Titans of ‘72

Overview

In September 1972 Team Canada’s heroes triumphed over the Soviet Union in the greatest hockey battle of all time.

Phil and Tony Esposito, Paul Henderson, Ken Dryden, Frank and Peter Mahovlich, Ron Ellis, Yvan Cournoyer, Rod Gilbert, Bobby Clarke, Guy Lapointe, Stan Mikita, Brad Park - these are some of the Team Canada heroes who struggled mightily to defeat the Soviet Union’s formidable superstars. For most of September 1972, Canadians were riveted to their television screens in what became one of the most-watched events in Canadian history.

At first, in Canada, the Canadians floundered so badly, losing two games and tying one, that it seemed impossible to overcome the embarrassment of total defeat. But in Moscow, after losing another match, Team Canada turned the tables on the Soviets, winning an amazing three games in a row to take the Summit Series.

Now, in Titans of ’72, bestselling author Mike Leonetti tells the stories behind each Canadian on that fabled Team Canada, including those like Bobby Orr who didn’t actually play. Accompanying Leonetti’s portraits of these genuine Canadian heroes are superb pictures by Harold Barkley, a photographer who pioneered the use of stop-action colour photography in hockey.

About the Authors

Mike Leonetti

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Mike Leonetti

Mike Leonetti has published more than 30 hockey books, including Hockey's Original 6: Great Players of the Golden Era, Shooting for Glory: The Paul Henderson Story, and The Game We Knew trilogy. His picture books for children include My Leafs Sweater and The Greatest Goal. He lives in Woodbridge, Ontario.

Roy MacGregor

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Roy MacGregor

Roy MacGregor is the bestselling author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons, and Hockey (shortlisted for the Governor General's Award), Northern Light, and Canadians. Currently, he is a regular columnist for the Globe & Mail. His journalism has earned him four National Magazine Awards and two National Newspaper Awards. In 2012 he became a Media Honouree Hockey Hall of Fame. He lives in Ottawa.