International Classic Cards

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  • 1972 Summit Series: Canada and the USSR
  • 1987 Canada Cup: Gretzky and Lemieux together the only time (for team Canada)
  • 1996 World Cup: A nearly perfect U.S. team dominates with Lafontaine, Hull, Leetch, Richter
Full Summary

Here’s your chance to play what are arguably the four greatest international teams ever in the most celebrated international competitions. No hockey fans have forgotten Canada’s dramatic comeback to win the eight-game Summit Series against Russia in 1972, nor Canada’s best-of-three victory over Russia in the heart-stopping games of the 1987 Canada Cup, nor the dominant United States team in the 1996 World Cup.

These teams (both from 1972, Canada from 1987, the U.S. from 1996) have been carded based on stats from these tournaments, their same-season regular-season numbers and their career stats.

Down 3 games to 1 (with one tie) in 1972, Canada traveled to Moscow and won all of the final three games, the last on Paul Henderson’s “Goal of the Century” with 34 seconds left after Canada had trailed 5-3 after two periods. Play Canada’s Bobby Orr, Brad Park, Phil Esposito, Stan Mikita, Bobby Clarke, Frank Mahovlich and Ken Dryden against the USSR’s Vladimir Tretiak, Valery Kharlamov, Alexander Maltsev, Boris Mikhailov and Alexander Yakushev.

The only time Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux played together was in the 1987 Canada Cup. Unbeaten Canada and once-beaten Russia split the first two games of the final series by identical 6-5 scores. The third game was 5-5 when, with 1:26 to play, Lemieux scored the game-winner on a pass from Gretzky. See what a Gretzky-Lemieux team can do with teammates like Edmonton’s Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and Paul Coffey, Winnipeg’s Dale Hawerchuk, Quebec’s Michel Goulet, Washington’s Mike Gartner, Philadelphia’s Brian Propp and Rick Tocchet, Boston’s Ray Bourque and St. Louis’ Doug Gilmour.

In the 1996 World Cup, the U.S. went 6-1 with a perfect blend of speed, power, firepower and defense. The Americans beat Canada, Slovakia and Russia twice by a combined score of 24-10 to enter a best-of-three final series against Canada. Canada won the first game, 4-3, in overtime in Philadelphia. That was the U.S.’ only close game, and it dominated the next two in Montreal, both by 5-2 scores. The U.S. team had swift and talented centers Pat Lafontaine, Mike Modano and Doug Weight, power forwards Bill Guerin, John LeClair and Keith Tkachuk, sniper wings Brett Hull, Tony Amonte and Adam Deadmarsh, swift playmaking defensemen Phil Housley, Brian Leetch and Gary Suter and premier defenders in blueliners Chris Chelios, Derian Hatcher and Kevin Hatcher, plus goalkeeper Mike Richter.

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