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Canusa Street Episode 50: Face-Off: The 1972 Summit Series

December 11, 2022

50 years ago, Canada and the Soviet Union faced off in an historic hockey summit series at the height of the Cold War. The impact of the series on both countries, hockey itself, and the cross-cutting field of sports diplomacy are felt to this day.

This week, Chris and Scotty are joined by Ambassador Gary Smith, author of Ice War Diplomat, and Andrew Holman, Professor of History and Director of Canadian Studies at Bridgewater University.

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Gary Smith Headshot

Ambassador Gary Smith

Former Canadian Ambassador
Andrew Holman

Andrew Holman

Professor of History; Director of Canadian Studies, Bridgewater State University


Chris Sands

Christopher Sands

Director, Canada Institute
Maryscott Greenwood Profile Photo

Maryscott "Scotty" Greenwood

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian American Business Council

Canada Institute

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