Plouffe: We all had one another’s back, all 3,000. When the police tried to get my bugle, everyone else in the stands helped out.
Conacher: Those fans were like a seventh player for Team Canada. It was a crowd the likes of which the Soviets had never seen.
Yakushev: I wasn’t surprised by the Canadians being loud. I was far more surprised at the Russians being so quiet. The higher officials knew nothing about hockey – they just sat there as if they were at the theatre.
Park: We knew we couldn’t afford to lose another one. In my first few shifts, I hit everything and threw down all I had.
Yakushev: The roles were reversed. We became too confident. We had to win one of three at home – how hard could that be?
Esaw: At one point in the sixth game, Bobby Clarke had to take out [Valeri] Kharlamov. Thank God he did, because that line was that good.
Yakushev: The slash was intentional and horrible. It was such a pity Kharlamov could not play any more. We missed him. I am certain we would have won with him in the lineup.
Conacher: To me, it was the low point of the series. It showed how desperate Canada was. It still leaves a bad taste in my mouth because it changed the series from a sport to something else.
Dionne: Bobby Clarke was a big part of our team, but I didn’t agree with what he did to Kharlamov. You try to break someone’s ankle, what does that prove? And he did that, he broke the guy’s ankle.
Esposito: This is something Paul Henderson and I totally disagree on. Bobby Clarke was like me and some of the other guys: Whatever it took to win, he had to do.
Sinden: Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t know anything about it until it hit the papers? I don’t recall anyone saying. “Bobby, go get him.”
Park: That was the first of a couple games where we were spending half the game in the penalty box, but we still won.
Cole: Game 6 was a great game and Henderson got the first of his game-winning goals for the Canadians.
Eagleson: On that night, [my wife] Nancy grabbed Paul and said, “You can do it, Paul, you can do it.” She’s convinced to this day that she got the goal.
Cole: I got back to the hotel and I was waiting for the elevator with Paul Henderson. I turned to him and said, “You ever think you’d get a goal like that, Paul?” He said, “No, never. That was quite something wasn’t it?”
Plouffe: I go back to the Intourist, and end up in a room with John Ferguson, Phil Esposito, Don Awrey and Pete Mahovlich. Pete says, “Get us drinks, Pierre.” I went to the bar, and this big lady who served me every night said, “We’re closed.” As I argue, I get pissed off. There were 50 bottles of Champagne on the bar. I accidentally hit a bottle. It spun, fell and broke a bunch of glasses. As I was backing up, I hit a table and broke another bunch of glasses.
Reid: The bar was smashed. The bottles in the bar were all smashed. It was a one-man wrecking crew. The militia soon descended.
Plouffe: Some big guy comes down. I was 21, 22 at the time. I was in good shape. This big guy in a black sweater was enormous. He sort of pushed me around and talked to me in Russian. As I was going up some stairs, he pushed me. For some reason, I punched him. I hurt my hand more than I hurt him – he was made of brick. Next thing I know, he blows a whistle and a bunch of cops surround me.
Reid: The young man was incarcerated.
Plouffe: They took me to a room and started to yell things. The translator gets there, tells me they want my flag and bugle. I said, “You might get my bugle, but you’ll never get my flag.” They let me out around 6 in the morning.