It’s Time to Stop Celebrating the Summit Series

By Adam Laskaris (@adam_laskaris)

The 1972 Summit Series is, at its core, one of the greatest hockey narratives of all time.

Just look at the “Reflecting on the 1972 Summit Series” post from earlier this week (or Part 2 of the same name)  looking at over 20 different perspectives of the series, and it’s easy to see the massive impact those eight games had.

It’s the story, that, if you’re Canadian you tell your children about, and your grandkids, if you’re lucky.

If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably already got a good grasp of the events of the Series. If not, there’s more material about it to read and watch than likely any other hockey competition in history.

It’s almost a larger-than-life, comic-book like historic battle between two great powers.

But it’s now been 44 years since the famous game-winning goal by Paul Henderson (or three goals, if you want to be more specific), and enough time has passed to end the love affair with the series.

No, we shouldn’t forget it, but let’s stop glorifying it.

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