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    1972 Team USSR Jersey from the Summit Series. "Sometimes I felt it was a real war on ice. We shook hands before and after the games, but I'm not sure it was the handshake of sportsmanship. We were hockey rivals and each of us wanted to show the world our superiority." -- Boris Mikhailov (Team USSR)

    "It was war and, yes, hell for us whether we wanted it or not." -- Phil Esposito (Team Canada)

    Like the 1972 World Chess Championship played the month before, when Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky to become the World Chess Champion, the 1972 Summit Series (between Team Canada and Team USSR) also pitted the best in the world on opposing sides of the Iron Curtain in battle for world supremacy and Cold War bragging rights.

    Red wool jersey with white trim has "CCCP" on the chest and "28" on sleeves in thick white felt. "28" appears on the verso in shiny white satin on thick red felt. While this exemplar is an exact style match to other jerseys worn in the series, it was most likely an extra as there is no record of a number twenty-eight having played. Still, when you consider the scarceness of Soviet hockey jerseys from this period, the cultural implications of the 1972 Summit Series in the context of the Cold War, and the historical significance this tournament in the timeline of hockey, this jersey stands as a remarkable exemplar. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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