It’s been 40 years since Phil Esposito
set foot in Russia, but this week he's returning to the scene of one of Canadian hockey’s greatest triumphs as the 40th anniversary of the Canada-Russia Summit Series takes place in Moscow this weekend.
"Maybe I'll re-enact the famous fall. I'll go on the ice and slip and fall on my butt and throw a kiss. That was a crazy moment." -- Phil Esposito
Originally, Esposito planned to sit out the reunion, telling reporters that he had "no desire to go to Russia," but recent events, including the passing of his daughter, Carrie, caused him to rethink his decision.
"I had a chance that if I went, my grandsons could join my wife and me in Russia," Esposito told NHL.com. "We'd get to spend four or five days with them and I thought, 'Wow, this is a great opportunity.' So I decided that I would go and I talked to (the people planning the reunion)."
Esposito -- currently a radio analyst and vice president of corporate relations for the Tampa Bay Lightning
-- and his wife, Bridget, will leave for Moscow just five days after agreeing to go.