"It was a war. Our society versus theirs."— Phil Esposito
One of the National Hockey League's legendary players said it best. Sunday, September 2, marks the 40th anniversary of the start of that war—the 1972 Summit Series between Team Canada and the U.S.S.R.
This eight-game exhibition between the two hockey superpowers turned out to be a nail-biting, take your breath away, winner-take-all grudge match that spanned nearly an entire month.
The Canadian squad was proud and powerful, with an established tradition of excellence in the sport. The Russians had become major players on the international stage. However, they were determined to prove they belonged in the same breath as the boys from the Great White North when it came to on-ice supremacy.
There were several major moments in the landmark series that featured everything from spectacular goals to downright dirty tactics. But there were five that stood out among the rest.
Read on, for a look back at hockey history.