Episode Guide


Produced by Mercury Films and Impossible Objects, this timely documentary series premiered September 14, 2022 on CBC. It tells the definitive story of the legendary 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series of Hockey upon its 50th anniversary, and through a modern lens explores its legacy and lasting influence on Canadian national identity, framing it against the political and cultural climate of the times in both countries, and around the world. With never-before-seen 16mm archival footage restored in stunning 4k, and exclusive interviews with key players, SUMMIT 72 brings an unforgettable moment in Canadian history to life on screen as never seen before. Audiences will relive—or experience for the first time—the adrenaline-fuelled, edge-of-your-seat drama of one of the most monumental cultural proxy battles of the Cold War, and trace its many reverberations in the zeitgeist right up to the present day.


The start of the eight-game 1972 Summit Series between Team Soviet Union and Team Canada quickly proved how harrowing this meeting would be for the teams and the countries and philosophies they represented.
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Alexander Yakushev circles the net as Ken Dryden covers the puck during Game Four action of the Summit Series on September 8th, 1972 at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Photo courtesy of The Hockey Hall of Fame, ⓒHockey Hall of Fame
People of two nations realize there is more at stake than simply determining who is best at “Canada’s Game.”
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Summit 72 Ep1 Paul Henderson Concussion at the Luzhniki Arena Photo courtesy of Hockey Hall of Fame and 72 Summit Productions Inc
With its back against the wall, Team Canada and a legion of loyal fans travel to Sweden and then into hostile territory behind the Iron Curtain
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Summit 72 Ep1 Phil Esposito and Pierre Trudeau at the Montreal Forum Photo courtesy of Hockey Hall of Fame and 72 Summit Productions Inc
Episode 4: 72 SUMMIT: LEGACY
A small nation with a heart bigger than it knew confronts the challenge of a lifetime.
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A CBC original documentary, SUMMIT 72 is produced by Mercury Films in association with Impossible Objects. Nicholas de Pencier, Robert MacAskill and Naveen Prasad serve as producers, while Mercury Films’ Jennifer Baichwal, and Impossible Objects’ Prasad serve as Executive Producers. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual, & Sports; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; Sandra Kleinfeld is Senior Director, Documentary; and Mike Miner is Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs. SUMMIT 72 is produced with the support of The Rogers Documentary Fund, The Rogers Cable Network Fund and The Canadian Media Fund. The DVD/Blu-ray release is produced by Unobstructed View, Inc.