Scott Morrison is one of the most trusted and respected journalists in Canadian sports. His new book 1972: The Series that Changed Hockey Forever relives the 1972 Summit Series — eight games that became the launching pad for international hockey.
In this episode of Chatter That Matters, broken down into three periods of play, Morrison chats with Tony Chapman about his book, the series and the stories that made up one of the most dramatic sporting showdowns in history.
Morrison describes how he pulled out vivid memories and anecdotes from a series that happened 50 years ago and shares how the players remember every moment of it, five decades later. He recounts the shock and disappointment the Canadians felt after losing Game One to a better-conditioned team, and the way the Canadian players came together to play for their country. He talks about the leadership and impact of Phil Esposito, the reaction to Bobby Clarke’s slash on Valeri Kharlamov and the effect of Bobby Hull and Bobby Orr’s absence from the team.
Finally, listeners are taken back to the series-ending game, the mood of the players, the strategy in the dressing room and the goal heard around the world.
A seasoned journalist with an intense passion for the game and talent for storytelling, Scott Morrison’s take on the series, the game of hockey today and the importance of minor sports are a hat-trick not to be missed.
Tony Chapman created the Chatter That Matters podcast to counter the storm of negativity and impossibility with true stories of ordinary people who do extraordinary things. He chats with Olympians, Advocates, Celebrities, Leaders, and people who battled what seemed like insurmountable odds.
In doing, listeners hear life lessons that inspire all of us to do more and to be more, to help us get to where we need, want and deserve to go. RBC is the presenting sponsor.
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