by John Austen
Where were you in 72? Most Canadians over the age of 40 will remember
where they were on Sept. 24, 1972, when Paul Henderson electrified a nation
with his game-winning goal, leading Canada to a comeback win over Russia
in the most exciting hockey series ever played.
Montrealers will get a chance to relive some of those memories when the
Moscow Dynamo, featuring several Russian stars from the 72 series,
will play a two-game series against the Concordia mens hockey alumni
at the Pierrefonds Sportsplex on May 2 and 3.
Concordia Stinger head coach Kevin Figsby, who will lace up his skates
in the series, said, This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for
the guys who will be playing in the games in Pierrefonds. Its also
an amazing opportunity for anybody coming to the games to see these guys
Leading the Moscow contingent will be legendary right wing Alexander
Maltsev, Viktor Kuzkin, the captain of the Soviet team in 1972, Yuri Blinov,
Alexander Gusev, Valeri Vasilev, Yuri Shatalov and Alexander Ragulin.
Longtime Concordia, Loyola and Sir George Williams hockey coach Paul Arsenault
will be changing the lines for Concordia. Former Stingers assistant coach
and Montreal Canadiens forward Sergio Momesso will suit up for the Maroon
and Gold, as will current Stingers assistant and ex-Quebec Nordiques
As an added bonus, New Brunswick-born pop idol Roch Voisine will
also play for Concordia. I met Voisine through (Canadiens defenceman)
Stéphane Quintal, Figsby said. Rochs a great
guy and a great hockey player. He practised with us a number of times
this past winter and when I asked him if hed like to suit up with
us against the Russians, he jumped at the chance.
Plans for this two-game series started a few months ago when Concordia
alumnus Bob Soharov, who is working in Moscow, contacted Figsby about
the possibility of bringing the Dynamo to Quebec. The Russian contingent,
which includes several Moscow businessmen who are hoping to learn
more about arena construction, arrived last Sunday evening.
Legendary Montreal Canadiens star Yvan Cournoyer, a key player for Canada
in the 72 series, will drop the puck for the ceremonial opening
faceoff. There will be a banquet for the participants at Brasserie Molson
in Montreal on May 3. Sports trivia aficionado Liam McGuire will be the
master of ceremonies.
The games will be played at the Pierrefonds Sportsplexe 4 Glaces, 14700
Pierrefonds Blvd. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Game
time is 7 p.m. on May 2 and 2 p.m. on May 3. Proceeds from the event will
go into the Concordia mens hockey program.