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Sept. 6: Canada settles for Summit Series tie with Soviet Union

Plus: Kings open first training camp; Sharks acquire Wilson in trade with Blackhawks

by John Kreiser @JKreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1972: The Soviet Union rallies for a 4-4 tie against Canada in Game 3 of the Summit Series at Winnipeg Arena.

The outcome is a disappointment for Canada, which leads 4-2 before allowing two goals in the final 5:01 of the second period. Canada goalie Tony Esposito preserves the tie when he robs Soviet forward Alexander Maltsev with less than 15 seconds remaining in the third.

The outcome leaves the series even at 1-1 and one tie with one game remaining in Canada before the final four games are played in Moscow. However, 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."

Video: Yvan Cournoyer on 1972 Summit Series: Part 1



1967: The expansion Los Angeles Kings hold their first practice when they open training camp in Guelph, Ontario. The Kings train in Guelph 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, the NHL's newest team trades defenseman 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. He becomes San Jose's general manager in 2003.

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