at The Summit in 1972
This column features
stories and unique views on the
Summit'72 submitted by our visitors.
Hockey vs. Hockey
by Artur Sedov,
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
in 1972 comments: The '72 Summit Series
had a tremendous impact not only on worldwide hockey
development. It was a truly inspirational event
for millions of fans all over the world. The Guest
Speakers column of the Summit
in 1972 usually features articles or
stories by our guests. The Hockey vs. Hockey by
Artur Sedov is a digital artwork inspired by the
In a way, it is another
example proving that, even three decades past the
Summit, it still brings unforgettable memories and
helps us to express ouselves in our daily activities
even if they are not directly related to hockey.
The "Hockey vs. Hockey"
was created through both traditional and digital
media. It can be downloaded at the links above.
The art is supposed to speak for itself. Here are
just a few side notes by its author to go with the
original art that he sent to the Summit in 1972
The 1972 Summit Series took place a decade before
I was born. So, couldn't possibly remember where
I was on that fateful September day, but the echo
of history has managed to enchant me. "Hockey
vs Hockey" is a manifestation of memories of
something I never saw.
As a young kid growing up in the 1980's I wondered
why my grandfather was so passionate about watching
hockey. He'd tell me it was our guys playing the
Canadians. But I was only 5 and to me they were
red and white spots moving around on the TV screen.
Although I got my first hockey stick at age 3 and
loved to chase the puck around with my buddies,
it would take a flight across the Atlantic for me
to develop a true love for hockey. In Canada, where
hockey grows on trees, I found a passion for the
game and a deep pride in the achievements of my
As a teenager I became a total Tretiak nut. I read
his book on goaltending. I read everything I could
find about him. I made drawings of him. I'd heard
that he was the best there ever was. I still believe
it is so. In 1999, my mother had the pleasure of
meeting Vladislav Tretiak for lunch in Toronto and
she showed him my drawings. He chuckled at how well
I had captured the likeness of his nose and autographed
the pictures in blue ball-pen. To say I felt honoured
would be an understatement.
The Soviet National Team posted a record that is
unlikely to ever be broken or repeated in a similar
time span. Not only were they the winningest team
in the history of international hockey. They were
also the hardest working. They had sportsmanship.
And their heroics have been nothing but inspirational