September 1972.
Canada in the end gained the collection in dramatic style when Paul Henderson scored within the dying seconds of the ultimate recreation to propel the crew to a document of 4 wins, three losses and one tie.
“Everybody loves a superb comeback story, particularly one which unites the entire nation,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated in his tackle.
Speaker of the Home Anthony Rota learn out a listing of the gamers in attendance — together with Ken Dryden, Serge Savard and Paul Henderson — to vigorous applause.
“They weren’t solely heroes as a result of they gained the collection,” Trudeau stated. “They had been all heroes as a result of they taught us a lesson. They confirmed us how grit and exhausting work pays off.”
‘Chilly Warfare on ice’
Earlier than 1972, NHL gamers had not performed for Crew Canada in worldwide competitors. Thought-about heavy favorites, the Canadian facet featured among the largest names within the sport.
The collection began poorly for the Canadians, nonetheless, when the crew fell behind in a 7-Three recreation one defeat.
Trailing 3-1-1 with three video games to play, the crew would go undefeated to shut the collection with a successful document — capped by Henderson’s iconic purpose, scored with 34 seconds left within the closing recreation.
“It was to be the true check of hockey supremacy, performed underneath the shadow of a a lot deadlier contest for international supremacy,” Conservative Chief Pierre Poilievre stated. “On the time, the collection had change into — to borrow the title of the 40th anniversary documentary — the Chilly Warfare on ice.”
On a day that noticed Poilievre face off in query interval with Trudeau for the primary time since successful the Conservative management race, reminiscences of a golden second in hockey historical past introduced an uncharacteristic degree of cross-partisan consensus.
“Hockey — it brings us collectively,” Henderson, 79, informed CBC’s Energy and Politics on Thursday.
“In ’72, it was the entire nation.”