First words: Our man talks to the PM / Team Canada Trivia
I’ve got to hand it to my brother Tom Wall, who wrote the story on Team Canada 1972 that forms part of our salute to hockey heroes.
Tom has written numerous profiles for us including a fine article on Frank Mahovlich and also on such political leaders as Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Now was his chance to combine hockey and politics. Prime Minister Harper is known to be a big fan of the game so Tom pestered the PM’s office to ask about Team Canada and finally was granted the right to address the PM. Harper was coming to Toronto for a photo op and the day before, Tom was told he could ask one question, among four Harper would answer. Harper arrived amidst a phalanx of motorcycle police, shutting down the expressway into town. Tom got the sniffer-dog treatment, sat in a lockdown, and finally got the go-ahead.
As the assembled members of the media gazed on the interloper quizzically, Harper listened and spoke: “Well, I don’t think anyone who was alive at that particular time is really going to forget where they were. I was in the gymnasium at John G. Aldhouse middle school [in Toronto] along with several other grade 7s and 8s watching the great moment, not just the Henderson goal but the great come-from-behind victory.
And I should just say that, one of the advantages as Prime Minister is that you get to meet so many people. And I’ve had the opportunity to meet Paul Henderson and to meet many members of that team ever since. They’re all great Canadians.”
Thanks Bro. Hope that dog was not too invasive, nyuk nyuk! Film at 11.
– Don Wall
Team Canada Trivia
• Which well-known CTV broadcaster of the day, in a fit of rhetorical excess, enthused, "This is the greatest event in the history of sport."
Answer: Pat Marsden
• What Canadian players left the team in Europe because they were not getting much ice time?
Answer: Vic Hadfield, Jocelyn Guevremont, Rick Martin
• Who was the third goalie on Team Canada?
Answer: Eddie Johnston, Boston Bruins
• Which Canadian players went on to continue serving their country in Parliament?
Answer, Frank Mahovlich, Senator; Ken Dryden, MP.
• Which top Canadian players were not invited to play for Team Canada because they had signed with the WHA?
Answer: Bobby Hull, Gerry Cheevers, Derek Sanderson, JC Tremblay
• Which piece of Team Canada memorabilia was recently sold at auction to an American buyer for $1,275,000?
Answer: Paul Henderson's sweater
• Which Canadian hockey player was told by assistant coach John Ferguson to give 'a little tap' to Russian star Valeri Kharlamov, subsequently breaking his ankle and rendering him unable to finish the series?
Answer: Bobby Clarke.
• How many fans followed the Canadian Team to Moscow to watch the games in Russia? 3000
Esposito speech, after game 4:
"To the people across Canada, we tried. We gave it our best. To the people who booed us, geez, all of us guys are really disheartened. We're disillusioned and disappointed. We cannot believe the bad press we've got, the booing we've got in our own building.
"I'm completely disappointed. I cannot believe it. Every one of us guys – 35 guys – we came out because we love our country. Not for any other reason. We came because we love Canada," he ranted off the top of his head.