1979 Challenge Cup (ice hockey)

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The 1979 Challenge Cup Trophy

The 1979 Challenge Cup was a series of international ice hockey games between the Soviet Union national ice hockey team and a team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League. The games were played on February 8, 10, and 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It replaced the NHL's all-star festivities for the 1978–79 NHL season. The Soviets defeated the NHL All-Stars 2 games to 1.

The team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League included 23 Canadians and 3 Swedish players. Bobby Orr commenting in the post-game interviews after Game 2, accidentally called the NHL All-Stars "Team Canada" (because of the number of Canadians on the roster). The Challenge Cup, unlike its predecessor, the Summit Series, included non-Canadian born players in the NHL rosters.

NHL All-Stars roster

Soviet UnionSoviet Union roster

Uniforms

The NHL vastly simplified their white All-Star uniforms, removing most of the striping and stars. The NHL shield on the front was enlarged, while the logos on the shoulders remained the same. The striping was reduced to two thin stripes, orange over black, separated by a thin white stripe. The names on the back remained in black with orange trim, and the numerals remained orange with black trim.

The Soviet team used their standard red national uniforms, which they also used when touring against the teams of the World Hockey Association (while billed as the "Soviet All-Stars"). The jerseys featured two white stripes at the waistline - one thin stripe over a wider stripe studded with red diamonds. The sleeve stripes followed a similar pattern, but without the diamonds on the wide stripes, and an additional white stripe below the wide band. While the Soviet team normally used Cyrillic script on its uniforms, the names on the back of the jerseys for the Challenge Cup were romanized for the event. The front of the jerseys retained the iconic Cyrillic СССР initials.

Game log

Game 1

  • February 8, 1979 - NHL All-Stars 4 - Soviet Union 2
  • Goals:
  • 1st Period
  • NHL - Guy Lafleur (Bobby Clarke, Steve Shutt) 0:16 1st period
  • NHL - Mike Bossy (Gilbert Perreault, Guy Lafleur) 6:22 1st period (pp)
  • USSR - Boris Mikhailov (Valeri Vasiliev, Valeri Kharlamov) 11:25 1st period (pp)
  • NHL - Bob Gainey (Bill Barber, Barry Beck) 15:48 1st period
  • Penalties: Viktor Zhluktov, USSR 0:59; Vladimir Petrov, USSR 5:13; Lanny McDonald, NHL 8:31; Clark Gillies, NHL 10:59; Viktor Zhluktov, USSR 12:21
  • 2nd Period
  • NHL - Clark Gillies (Mike Bossy) 8:14 2nd period
  • Penalties: Gennadiy Tsygankov, USSR 10:48
  • 3rd Period
  • USSR - Vladimir Golikov (Aleksandr Golikov, Sergei Makarov) 3:02 3rd period
  • Penalties: None
  • Shots on goal:
  • Soviet Union: 10 9 5 - 24
  • NHL All-Stars: 6 5 9 - 20
  • Goalies:
  • Vladislav Tretiak, USSR (20/24) 60 minutes, 4 goals against
  • Ken Dryden, NHL (18/20) 60 minutes, 2 goals against
  • Attendance: 17,438 at New York

Game 2

  • February 10, 1979 - Soviet Union 5 - NHL All-Stars 4
  • Goals:
  • 1st Period
  • USSR - Sergei Kapustin (Sergei Starikov) 8:10 1st period
  • NHL - Mike Bossy (Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies) 13:35 1st period (pp)
  • NHL - Bryan Trottier (Clark Gillies, Mike Bossy) 18:21 1st period
  • Penalties: Vladimir Kovin, USSR 12:32; Gilbert Perreault, NHL 15:13
  • 2nd Period
  • NHL - Gilbert Perreault (Darryl Sittler) 0:27 2nd period
  • USSR - Mikhail Varnakov (Aleksandr Skvortsov) 2:05 2nd period
  • NHL - Larry Robinson (Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne) 5:06 2nd period
  • USSR - Boris Mikhailov (Vladimir Petrov, Valeri Vasiliev) 17:02 2nd period (pp)
  • USSR - Sergei Kapustin (Viktor Zhluktov) 17:47 2nd period
  • Penalties: Borje Salming, NHL 8:04; Barry Beck, NHL 15:07
  • 3rd Period
  • USSR - Vladimir Golikov (Sergei Makarov) 1:31 3rd period
  • Penalties: None
  • Shots on goal:
  • Soviet Union: 5 5 6 - 16
  • NHL All-Stars: 7 14 10 - 31
  • Goalies:
  • Vladislav Tretiak, USSR (12/16) 60 minutes, 4 goals against
  • Ken Dryden, NHL (26/31) 60 minutes, 5 goals against
  • Attendance: 17,438 at New York

Game 3

  • February 11, 1979 - Soviet Union 6 - NHL All-Stars 0[1]
  • Goals:
  • 1st Period
  • No Scoring
  • Penalties: None
  • 2nd Period
  • USSR - Boris Mikhailov (Aleksandr Golikov) 5:47 2nd period
  • USSR - Viktor Zhluktov (Helmunts Balderis, Valeri Vasiliev) 7:44 2nd period (pp)
  • Penalties: Don Marcotte, NHL 6:27; Valeri Vasiliev, USSR 10:48; Vladimir Myshkin, USSR 12:27 (served by Irek Gimaev, USSR); Bryan Trottier, NHL 12:27
  • 3rd Period
  • USSR - Helmuts Balderis (Irek Gimayev) 8:44 3rd period
  • USSR - Vladimir Kovin (Aleksandr Skvortsov, Mikhail Varnakov) 10:21 3rd period
  • USSR - Sergei Makarov (Sergei Kapustin) 12:44 3rd period
  • USSR - Aleksandr Golikov 14:46 3rd period
  • Penalties: Boris Mikhailov, USSR 14:22
  • Shots on goal:
  • Soviet Union: 7 7 10 - 24
  • NHL All-Stars: 6 6 7 - 19
  • Goalies:
  • Vladimir Myshkin, USSR (24/24) 60 minutes, 0 goals against
  • Gerry Cheevers, NHL (13/19) 60 minutes, 6 goals against
  • Attendance: 17,545 at New York

References

  1. ^ "SOVIETS EMBARRASS NHL ALL STARS 6-0 TO WIN CHALLENGE CUP". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 

External links

  • Challenge Cup 1979 rosters and stats.
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