September 1972 Will Be a September To Remember

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst INovember 16, 2008

"I know what I felt at the end. I suspect most players felt the same. That is, that moment of celebration, of triumph, followed by incredible relief." Ken Dryden

"We were having a rough time in Moscow with the lousy hotels, phone calls to the players' rooms in the middle of the night, the Russians snatching much of the food we had sent over for the team, especially the steaks and beer, and the terrible officiating by the European officials. But a long cheer at the end of the first game in Moscow by the Canadian fans was a big lift for our spirits." Harry Sinden

"It was a beautiful summer, I was supposed to get married but I had to postpone the wedding three times and it wasn't easy. There were lots of other guys who wanted to marry my wife too. We were married on August 23rd. Two days later, I was back in training and a day after that the team left for Canada. I tell people I spent my honeymoon with Canadian hockey players."
Vladislav Tretiak

"Sometimes I felt it was a real war on ice. We shook hands before and after the games, but I'm not sure it was the handshake of sportsmanship. We were hockey rivals and each of us wanted to show the world our superiority." Boris Mikhailov

"Our coaches didn't allow us to shoot the puck into their zone. We were instructed to cross the blue line only by passing. The Canadians would dump the puck into our zone and chase after it. I don't know why our coaches thought this was a bad play. They scored a lot of goals this way." Gennady Tsygankov

"I'd never won the Stanley Cup so I asked Cournoyer right after the final if this was like winning the Cup. He said, 'This is ten times better.' I believed him." Dennis Hull

"I remember going to the Forum and watching their first practice. They had these funny jerseys on like army vests. You expected when they turned around to see parachutes on their backs. We had no idea that the first game of the series would be played with the same intensity as the seventh game of a Stanley Cup final." Pat Stapleton

"Who says nothing lasts forever? This series will". - Guy Lapointe

"Prior to each game in Canada, the players were introduced by our numbers. I remember standing ovations for Frank Mahovlich and then silence for myself and then another standing ovation for Ken Dryden. It was a humbling experience." Bobby Clarke

"Before the series began, we were advised that their calibre of hockey would not be as high as ours. Boy - were we in for a shock." Vic Hadfield