Sean R.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair

72 Summit Series

The ‘72 Summit Series is about Canada's game, our national identity and our pride. In 1972 we stood tall, defended our society and our game. This series brought Canadians together like never before. For those reasons the Summit Series is one of the most important events in Canadian history!



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

My research of the '72 Summit Series showed me what it means to be Canadian. We have heart, grit and determination and are fiercely loyal to our country, teammates and our game. My interview with Team Canada's Ron Ellis made me realize how important the series was to the players, the fans and the country.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned not only about how different the Canadian and Russian hockey teams were but also how different the two political systems were. It was viewed as good v. evil, democracy v. communism, toughness v. finesse and team play. I didn't realize that the fans in Vancouver had booed Team Canada and I really appreciated Phil Esposito's defence of the team.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I am a hockey player. I have learned that the game has changed since 1972 largely because of the way the Russians played the game. As Canadians we adopted their fitness and team style of play. With the increase in global travel I think people have a much better appreciation and understanding of other societies than we did in 1972.