MONTREAL, Feb. 9, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Forty-four years to the day after hitting the ice to face the Soviet Union, Serge Savard, Phil Esposito, Yvan Cournoyer, Bobby Clarke, Ken Dryden, Pat Stapleton, Peter Mahovlich and others will relive their memories and go behind the scenes of the historic Summit Series of 1972. This September, they'll be visiting Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver – the same cities that hosted them in 1972 – as part of the '72 Summit Series Tour.
"If you're a baby boomer, watching the Summit Series reunion lets you relive the emotion and the excitement of those games with the hockey stars themselves," said the tour's producer, Pierre Marchand. "But it's just as much a way for young people to get a special look at a key moment in our history."
"We want to show people from all over Canada the power of team spirit and just how far it can take you," explained Serge Savard. "We're incredibly excited to be able to finally tell people the details of our experience and answer the audience's questions."
"The story of Team Canada 1972 is the story of the power of teamwork. The real message of our Summit Series victory is not what we did, but how we did it," added Team Canada representative Pat Stapleton. "The Summit Series was an event that forever shaped our team's players and coaches as much as it did Canada and the game of hockey. For fans of the team and the series, this is an opportunity to hear hockey history from the people who made it. You never know which stories will come up; there are a million of them."
In the middle of the Cold War, as hockey was becoming a global sport, Team Canada faced the Soviets and found them to be much tougher opponents than expected. It was down to the wire when the NHL all-stars finally won the series, seconds before the end of the last match. It was an ending truly worthy of a Hollywood movie.
Set against a spectacular background and aided by images that still send shivers down the spine four decades later, the players will finally tell the true story behind the Summit Series. They'll discuss their thoughts on the Soviets, the doubts they had after losing their first match, the historic clashes, the discovery of a Russia that had been hidden behind the Iron Curtain and, finally, the powerful emotions that won them the Series – a victory they never stopped believing in.
If baby boomers can still remember where they were during the Summit Series in 1972, there's no question as to where they'll want to be 44 years later:
September 2 – Place des Arts – Montreal
September 6 – Centennial Concert Hall – Winnipeg
September 8 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver
September 10 – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Toronto
Tickets are available as of February 13.
To purchase tickets in Toronto, Vancouver, or Winnipeg, please call 1-855-985-5000 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca. Ticket sales start at 10 am.
To purchase tickets in Montreal, please visit the Place des Arts box office or call 514-842-2112 as of 12 pm. Tickets are available online at www.laplacedesarts.com as of 10 am.
ABOUT PIERRE MARCHAND
In 1986, Pierre Marchand founded Quebec's first French language music television station, MusiquePlus. Seeing the success of this channel with young people, he created MusiMax, a television station for adult contemporary music in 1997. He led the two television channels as president until 2007.
That same year, he became president of Groupe Archambault's music sector, managing Quebec's largest music retailer. In addition, he headed Distribution Select, Canada's largest independent music distributor, and Musicor, Quebec's number one francophone music label. In 2008, he expanded the business and added a television division, organizing performances by Paul McCartney, Sting, and Placido Domingo. A new show division followed in 2009. In the next three years, it will produce and broadcast more than 600 concerts and events.
Since 2014, Pierre Marchand's passions for records, shows, television, and events have been united under his company Atmosphère Musique Inc.
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