Thursday, September 8, 2016

1976 Canada Cup Program

As the World Cup of Hockey approaches, let's have a look at the souvenir program from it's pre-cursor, the very first Canada Cup in 1976. After the tremendous interest of the 1972 Summit Series and the subsequent 1974 re-match with WHA stars, the Canada Cup tournament was born in 1976. Even though it was won by Canada over Czechoslovakia, the event lacked much of the high drama of the Summit Series. Bellows a look at most of the interior of the program for the tournament.






The lineup and schedule pages are shown below. 
The great thing about this program is that it includes rare images of Team Canada '72 in games against Sweden and Czechoslovakia. Below is a shot of Ken Dryden being challenged by a Czech player in a 3-3 tie in Prague. The game took place a mere two days after Canada's triumph in Moscow and once again Canada pulled out late heroics with Serge Savard tying the game with only four seconds left. The broadcast of this game can be found here.

 As a tune-up for the Soviets, Canada played two games in Sweden prior to travelling to Moscow. Canada won 4-1 then tied 4-4 in a pair of penalty filled affairs.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a 72 Series Program somewhere on a shelf. Almost the same visual style.

No hint of the drama to come.

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