Vladislav Tretiak stoned Team Canada in Game 1 of the 1972 Summit Series. Forty years later, photographed here in his Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel suite in January 2012, he’s loved by fans in Montreal, where he enjoyed some of his greatest games.
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Forty years ago on Sept. 2, 1972, Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak stunned Team Canada and the world of hockey with a brilliant performance to backstop his team to a 7-3 Montreal Forum win over the host nation.
Game 1 of the historic 1972 Summit Series lifted the curtain on the most important hockey series in history.
Dave Stubbs remembers Tretiak’s performance and the lasting impact he’s had on the game and on fans in Montreal, who love him today and welcome him warmly every time he returns to this city.
Below: Tretiak in January 1972, eight months before the Summit Series.
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Below: Tretiak’s brick in the Canadiens’ Bell Centre Centennial Plaza.
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