Wednesday, November 21, 2012

'30 in 30' LEGACY - Summit On Ice

Well, I don't want to do another 30 docs in 30 days anytime soon, but I do want to continue to post any sports documentaries that I watch.  Both for my own records and because there might be a couple of you who would be interested in watching them.

These will not be the drawn out reviews I did in October.  No chance.  These will be short and to the point.

I watched this offering a couple days ago after renting it from the library on the weekend.  Free is good.

Summit On Ice (1992)
96 mins.
Rated: G

This is a great behind-the-scenes documentary on the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia.  Done in 1992 and originally broadcast on CBC, this doc has a good selection of player interviews, archive footage and inside stories.  As well, Kenneth Welsh's voiceover is  really good.

While it doesn't go terribly in-depth with some of the happenings, it does paint a good picture of the events from (now) 40 years ago.  A solid watch.

4 out of 5


  1. Interestingly enough, in English class for the past couple days we've been discussing the issue of cheating and "winning at at all costs" and the subject of the Summit series came up and how the game changing moment of the series was Bobby Clarke's two handed chop at the ankle of the USSR player...

    Needless to say, arguing followed...

    But a fun class nonetheless, maybe I'll give the doc a watch

  2. Thanks I didn't know this existed. Will try to hunt it down online.

    Recently I saw the 2006 CBC made "Canada Russia '72" twp part TV movie online:

    Full movie:

    Anyways this seems a bit more interesting because it has interviews with the actual players. I do like the CBC ones though, the Don Cherry ones were good and I also saw one from 1995 called Net Worth...the story of Ted Lindsay and how he managed to start the PA which is my favourite one.