Another DVD collection on hockey's 1972 Summit Series is on the way, and it'll include the entirety of Canada's exhibition game during a pre-series stop in Sweden that caused such a controversy at the time.
When Wayne Cashman nearly had his tongue cut off when he was high-sticked in the face, teammates began retaliating. The resulting viciousness led the Swedish media to label the Canadians hooligans on ice.
There is a link, too, in the video to the eventual European migration to the NHL. Borje Salming and Inge Hammarstrom played for the Swedish team in the game and would later join the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The full video of the game has never before been available in North America.
"'72 Complete" is an eight-disc set that Mississauga-based Ficel Marketing Corp. will have in stores Oct. 30.
Included is footage of both average and famous Canadians watching the eighth game on television as it was played. There also are interviews with Russian players on what they were thinking as they were going through the series.
Meanwhile, Ficel CEO Ed Gryschuk, says demand has picked up for replicas of Canada's 1972 Summit Series sweaters since the recent Super Series between Canadian and Russian juniors. Canada's players wore the red-based home style for a game in Winnipeg.
"There's been a renewed demand across Canada," said Gryschuk. "We've got all kinds of e-mails from distributors and people who want to get their hands on them."
The licence to sell the replicas belongs to the '72 players, who are represented by Ficel.
"Wayne Gretzky called and wants to get some of the jerseys for an upcoming fantasy camp," said Gryschuk. "Wayne said, 'I always wanted to wear that jersey."'