MPs honour 1972 Summit Series players to mark 50th anniversary

Members of Parliament took a break from politics Thursday to honour Team Canada players who participated in the legendary 1972 Summit Series.

Parliamentarians made statements marking the 50th anniversary of a key moment in Canadian sports history: the eight-game series played by Canada and the Soviet Union in September 1972.

Canada ultimately won the series in dramatic fashion when Paul Henderson scored in the dying seconds of the final game to propel the team to a record of four wins, three losses and one tie.

“Everyone loves a good comeback story, especially one that united the whole country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his address.

Speaker of the House Anthony Rota read out a list of the players in attendance — including Ken Dryden, Serge Savard and Paul Henderson — to vigorous applause.

“They weren’t only heroes because they won the series,” Trudeau said. “They were all heroes because they taught us a lesson. They showed us how grit and hard work pays off.”

MPs honour 1972 Summit Series players to mark 50th anniversary (yahoo.com)

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