Canada vs. Sweden
Canada heads to Europe,
stops in Stockholm
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The games featured very angry Canadians brawling their way through the games. The Swedes were very upset at this display. Even the Canadian ambassador was critical of Team Canada's play.
However coach Harry Sinden isn't nearly as quick to blame his players. Sinden, who had a good history in the international game, never appreciated the Swedish game. He called them "sneaks, and dirty hockey players." He claimed the Swedes prepared themselves for a rough game given the reputation of the National Hockey League and of Canadian hockey players. While the Canadians didn't just show up and start brawling like the Hanson Brothers or the Broadstreet Bullies, they did answer the call once the Swedes began their tactics of stick work and interference.
"The Swedes kept backstabbing our players all night and our guys did the obvious in retaliation. We didn't try to be cute about it: we just swung around and let the guy have it with a cross check. Of course, the officials seemed intent on showing the Canadians they weren't going to be intimidated by any of the antics of these professionals. We started getting the majority of the penalties, when in almost every instance it was a cheap shot that triggered the reaction. We never would have tolerated it in Canada, " wrote Sinden.
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"They were absolutely terrible. The couldn't even skate," wrote Harry Sinden, somewhat over-emphatically, in his book Hockey Showdown. Their incompetence helped the game become very bitter.
The most painful injury
In typical Cashman fashion, the thing that ticks him off the most is that while he was soundly criticized for his over-exuberant play in Stockholm, none of the Swedish papers mentioned his lacerated tongue.
Want Copies of the
The only sure-fire way to acquire the games on tape is to buy them from the archives of the Swedish broadcaster. But it won't be cheap. One game could cost you $20,000 US, and both games would probably up to more than $40,000 US! The Swedish broadcaster apparently sells these tapes at an approximate equivalent price of $120 US per minute! Now considering a hockey game takes about 3 hours in North America nowadays, that would be $21,600 US for one game! Even if we assume there is fewer commercial stoppages, the games would likely have taken over 2 hours to complete since they were penalty filled.
Why so expensive? The broadcaster probably is used to selling just clips to other broadcasters. Very few people probably ask the complete items. It makes good business sense to charge other broadcasters a large amount for a clip, but this prices out the vast majority of the true hockey fans or researchers or the curious.