1972 SUMMIT SERIES Team Signed Postcard-BOBBY ORR-ESPOSITO-12 Autographs. Signatures include Phil Esposto, Bobby Orr, Dale Tallon, Ron Ellis, Bobby Clark, Mickey Redmond, Gary Bergman, Marcel Dionne, Brad Park, Don Awrey, Ed Johnston, Wayne Cashman, Postcard was sent to my father from the Team Doctor who got the Players to Sign. Item is over 40 years and shows well for its age, item measures 4x5 inches, signatures are very nice. Items has paper missing from backside where it was glued in a album years ago. The Series was played at a time when only amateurs were allowed to play in the Olympic Games.
The Soviet players, who had Olympic experience, were amateurs by strict definition only, as they were elite players playing hockey full-time in their native country. Some were given other titular professions e. Army soldiers playing full-time for the Central Red Army hockey team to maintain amateur status for Olympic eligibility. Team Canada featured the country's best professional NHLers, who by virtue of this status were ineligible for Olympic competition. For this reason, Canada had ceased competing in the IIHF World Championships and Winter Olympics after 1969.
At the time, the National Hockey League, and also its best players, consisted largely of Canadians and was considered to be where the best hockey players played. The public consensus of hockey pundits and fans in North America was that other countries, the Soviets in this case, were simply no match for Canada's best. The Soviets were not expected to even give the Canadians a challenge, and Canada was going into this series expected to win eight games to zero. Said Harry Sinden, Canada is first in the world in two things: hockey and wheat.The eight-game series consisted of four games in Canada, held in Montreal (Montreal Forum), Toronto (Maple Leaf Gardens), Winnipeg (Winnipeg Arena) and Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum) and four games in the Soviet Union, all of them held in Moscow at the Luzhniki Ice Palace. The series was played at the height of the Cold War, and intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest in both Canada and the Soviet Union. The series was of particular interest to Canadians due to the fact that Canada is the birthplace of hockey.
The games showcased many great Soviet players previously unknown in North America, such as Valeri Kharlamov, Alexander Yakushev and especially Vladislav Tretiak, who dominated several of the series' games. Against the stiffest competition they had ever faced, Team Canada revealed during the series the leadership of prolific scorer Phil Esposito, as well as the quieter contributions of solid NHL veterans like Paul Henderson and Gary Bergman. Canada's Bobby Orr, the most dominant NHL player at the time, was named to the team but did not play because of a knee injury. Bobby Hull, another dominant player, was selected for the team by coach Harry Sinden, but was ruled ineligible to play because of his defection from the NHL to the rival World Hockey Association.
Alan Eagleson, a player agent and the future disgraced head of the National Hockey League Players Association, was involved in forming the Canadian team. He was also considered to be responsible for the decision to exclude Hull and other WHA stars, such as Gerry Cheevers and Derek Sanderson.Some NHL owners also threatened not to free their players to participate if WHA players were permitted. Top Corner Collectibles guarantees our autographs to be Authentic. All Our Autographs are from Autographed hockey collection from over 70 years all collecting started by my father in the 1950. We have over 50 years experience in hockey card and Autograph collecting.
We will provide COA, s upon request COA is from Top Corner Collectibles. All payments in US Funds. I had perfect feedback for 12 years before that and always pride myself on having high customer service. The item "1972 SUMMIT SERIES Team Signed Postcard-BOBBY ORR-ESPOSITO-12 Autographs" is in sale since Tuesday, July 10, 2018. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Autographs-Original\Hockey-NHL\Index Cards".The seller is "tccollect99" and is located in Dunnville. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Canada, Mexico, Australia.