This paper forms part of a panel presentation and discussion that re-evaluates the Summit Series from a more critical perspective than the nostalgic rhetoric of the recent, 2012, 40th anniversary of the event. This part of the panel presentation will examine this question: What factors have served to enshrine the Series to the Mythic and Mono-mythic Levels? Evidence utilized includes game-films from the series; the collective rhetoric of secondary sources such as 27 Days in Sept, Face Off at the Summit, Hockey Nite in Moscow, The Days Canada Stood Still, Hockey Showdown, and Shooting for Glory; film analysis such as the 2006 Canada:Russia ’72 CBC documentary and Brett Kashmere’s video essay/documentary Valery’s Ankle; and selected newspaper media reflections/renderings of the games in the Series. The argument presented is that the Series encapsulated a whorl of deeply hallowed elements that coagulated into making the Series larger than myth. The paper explores issues such as the mythic process, archetypal patterns (Snow White and the 7 Canuck ‘Dwarfs’ and the evil-witch of Communism, for example), the graphic and the iconographic, narrative richness and meta-narrative (Esposito’s ‘rant’ compared to King Henry V’s St Crispin’s day exhortation to his troops preceding the Battle of Agincourt in Shakespeare’s King Henry V), and cultural context and texts such as the Cold War, movies like Deliverance and The Godfather, and the meaning of Foster Hewitt’s “Henderson Has Scored for Canada,” regarding the shot not-heard round the world. The significance of this paper to our understanding of sport history is that it will be rendered in a panel that looks critically at a watershed – or was it – event in Canadian sport. This paper and those of the other panelists will provide a unique set of perspectives on the Series beyond the realm of the endless rhetoric of nostalgia.
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