1976 Super Series TeeRegular price $34.00
In 1976, the Cold War was at its tail end, but the idea of the world being divided between American and Soviet spheres of influence was still a reality to most observers. That's why when the Soviet hockey team - who absolutely dominated the international hockey circuit - toured the U.S. to play NHL clubs, they were seen as much more than just exhibition games.
The Super Series ’76 had the Red Army and the Soviet Wings play four games each against NHL clubs. Undefeated in their first three games against Original 6 teams, the Flyers were the NHL’s last hope to beat the Red Army and salvage some pride for the league and for the North American way of playing hockey.
Being at the height of their 'Broad Street Bullies' days, and with the bad blood already existing between Flyers captain Bobby Clark - who had deliberately slashed Valeri Kharlamov in the ankle and knocked him out of the 1972 Summit Series - anticipation for a physical game was high.
With the Flyers dominating early, defenseman Ed Van Impe delivered a hard check mid-way through the game to Kharlamov that triggered the most famous incident of the entire Super Series: with no penalty called on the play, the Soviet players and coaches left the ice and bench and went back to their locker room in protest, prompting the now famous "They're Going Home!" from commentator Bob Cole.
"In '72 in Moscow, we stayed and we took it all. And in '74. And now, the Flyers move them around a little bit...and they're going home!"
Eventually, the Soviets returned to the ice after they were told them they wouldn’t be paid the $200,000 they were owed for the four games they played against NHL clubs unless they completed the game. The Red Army reluctantly agreed to finish the game only to be defeated 4-1. A huge victory for the Flyers, the NHL and the U.S.A.
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