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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 6: Canada settles for tie with Soviet Union

Plus: Kings open first training camp; Sharks acquire Doug Wilson

by John Kreiser @JKreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1972: Canada and the Soviet Union play to a 4-4 tie in Game 3 of the Summit Series at Winnipeg Arena. It's a disappointing outcome for Canada, which leads 4-2 before allowing two goals in the final 5:01 of the second period. Tony Esposito preserves the tie for Canada when he robs Alexander Maltsev with less than 15 seconds remaining in the third.

The outcome leaves the series even at 1-1-1. But the Canadians are dissatisfied after a solid victory in Toronto two nights earlier.

"We felt we should have won," forward Paul Henderson says. "We had a couple of breakdowns in the [second] period. They jumped on them and we might have gotten a little complacent."



1967: The expansion Los Angeles Kings hold the first practice in franchise history when they open training camp in Guelph, Ontario. The Kings train there for two seasons before moving to Victoria, British Columbia; they begin holding camp in Los Angeles in 1974.

1991: On the same day the San Jose Sharks take the ice for the first time, they trade Kerry Toporowski and a draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Doug Wilson, who brings instant credibility to the new franchise and is soon named captain. Wilson plays two seasons with the Sharks before retiring as a player in 1993. In 2003, he becomes San Jose's general manager.

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