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Rangers had tumultuous first training camp in 1926

Smythe put together strong team, was 'shattered' to be replaced by Patrick

by Stan Fischler / NHL.com Staff Writer

Legendary hockey reporter Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his humor and insight with readers each Wednesday.

This week, with NHL training camps underway, Fischler looks back 96 years to the New York Rangers first training camp and a managerial tug of war as the they prepared for the 1926-27 season.

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Henderson remains hero in Canada 50 years after 1972 Summit Series goal

Forward says iconic winner in Game 8 against Soviet Union 'changed a lot of lives'

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario -- At first blush, Paul Henderson's basement looks like a tasteful shrine to one of the greatest moments in hockey history, in Canadian history and, more specifically, in his life.

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Brodeur fondly recalls father's iconic photo from 1972 Summit Series

Hall of Famer has never seen video of Henderson goal, dad's picture 'all I need'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Martin Brodeur has not seen the video of Paul Henderson's goal that clinched Game 8 of the historic 1972 Summit Series.

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Peter Mahovlich recalls gesture of sportsmanship at 1972 Summit Series

Forward gave Soviet goalie Tretiak stick tap on pads following Canada's tournament-clinching goal

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Over 28 days in September in 1972, during 480 minutes of Summit Series hockey that changed the game forever, it is maybe three seconds.

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Park was nearly knocked out of 1972 Summit Series before it began

After being injured by shot in practice, Hall of Fame defenseman helped Canada to historic win vs. Russians

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Team Canada was just a couple of days into its August training camp for the 1972 Summit Series when the lights went out for defenseman Brad Park, courtesy of six ounces of vulcanized rubber.

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Gretzky nearly became teammates with Gordie Howe in 1978

'Great One' could have joined his idol with Hartford in WHA, signed with Indianapolis instead

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Legendary hockey reporter Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his humor and insight with readers every Wednesday.

This week, Fischler reveals how Wayne Gretzky came very close to becoming Gordie Howe's linemate with the New England Whalers in the WHA. 

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Phil Esposito recalls 1972 Summit Series, lifting Canada to historic win

Bruins forward had four points in decisive game, 13 points in series

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Phil Esposito deserved a better souvenir of the landmark 1972 Summit Series, a historic eight-game tournament played 50 years ago this month between Team Canada and a squad of Soviet all-stars.

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Tony Esposito was reluctant Summit Series hero for Canada 50 years ago

Brother Phil talked goalie into playing in landmark meeting against Russians

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

It was first out of deep loyalty to his older brother, then a sense of national pride, that the late Tony Esposito signed on to be a part of Team Canada for the historic 1972 Summit Series.

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Cournoyer cherishes memories, friendships made during 1972 Summit Series

Ten-time Stanley Cup winner, Russian players forged improbable bonds after Canada's victory

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

For Yvan Cournoyer, the Cold War truly ended with a splash.

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Clarke, Leach recall meeting King Charles III in 1970

Forwards played for junior team in Manitoba where then-prince visited during royal tour

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Reggie Leach went for his photo album when he learned about the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

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