The '72 "Summit Seies", which would come to be known as the "cold war on ice". An eight game ice hockey series, pitting Canada vs. USSR. Finally, some of the best NHLers vs soviets. Due to a no WHA player policy, Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull were unable to suit up for Team Canada.
First four games held in Canada, September 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. The other four games played in Moscow, September 22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th, 1972.
Thinking it would be a cakewalk, Canada didn't take it too seriously, at first. Game 1, Canada lost 7-3. By the time the games in Canada were finished, Canada was down 2-1-1. The fans booed Team Canada, as they left the ice, following Game 4 in Vancouver. Phil Esposito responded with an "Address to the Nation". The series shifted to Moscow. Here there was questionable officiating, some good play and some nasty play. Amongst the nasty stuff: Clarke's two handed whack to Kharlamov's ankle, soviet players spitting in the faces of canadians and also kicking them with their skates during scrums, notably Mikhailov slicing through Bergman's shin pad.
Game 8 - series tied 3-3-1. In the first three minutes some questionable calls against Canada, by a W. German ref. In the fourth minute, J.P. Parise incensed after a call against him, skates at the ref stick raised. He (rightfully) got a 10 minute misconduct plus was ejected from the game. Canada digs in. Later in the game, a goal judge is slow/doesn't light the goal light following a goal by Team Canada. Alan Eagleson (in the crowd) loses his cool, soviet soldiers ready to lead him out. Canadian players jump the boards, Pete Mahovlich with stick in hand, "rescue" Eagleson and escort him to the Team Canada bench. A goal by Team Canada, putting them up 6-5, scored by Paul Henderson with 36 seconds remaing and the play-by-play call by Foster Hewitt, would be engraved into the minds of canadians, "the goal heard around the world".
For me, this is my earliest "where were you when" memory. Sitting in one of the gyms in public school (I was in grade two at the time), watching it on tv. Some of the stuff in my collection: 20th anniversary hockey card set (101 cards), Silver anniversary vhs set - 4 tapes with a documentary "September 1972" plus all of Game 8 and the 30th anniversary DVD set - all eight games plus bonus material, on 4 DVDs.
Info about the series with game summaries, player bios and more: http://www.1972summitseries.com/index.html