Cournoyer Instilled Desire Into Team Canada

One of the greatest players of all time, Yvan Cournoyer - nicknamed "The Roadrunner" for good reason - used his blazing speed to keep up with and even beat the Soviets on many rushes. His goal in game two where he blew past a Soviet rearguard like he was a practice pylon was a perfect example of that. It was also a huge goal for Canada's morale. In game one it was the Soviets, and especially the great Valeri Kharlamov, who made the Canadians look stiff. Cournoyer's magic on that goal really fired up Team Canada.

While most of the lines on Team Canada were shuffled throughout the series, Cournoyer seemed to find a home with Phil Esposito in the big games. 

In fact, Cournoyer was on the ice for the famous series winning goal, and was instrumental in setting it up. He was able to intercept a Soviet clearing attempt and fired a cross-ice pass to a streaking Henderson. Henderson of course was tripped up initially and unable to handle the puck. But the unit's big centerman Phil Esposito was able to swat the puck beyond the lone Soviet defender and to Henderson directly in front of the net. Henderson of course was able to bang the puck behind the fallen Vladislav Tretiak. Henderson joyously jumped into Cournoyer's arms in perhaps hockey's most famous photograph.

The Hockey Hall of Famer won 10 Stanley Cups in the National Hockey League, but is quick to include the September Showdown as an equal in his list of most cherished achievements in hockey.


1972 Summit Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #28 - Bobby Clarke - Center

Position: RW
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-7
Weight: 180
Born: 11/22/1943 Drummondville, Quebec
1972 NHL Team: Montreal Canadiens

Summit Series Statistics

8 3 2 5 2 27 46 0

Other Team Canada Appearances - None

NHL Career Notes - One of the NHL's greatest speedsters, Yvan Cournoyer's Hall of Fame career is highlighted by nine, yes nine, Stanley Cup championships. He was never better than in 1973 when he won the Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup playoffs MVP.

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 968 428 435 863 255
NHL Playoffs  147 64 63 127 47


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Read Yvan Cournoyer's memories of the Summit Series in Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now?  By Brian McFarlane $21.26 Cdn


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1972 Summit Series Games

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