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The Michigan Daily
Thursday. March 26, 1987
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BY SCOTT G. MILLER
M Notch a victory for diplomacy.
Last week the 1972 Canada Cup participants met again in a series
,appropriately named "Relive the Dream." The 1972 series shattered the
dream of Canadian hockey supremacy. While Team Canada won, 4-3-1,
the Soviets surprisingly proved a worthy opponent.
Fifteen years later, in a three-game series, the Canadians won again,
2-1. Time diminished the level of competition but not the level pride.
"Anytime you play against the Soviets they command your best,"
said Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson, who played in both
matches. "I don't think there is a hatred, but there is an emotion.
Maybe it is like playing the Stanley Cup champions. Since 1972 they
have commanded that kind of respect, and they get it."
IT TOOK only one period for the Soviets to gain that respect in
1972. Exhaustion struck the Canadians immediately, recalls Berenson.
The players started to second guess themselves as did hockey experts all
across Canada. In the fifth game, the Soviet rebounded from a 5-1
deficit by scoring six straight goals to win the contest. Despite the
loss, Team Canada knew it could succeed. The team had outplayed the
Soviets for two periods.
The Canadians responded with three-straight victories, as Paul
Henderson notched the winner in the eighth and deciding contest. The
national game of Canada underwent evaluation and change. Canadians
learned the Soviets use of a free-flowing offense rather than an up-and-
down style and the need to perfect basic skills.
"(The Canadians) had never put our best against the Russians' best,"
said Berenson. "We had a feeling of stifled confidence or snobbery. We
knew they were good but not how good."
Good Soviet preparation helped them surprise Team Canada in 1972.
Team Canada could only scrimmage against itself to prepare because the
NHL season had not begun.
"The Soviets are smart," said Berenson, who could have been the
most famous player in the Soviet Union because of his nickname Red.
"They don't get into anything that they expect to do poorly at just like
the University of Michigan. They caught us with our pants down."
BOTH TEAMS were caught with their pants down in last week's
matchup. Most of the players are over 40 years old, and all of them
have retired from playing hockey. "Relive the Dream" was more social
and more fun than its counterpart in 1972. Without the political
spotlight, the players could enjoy the game they love for what it is -
an athletic contest and not a battle of ideological superiority.
Too often games against the Soviets have turned ugly. Just a few
months ago, at the Canadian Junior National Tournament, the Canadian
and Russian squads engaged in a full-scale melee. The referees left the
ice and turned off the lights to try to end the brawl. The players in the
"Relive the Dream" series, on the other hand, exchanged jerseys as the
series came to a close.
Of course, politics were not totally absent. The Soviet authorities
prohibited their team from drinking at a reception in the Montreal
Forum after game two. But Berenson and his teammates found a
solution to the Soviet's problem.
"We went to the hotel and invited some of them up to our rooms,
and they came with some of their teammates," said Berenson, who
'Anytime you play against
the Soviets they command
your best. I don't think
there is a hatred, but there
is an emotion. Maybe it is
like playing the Stanley
Cu champions. Since
1972 they have
commanded that kind of
respect, and they get it.'
- Red Berenson
scored one goal in the series. "So we had eight of them up there and
really had a great time. It was the best I felt about the Russians since I
have been involved in this type of series.
"There was still a bit of a wall there with communication. At times
it was like playing charades."
The universal love for Vodka destroyed those walls. They toasted
Wings lose, gain playoff spot
DETROIT (AP) - Jimmy
Carson and Luc Robitaille, the
'NHL's highest scoring rookies,
each scored goals last night as the
Los Angeles Kings beat the Detroit
Red Wings, 6-1, in an NHL game.
Detroit, which scored its only
goal on a penalty shot by Mel
Bridgman, nonetheless clinched a
playoff spot when Minnesota beat
Toronto, 6-2, eliminating the
Maple Leafs from postseason
After Bridgman beat Kings'
goaltender Roland Melanson 5:13
into the game, the Kings bounced
back with the six goals, three on
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Sean McKenna and Steve
Duchesne each scored their 12th
goals of the season in the first
period to give Los Angeles the lead.
North Stars 6, Leafs 2
TORONTO - Mark Pavelich
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Wendel Clark and Dan Daoust
scored for the Leafs.
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