PHOTOS, FEBRUARY 2012: Rematch to mark the 40th anniversary of the Summit Series between Canadian and Soviet hockey teams

 

Top hockey players and former stars faced off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Players of Russian and World veteran squads pose for a photo after the end of the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.</div>
 

Players of Russian and World veteran squads pose for a photo after the end of the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012. Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.

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<div id="page1">Players of Russian and World veteran squads pose for a photo after the end of the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.</div>
Russian Sergei Babinov (L) tries to stop Finnish legend Esa Tikkanen (C), as he attacks Maxim Mikhailovsky's net during the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Soviet hockey legend Alexander Yakushev (R) vies with Canadian Dave McLlwain during the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Russia's Valery Kamensky (R) fights for the puck against Todd Warrient of the World squad during the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Russia's Alexander Mogilny (L) vies with Canadian Steve Shutt of the World squad during the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Russia's Pavel Bure celebrate scoring against The World squad during the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Canadian Steve Shutt (L) attacks the net of Russia's Maxim Mikhailovsky during the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Finnish hockey legend Esa Tikkanen (R) vies with Russian Vladimir Malakhov during the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Russia's Pavel Bure (2nd L), Vyacheslav Fetisov (3rd L), Alexey Kasatonov (2nd R) and Alexander Mogilny (R) celebrate scoring against the World's squad goalie Peter Briza (L) during of the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Russia's Alexey Kasatonov (R) and Vyacheslav Fetisov celebrate scoring against the World's squad during of the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Russian's Alexey Kasatonov (2nd L) and Vyacheslav Fetisov (3rd L) tries to save the net of Maxim Mikhailovsky (topR), as the members of the World's squad Greg Adams (L) and Clif John Ronning (R) attack them during of the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Legends of Soviet hockey Vladislav Tretiak (R) and Canadian top star Phil Esposito talk after the end of the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
Legends of Soviet hockey Vladislav Tretiak (R) and NHL's Esa Tikkanen joke after the end of the game in Moscow on February 25, 2012.  Top hockey players and former stars faceed off on the invitation of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cold War era Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The Summit Series was the first ever meeting between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey teams and an eight-game series was held in September 1972. In 1970s the Cold War between West and East was in full swing with intense feelings of nationalism were aroused by the contest both in Canada and the Soviet Union. The clash between the all-conquering Soviet Red Machine and Canadian NHL professional players represented the confrontation of two systems, which both desperately desired to prove their supremacy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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