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The Canada Cup was an invitational international ice hockey tournament held on five occasions between 1976 and 1991. The tournament was created to meet demand for a true world championship that allowed the best players from participating nations to compete regardless of their status as professional or amateur. It was sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation, Hockey Canada and the National Hockey League. Canada won the tournament four times, while the Soviet Union captured the championship once. It was succeeded by the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.
Due to National Hockey League (NHL) players' ineligibility in the Winter Olympics and the annual World Championships, both amateur competitions, Canada was not able to field their best players in top international tournaments. While the top players in Europe qualified as amateurs, all the best Canadian players competed in the professional NHL or World Hockey Association.
Following the 1972 and 1974 Summit Series, in which Canadian players from the NHL and World Hockey Association (WHA) competed against the top players from the Soviet Union, there was interest in a world hockey championship where each country could send its best players. In a combined effort from Doug Fisher of Hockey Canada and Alan Eagleson of the NHL Players' Association, plans for such a tournament soon began.
After successful negotiations with hockey officials from the Soviet Union in September 1974, Eagleson began arranging the Canada Cup tournament, which debuted in 1976. Eagleson would later plead guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars of Canada Cup proceeds.
Taking place in the NHL off-season, it was the first international hockey tournament in which the best players from all nations, professional and amateur alike, could compete against one another. Six teams competed in each edition. In addition to Canada and the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United States were regular competitors (with the exception of West Germany replacing Finland in 1984). The tournaments, held every three or four years, took place in North American venues. Of the five Canada Cup tournaments, four were won by Canada, while the Soviet Union won once, in 1981.
Canada won the inaugural Canada Cup in 1976, defeating recent 1976 World Championship gold medalists Czechoslovakia in the final. The championship game was won by a 5–4 score with Darryl Sittler scoring the game-winner in overtime. Five years later, the Soviets won their first and only Canada Cup with an 8-1 win over Canada in the final. The Canadians then re-captured the championship in the third edition of the tournament in 1984. After Canadian Mike Bossy scored an overtime game-winner to defeat the Soviets in the semi-finals, Canada won their second Canada Cup in a victory over Sweden in the final.
The 1987 Canada Cup was particularly noteworthy as Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, widely considered two of the greatest hockey players of all-time, joined together as linemates on Team Canada to capture the country's third championship. All three games in the final between Canada and the Soviets ended in 6-to-5 scores, with two games going to overtime. Lemieux dramatically scored the championship-winning goal on a 2-on-1 pass from Gretzky in the final minutes of the deciding game at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. Gretzky won the Most valuable Player (MVP) Award in the tournament as he was the leading scorer (3 Goals - 18 assists - 21 Points).
The final Canada Cup was held in 1991 with Canada defeating the United States in the tournament's first all-North American final, for their third straight championship and fourth overall. Five years later, the Canada Cup was replaced by the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.
From 1967-1994 the Blues played in the old Arena. They started as a 'gray poupon' fan favorite, but quickly became a blue-collar team for a blue-collar fan base. It was during these years I became a fan and a season ticket holder in 1984, driving over a 100 miles each way from home to see a game. Yep, I was a fan! Which pretty much sums up these pages about 'The Arena' years of the St. Louis Blues.
Since entering the NHL, the St. Louis Blues have employed some of the greatest players in history. Such old-time hockey heroes as Dickie Moore, Doug Harvey, Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante helped give the team its start. Legendary architects Lynn Patrick and Emile Francis once ran the Blues, and championship team builders Cliff Fletcher and Jimmy Devellano had stints on the St. Louis hockey staff. Coaches include Stanley Cup champions Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour and Jacques Demers.
The Blues were the best of the NHL's six expansion teams, playing a disciplined defensive game that allowed them to outperform the other fledgling franchises. Midway through their inaugural campaign, Scotty Bowman convinced future Hall of Fame forward Dickie Moore to make a comeback. Moore, who hadn't laced up the blades since retiring at the end of the 1964-65 season, quickly established himself as the team leader.
With Moore and, later, Doug Harvey providing the emotional lift, the Blues survived two gruelling seven-game marathons against Philadelphia and Minnesota before reaching the Stanley Cup finals. Waiting there to welcome them were the well-rested Montreal Canadiens, still steaming from their loss to the underdog Toronto Maple Leafs 12 months earlier. The Blues fought hard, losing in four one-goal games, but it was clear the gap in talent was too wide for the Blues to overcome.
Hall and Jacques Plante were stellar in goal and the Plager brothers, Barclay and Bob, led a gritty defense that also featured Al Arbour and Doug Harvey. Red Berenson, Ab McDonald and Gary Sabourin led the offense. Berenson's six-goal game in Philadelphia during the 1968-69 season remains one of the great milestones for the franchise.
Bowman added the general manager's portfolio to his resume in 1968 and he continued to mold his oldtimers into a lovable team that filled the old St. Louis Arena. Alas, the good times would not last. The Blues continued to be the best of the bunch in the West Division, reaching the Stanley Cup finals again in both 1969 and 1970. Once there, however, they were unable to win a game against their Original Six opponents, dropping four-game decisions to Montreal and Boston.
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