During the NHL’s hiatus, we at Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for July 12th, featuring the 1972 Summit Series.
Today in Hockey History
Team Canada Invites 35 to Summit Series Camp
1972: Canada announces its 35 invitees to its camp for the 1972 Summit Series. The inaugural event will have the country’s best take on a team from the Soviet Union. It will be the first time that NHLers will square off against the Russians.
Three goalies, 12 defencemen and 20 forwards are invited to the training camp. Bobby Orr is on the list, but cannot play due to knee surgery. Gerry Cheevers, J.C. Tremblay, Bobby Hull and Derek Sanderson are replaced due to their contracts with the World Hockey Association. League President Clarence Campbell only has players with NHL contracts in the series.
Canada rallies from a 1-3-1 hole to win the series by taking the last three games. Paul Henderson scores the iconic goal in Game 8 in Moscow to win the series.
Other Notable Events
1982: Jim Devellano becomes the Detroit Red Wings new general manager. He replaces Jimmy Skinner and begins work to end their Stanley Cup drought. Devellano served as Billy Torrey‘s scout and assistant general manager for the New York Islanders. The hire comes one month after Mike Illitch buys the Detroit franchise. He stays on as GM until 1990, but moves to senior vice president.
Happy Birthday to You
1920: Bob Fillion
1950: Gilles Meloche
1957: Dave Semenko
1976: Dan Boyle
1977: Peter Schaefer
1989: Nick Palmieri
1993: Jonas Brodin