2007 Super Series

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The 2007 Super Series (Russian: Суперсерия 2007; French: 2007 Super Série) was an eight-game Under-20 ice hockey challenge between Russia and Canada. The series was won by Canada, who shocked the Russians with seven wins and one tie (there was no overtime in this series). Over the course of the eight games, Canada outscored Russia 39-13. The Series was held from August 27 to September 9 in various venues in both countries. The event commemorated the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between the USSR and Canada.

It was reported on March 28, 2007 in a Moscow-based daily newspaper that Russian prime minister Mikhail Fradkov was keen for a third Summit Series to mark the 35th anniversary of the original 1972 series. According to the paper, Fradkov called upon Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper to support consideration for another Summit Series. Journalist Vsevolod Kukushkin, an interpreter for the Soviet team in the 1972 series, reported that the first to suggest a new Series was Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson. Kukushkin wrote in his article:

In Nicholson's opinion the situation is very good now for such a series. Since the 1972 series, which was one of the most important sports events of the last century, a generation of players and fans have come and gone ... and a new generation of fans and players in both countries deserve to see such a great product.

Canada raised some eyebrows in Russia when head coach Brent Sutter had all his players 'run the gauntlet' during a practice before the first game.[1]

The first four games were played in Russia where Canada won all four games, and the next four games were in Canada where the Canadian team had three wins and tied the Russians in the seventh game.

The Super Series' Most Valuable Player and leading scorer was Canada's Sam Gagner. Canada's Kyle Turris was the top goal scorer in the series.

Ufa Arena fog issues[edit]

There were issues with fog on the ice during some of the games in Russia.[2] The rinks used were very new, and some issues with the air conditioning still needed to be worked out. When the fog got severe, the on ice officials would have the players skate around the rink during stoppages in play to attempt to disperse the fog. This caused some issues, when Canada's Brad Marchand took a misconduct penalty while skating around his zone.


Date Local Time UTC Location Score Winner
August 27 19:00 13:00 Ufa Arena, Ufa Canada 4 - 2 Russia Canada
August 29 19:00 13:00 Ufa Arena, Ufa Canada 3 - 0 Russia Canada
August 31 19:00 12:00 Omsk Arena, Omsk Canada 6 - 2 Russia Canada
September 1 17:00 10:00 Omsk Arena, Omsk Canada 4 - 2 Russia Canada
September 4 19:00 00:00 MTS Centre, Winnipeg Russia 1 - 8 Canada Canada
September 5 19:00 00:00 Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon Russia 1 - 4 Canada Canada
September 7 20:00 02:00 Enmax Centrium, Red Deer Russia 4 - 4 Canada Draw
September 9 17:00 00:00 General Motors Place, Vancouver Russia 1 - 6 Canada Canada

Team records[edit]

Russia: 0 W - 7 L - 1 T
Canada: 7 W - 0 L - 1 T

Game summaries[edit]

Game one[edit]

Game summary[edit]

The Russians got off to a flying start, as the Canadians seemed sluggish to begin the series, turning the puck over in the neutral zone many times early in the first period. Viacheslav Solodukhin of Russia scored the first goal of the tournament, giving the home team a 1-0 lead at 6:46. Alexander Ryabev made the game 2-0 with a power play goal three minutes and 13 seconds later, on a shot that could have been easily stopped by Canadian goalie Steve Mason. Canada's Stefan Legein replied at 15:47 to make it 2-1 Russia with a slap shot right through the wickets of Russian goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Kyle Turris scored on a penalty shot 41 seconds after that, after being tripped on a two-on-one.

Canada opened the scoring in the second period, when Brad Marchand bulged the twine 58 seconds in on a nice play set up by Sam Gagner. They made it 4-2 with 1:10 left in the period when Gagner scored after making a great play behind the net to bring it out front and slide it through the Russian goalie.

In the third period, Canada was able to hold on to the lead despite taking another five penalties to add to their high penalty count. The penalty kill was led by the strong play of coach Brent Sutter's son, Brandon.

Also contributing to the win was the solid play of Mason, who bounced back from giving up two early goals and finished the game with a total of 40 saves. Canada's penalty kill played extremely well, holding the Russians to only one power play goal on a shocking 13 power-play opportunities and leaving them scoreless on two 5-on-3s.

Karl Alzner was named player of the game for Canada.[3]

Scoring summary[edit]

Period Goals
First Period 06:46 RUS Viacheslav Solodukhin (Ilya Kablukov)
09:59 RUS Alexander Ryabev (Alexander Vasyunov) (power play)
15:47 CAN Stefan Legein (Brandon Sutter)
16:28 CAN Kyle Turris (penalty shot)
Second Period 00:58 CAN Brad Marchand (Sam Gagner, Claude Giroux)
18:50 CAN Sam Gagner (Brad Marchand)
Third Period None

Game two[edit]

Game summary[edit]

Both sides switched their goaltenders for the second game. Canada opted for Jonathan Bernier, while Russia went with Sergei Bobrovsky. Canada was the home team in game two, allowing coach Brent Sutter to make the last change and get the line match-ups he wanted. About ten minutes into the game, Brandon Sutter delivered a devastating hit to Russian star Alexei Cherepanov, as the Russian tried to cut into the middle of the Canadian zone. Cherepanov suffered a concussion and would not return in the series. Sutter's hit set the tone for the Canadians and started what would become a chippy affair. On a Canadian power play later in the first period, Kyle Turris finished off a give-and-go with David Perron with a nifty backhand upstairs into the Russian goal.

As the second period began, fog began to become a factor in the game. The newly opened Ufa Arena did not have air conditioning, and because of the heat, a thick cloud of fog formed on the ice. Both teams were sent to skate around to try to clear the fog. The Canadians dominated the second period physically, very much due to Canada's checking line of Sutter, Legein, and Lucic. They smothered Cherepanov all game long, and also chipped in with a goal by Legein in the final minute of the second, one-timing a pass from Sutter.

Canada dominated the third as well, despite having to delay the game again to try to clear the fog. The game continued to be a heated affair, as there were scrums after many whistles, resulting in penalties for both teams. With 2:01 left, David Perron scored a terrific goal, as he dangled the Russian defender, then using a spin move and backhanding the puck through his legs into the net.

Jonathan Bernier earned the shutout in the 3-0 win.[4]

Scoring summary[edit]

Period Goals
First Period 14:42 CAN Kyle Turris (David Perron, John Tavares) (power play)
Second Period 19:45 CAN Stefan Legein (Brandon Sutter)
Third Period 17:59 CAN David Perron (Zachary Boychuk)

Game three[edit]

Game summary[edit]

Leland Irving got the start for Team Canada as the Super Series moved to Omsk for games three and four. Canada's powerplay was very effective, scoring four goals on nine chances. Semyon Varlamov started the game for the Russian squad, but was replaced after the first intermission by Vadim Zhelobnyuk. The game was closer than the final score indicated, as the Canadians only led by a goal heading into the third.[5]

Scoring summary[edit]

Period Goals
First Period 07:48 CAN Sam Gagner (David Perron) (power play)
09:40 CAN Kyle Turris (John Tavares, David Perron) (power play)
13:24 RUS Pavel Doronin (Viacheslav Solodukhin) (shorthanded)
15:11 CAN Colton Gillies
Second Period 04:33 RUS Alexander Ryabev
Third Period 05:28 CAN Claude Giroux (Stefan Legein, Milan Lucic) (power play)
06:14 CAN Stefan Legein (Keaton Ellerby)
17:00 CAN Zachary Boychuk (Josh Godfrey, Thomas Hickey) (power play/two-man)

Game four[edit]

Game summary[edit]

Brad Marchand opened the scoring in the final stages of the first period to give Canada a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Sam Gagner scored a goal and an assist on John Tavares' first goal of the series.

Facing a 3-0 deficit in the third period, Russia scored two quick goals in 36 seconds to open the final frame, cutting the lead down to one. Brent Sutter called a timeout after the two Russian goals and Marchand scored his second goal of the game on the next shift to halt the comeback.

The final score was 4-2 as Canada swept the first leg of the series in Russia.[6]

Scoring summary[edit]

Period Goals
First Period 18:16 CAN Brad Marchand
Second Period 01:43 CAN Sam Gagner (Brad Marchand)
12:19 CAN John Tavares (Sam Gagner, Claude Giroux) (power play)
Third Period 02:29 RUS Alexei Grishin (Igor Zubov, Maxim Mayorov)
02:56 RUS Maxim Chudinov
03:45 CAN Brad Marchand (Keaton Ellerby)

Game five[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Period Goals
First Period None
Second Period 03:18 CAN Claude Giroux (Sam Gagner, Josh Godfrey) (power play)
06:05 CAN Claude Giroux (Sam Gagner)
08:56 RUS Alexander Vasyunov (power play)
11:52 CAN Logan Pyett (Kyle Turris) (shorthanded)
15:15 CAN David Perron (John Tavares, Drew Doughty) (power play)
16:21 CAN Sam Gagner (Josh Godfrey, Claude Giroux) (power play)
Third Period 06:53 CAN Zachary Boychuk (David Perron, Logan Pyett)
13:07 CAN Zach Hamill (Brad Marchand, Thomas Hickey) (power play)
15:31 CAN Kyle Turris (John Tavares)

Game six[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Period Goals
First Period 19:23 CAN Sam Gagner (Drew Doughty, Claude Giroux) (four-on-four)
Second Period 04:17 RUS Ivan Vishnevsky (Artem Anisimov, Alexander Ryabev) (power play)
Third Period 07:06 CAN Dana Tyrell (Zach Hamill)
13:05 CAN Brandon Sutter (Karl Alzner) (shorthanded)
18:04 CAN Zachary Boychuk (Karl Alzner, Zach Hamill) (power play)

Game seven[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Period Goals
First Period 01:17 RUS Vyacheslav Voynov (Maxim Mamin, Evgeny Kurbatov) (power play)
17:10 RUS Evgeny Bodrov
19:28 CAN Kyle Turris (Thomas Hickey, John Tavares) (power play)
Second Period 12:35 CAN Logan Pyett (John Tavares, David Perron)
16:31 CAN Brandon Sutter (Sam Gagner, Claude Giroux) (power play)
16:48 RUS Maxim Mamin (Ruslan Bashkirov, Maxim Mayorov)
19:31 RUS Alexander Vasyunov (Ruslan Bashkirov, Vyatcheslav Voynov) (power play)
Third Period 01:32 CAN Sam Gagner (Josh Godfrey, Thomas Hickey) (power play)

Game eight[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Period Goals
First Period None
Second Period 03:43 CAN Karl Alzner (Claude Giroux, Sam Gagner) (power play)
11:13 CAN Brandon Sutter (Sam Gagner, Karl Alzner) (power play/two-man)
13:08 CAN Zachary Boychuk (Zach Hamill) (power play)
Third Period 09:57 CAN Kyle Turris (Zachary Boychuk, Zach Hamill) (power play)
15:46 CAN Kyle Turris (John Tavares, Josh Godfrey) (power play)
16:08 CAN Colton Gillies (Logan Pyett, Milan Lucic)
17:20 RUS Evgeni Dadonov (Alexander Ryabev)

Leading scorers[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Canada Sam Gagner 8 6 9 15 8
Canada John Tavares 8 1 8 9 26
Canada Kyle Turris 8 7 1 8 6
Canada Claude Giroux 8 3 5 8 22
Canada David Perron 7 2 5 7 6
Canada Zachary Boychuk 7 4 2 6 12
Canada Brad Marchand 6 3 3 6 26
Canada Zach Hamill 6 1 5 6 4
Canada Josh Godfrey 6 0 6 6 2
Canada Brandon Sutter 8 3 2 5 6


Player MINS GA GAA Sv%
Canada Jonathan Bernier 151 3 1.19 .956
Canada Leland Irving 180 4 1.33 .955
Canada Steve Mason 149 6 2.42 .938
Russia Vadim Zhelobnyuk 100 7 4.20 .879
Russia Semyon Varlamov 140 11 4.71 .861
Russia Sergei Bobrovsky 240 21 5.25 .853



Head coach: Brent Sutter
Assistant coaches: Benoit Groulx, Peter DeBoer

# Player Catches 2006–07 team Hometown NHL rights
1 Jonathan Bernier L Lewiston Maineiacs Laval, Quebec Los Angeles Kings, 11th (2006)
30 Steve Mason R London Knights Oakville, Ontario Columbus Blue Jackets, 69th (2006)
31 Leland Irving L Everett Silvertips Swan Hills, Alberta Calgary Flames, 26th (2006)
# Player Shoots 2006–07 team Hometown NHL rights
2 Josh Godfrey R Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Kingston, Ontario Washington Capitals, 34th (2007)
3 Logan Pyett R Regina Pats Milestone, Saskatchewan Detroit Red Wings, 212th (2006)
4 Thomas Hickey L Seattle Thunderbirds Calgary, Alberta Los Angeles Kings, 4th (2007)
5 Keaton Ellerby L Kamloops Blazers Calgary, Alberta Florida Panthers, 10th (2007)
6 Ty Wishart L Prince George Cougars Comox, British Columbia San Jose Sharks, 16th (2006)
8 Drew Doughty R Guelph Storm London, Ontario Los Angeles Kings, 2nd (2008)
15 Luke Schenn R Kelowna Rockets Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Toronto Maple Leafs, 5th (2008)
27 Karl AlznerA L Calgary Hitmen Burnaby, British Columbia Washington Capitals, 5th (2007)
# Player Shoots 2006–07 team Hometown NHL rights
9 Sam GagnerA R London Knights Oakville, Ontario Edmonton Oilers, 6th (2007)
10 Zach Hamill R Everett Silvertips Port Coquitlam, British Columbia Boston Bruins, 8th (2007)
11 Zachary Boychuk L Lethbridge Hurricanes Airdrie, Alberta Carolina Hurricanes, 14th (2008)
12 Brandon SutterA R Red Deer Rebels Red Deer, Alberta Carolina Hurricanes, 11th (2007)
14 Dana Tyrell L Prince George Cougars Airdrie, Alberta Tampa Bay Lightning, 47th (2007)
16 David Perron R Lewiston Maineiacs Sherbrooke, Quebec St. Louis Blues, 26th (2007)
17 Brad Marchand L Val-d'Or Foreurs Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia Boston Bruins, 71st (2006)
18 Colton Gillies L Saskatoon Blades Surrey, British Columbia Minnesota Wild, 16th (2007)
19 Kyle Turris R Burnaby Express New Westminster, British Columbia Phoenix Coyotes, 3rd (2007)
20 John Tavares L Oshawa Generals Oakville, Ontario New York Islanders, 1st (2009)
21 Stefan Legein R Niagara IceDogs Oakville, Ontario Columbus Blue Jackets, 37th (2007)
22 Milan LucicC L Vancouver Giants Vancouver, British Columbia Boston Bruins, 50th (2006)
25 Cory Emmerton L Kingston Frontenacs St. Thomas, Ontario Detroit Red Wings, 41st (2006)
28 Claude Giroux R Gatineau Olympiques Hearst, Ontario Philadelphia Flyers, 22nd (2006)


Head coach: Sergei Nemchinov
Assistant coaches: Vladimir Popov, Yuri Leonov

# Player Catches 2006–07 team Hometown Drafted at the NHL Draft
1 Semyon Varlamov L Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Samara Washington Capitals, 23rd (2006)
31 Vadim Zhelobnyuk L HC Dynamo Moscow Moscow
35 Sergei Bobrovsky L Metallurg Novokuznetsk
# Player Shoots 2006–07 team Hometown Drafted at the NHL Draft
2 Pavel Doronin L Ufa Salavat Ufa
3 Alexei Grishin R Vityaz Chekhov
4 Igor Zubov R Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Tolyatti
5 Valeri Zhukov L Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
20 Konstantin Alexeev R HC Sibir Novosibirsk
23 Yuri AlexandrovC L Severstal Cherepovets Cherepovets Boston Bruins, 37th (2006)
27 Maxim Chudinov R Severstal Cherepovets Cherepovets Boston Bruins, 195th (2010)
29 Ivan Vishnevskiy L Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Barnaul Dallas Stars, 27th (2006)
30 Vyacheslav Voinov L Traktor Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk Los Angeles Kings, 32nd (2008)
# Player Shoots 2006–07 team Hometown Drafted at the NHL Draft
7 Alexei Cherepanov L Avangard Omsk Barnaul New York Rangers, 17th (2007)
8 Konstantin Kulikov HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
10 Evgeny Bodrov L HC Lada Togliatti
12 Artem Anisimov L Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Yaroslavl New York Rangers, 54th (2006)
14 Alexander Ryabev L Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Yaroslavl
15 Maxim Mamin L Metallurg Magnitogorsk
16 Maxim Mayorov L AK Bars Kazan Leninogorsk Columbus Blue Jackets, 94th (2007)
17 Viacheslav Solodukhin L SKA St. Petersburg
18 Sergei Zachupeiko L Ufa Salavat Orsk
19 Egor Averin L Avangard Omsk Omsk
22 Ilya Kablukov L HC CSKA Moscow Moscow Vancouver Canucks, 146th (2007)
24 Alexander Vasyunov R Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Yaroslavl New Jersey Devils, 58th (2006)
25 Nikita Filatov R HC CSKA Moscow Moscow Columbus Blue Jackets, 6th (2008)
26 Evgeni Dadonov L Traktor Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk Florida Panthers, 71st (2007)
28 Anton Glovatsky L Metallurg Magnitogorsk Magnitogorsk
Added due to injuries for Game 5-8
# Player Shoots 2006–07 team Hometown Drafted at the NHL Draft
6 Kirill Tulupov (D) R Chicoutimi Saguenéens Moscow New Jersey Devils, 67th (2006)
34 Ruslan Bashkirov (F) L Quebec Remparts Moscow Ottawa Senators, 60th (2007)
37 Viktor Tikhonov (F) R Severstal Cherepovets Moscow Phoenix Coyotes, 28th (2008)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CanWest News Service (2007). Sutter gets tough with Canada’s Super Series players Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ The Vancouver Province. "Russian fans raise the roof at barely finished Ufa arena". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  3. ^ Hockey Canada. "Game Summary: Canada Opens Super Series With 4-2 Comeback Win". Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  4. ^ Hockey Canada. "Game Summary: Canada Takes 2-0 Lead In Super Series With Shutout Win". Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  5. ^ Hockey Canada. "Game Summary: Lethal Powerplay Leads Canada To 6-2 Game 3 Victory". Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  6. ^ "Canada wins Game 4 in Super Series". National Post. 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2008-07-21.[dead link]

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