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Hockey The original battle of the blades: the 1972 Summit Series

How did a game become a war?

At its beginning, few saw the Summit Series as anything more than a working vacation for Canada's hockey pros. Everyone, including the Soviets, agreed on a few likely outcomes: Phil Esposito and the boys would politely embarrass the Communists; the Soviets, dominant in international hockey for a decade, would treat it as a learning experience; diplomats would tout the matches as a kind of cultural exchange that could thaw the Cold War.

In dozens of interviews, the figures who planned it and played it gave a minute-by-minute account of how the Summit Series unfolded.

Read the full story from The Globe and Mail's Focus section

The Globe and Mail's Patrick White describes the journey back to the 1972 Summit Series

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      Patrick White (reporter), Alisa Mamak (digital), Stuart A. Thompson, Laura Blenkinsop, Michael Snider (multimedia editors)
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