1974 Summit Series
The 1974 Summit Series was the second of two competitions between Soviet and Canadian professional ice hockey players. Canada was represented by World Hockey Association players instead of National Hockey League players, as it had been in the 1972 Summit Series. The Soviet team won the series 4-1-3 over Canada. The format was the same as the 1972 Summit Series, with four games across Canada and four in Moscow. Canada's lone victory came at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
WHA players had been banned from playing in the 1972 series. Bobby Hull, who had just jumped from the NHL to the Winnipeg Jets, had been named to the Canadian team by Harry Sinden, but was not allowed to participate. The 1974 series was an opportunity for Hull and 46-year old Gordie Howe to play for Canada against the Soviet team.
In 1974, the two-season-old WHA was largely composed of players scavenged from the minor leagues mixed with a few NHL stars and aging veterans. Playing on both the 1972 and 1974 teams for Canada were Paul Henderson, Frank Mahovlich and Pat Stapleton. The last active player from the series was Mark Howe, who retired in 1995.
USSR Wins Series 4-1-3
- September 17: Canada 3-3 USSR played in Quebec City, Quebec
- September 19: Canada 4-1 USSR played in Toronto, Ontario
- September 21: USSR 8-5 Canada played in Winnipeg, Manitoba
- September 23: Canada 5-5 USSR played in Vancouver, British Columbia
- October 1: USSR 3-2 Canada played in Moscow
- October 3: USSR 5-2 Canada played in Moscow
- October 5: USSR 4-4 Canada played in Moscow
- October 6: USSR 3-2 Canada played in Moscow
- Bobby Hull (7g, 2a, 9pts)
- Alexander Yakushev (5g, 3a, 8pts)
- Ralph Backstrom (4g, 4a, 8pts)
- Gordie Howe (3g, 4a, 7pts)
- Valeri Kharlamov (2g, 5a, 7pts)
- Vladimir Petrov (1g, 6a, 7pts)
- André Lacroix (1g, 6a, 7pts)
- Boris Mikhailov (4g, 2a, 6pts)
- Mark Howe (2g, 4a, 6pts)
- John McKenzie (2g, 3a, 5pts)
Like it was with the original Summit Series in 1972, CBC and CTV split the coverage, with CTV carrying Games 1, 3, 6 and 7, while CBC aired Games 2, 4, 5 (?) and 8. CTV produced the telecasts. Johnny Esaw called the games for CTV, while Don Chevrier called the action for CBC. Howie Meeker was the colour commentator for all of the games. Both Esaw and Chevrier conducted intermission and post-game interviews during the games either one did not do play-by-play for. In the Soviet Union, coverage was orchestrated by the Ministry of Telecommunications.
In December 2006, Hockey Canada and the Hockey Hall of Fame approved the release of a 1974 Summit Series boxset. The original master tapes of the series were destroyed long ago, but a pirated recording was recently uncovered and donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame. With Video Service Corp, seven of the eight games of the series were released on a 4-DVD set with a 1970s Summit Series documentary as a bonus feature. Game 5 of the series was not included in the boxset as it was mostly lost through poor television transmission and is thought to be lost for good . VSC was the same company that released the boxset for the 1976 Canada Cup.
- 1972 Summit Series
- List of international ice hockey competitions featuring NHL players
- Canada Cup
- Super Series