Red Fisher on 40th anniversary of Summit Series

September marks the 40th anniversary of the Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, which changed the game forever.

Longtime hockey fans have been asking themselves since then: Where were you when Paul Henderson scored The Goal?

Red Fisher was right there. In fact, the legendary hockey writer was there for all eight games, the first four in Canada and the last four in the Soviet Union.

Red announced his retirement from The Gazette this summer after 57 years covering hockey and the Canadiens, but is making a brief comeback this month to write an eight-part feature series on the Summit Series, looking back on each of the games. You can read his introduction to the series, which was published in Saturday’s Gazette, by clicking here . Click here to read his story on Game 1, which was played on Sept. 2, 1972 and ended with the Soviets shocking Team Canada and an entire country with a 7-3 victory.

During the month Red will look back on the seven other games, with his articles to be published on the same dates they were played in 1972: Sept. 4, 6 and 8 in Canada, and Sept. 22, 24, 26 and 28 in the Soviet Union.

The Gazette will also be publishing reader memories from the 1972 series. Email your memories to sports editor Stu Cowan at or go to Please include your full name and hometown.

To read Cowan’s column on why he thinks Henderson should finally be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on the 40th anniversary of the Summit Series click here

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)


  1. Rad says:

    Too bad about Hudon. The kid was having a breakout year right from the get-go, and now he’s on the shelf.

    On a side note, I am hoping that Archambault comes out of his lethargy this year and shows why he was drafted. Stocky, good speed, good moves, can score. It’s all between the ears with him. Come on Olivier, grow up — show us the player Trevor Timmins thought you could be!

  2. HabFab says:

    Update on Hudon, it is his ankle. They must be having a hard time determining extent of injury due to swelling. Below is a Google translation from Cyberpresse as is;

    Uncertainty about the state of Charles Hudon
    It is too early to comment on the duration of the absence of Charles Hudon. It will take a few hours or a few days.
    The striker 18 has injured his ankle during Friday night’s game against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Hope Canadian fell heavily in the band after a fight for the puck with another organization hopes of Montreal, Olivier Archambault. Hudon has lost his leg and foot absorbed the shock.

  3. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I’m glad to see, by a wide majority, most agree that Paul Henderson should be in the HHoF.

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