A nation's history and narrative is often punctuated by acts of great courage, sacrifice, and achievement. They are part of shaping our *** and vital to strengthening our social fabric.
In 1972, in the midst of the Cold War, a group of Canadian sportsmen were involved in a historic encounter that still lingers in the hearts, and minds of all of us who witnessed it. The Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union wasn't merely a battle between two great powers in the field of Hockey, it was a moment that changed the lives of those involved, and brought pride to Canadians across the nation.
The late-Pat Stapleton was an instrumental part of that team, and their come-from-behind victories in the Soviet Union, earned the group the title of “Team of The Century”. On a recent visit to the Ivey Business School, Pat spoke about his desire to recognize the 50th anniversary of this milestone, with a learning initiative that would be the team's way of saying "Thank you" to Canada and the game of Hockey.
In honour of Pat and the Team of 1972, the “Legends to Legacy” initiative will take teachable moments from the Summit Series, and share them with future generations for the betterment of Canada. The initiative will be led by Ivey Lecturer and Director of the Business Families Centre, David Simpson, MBA '88.
If you would like to know more, or how you can be involved with the "Legends to Legacy" programs, please contact David Simpson at email@example.com
Last week, Hockey Heaven received its newest and kindest member with the sudden passing of former Chicago BlackHawk captain Pat Stapleton. Often referred to as “Whitey” for the head of hair topping his 5’6’’ frame, this tenacious defenceman had a rare combination of toughness and courage combined with grace and thoughtfulness. He was one of the kindest people I ever met. When you asked Pat “how are you today” he would respond “perfect- because you are in my life”.
I, like many Canadians will never forget that moment in 1972 when we were all brought together in our school gymnasium to watch the old black and white television set the janitors (now custodians) rigged up for us to watch the daytime games of the Canada-Soviet Summit Series being played in Moscow. Pat was an instrumental part of that team, and their come-from-behind victories in the Soviet Union became legendary and earned the group the title of “Team of The Century”. He was very proud of what the team accomplished and even prouder of the positive impact that series had on our nation.
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