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A great day learning history — Russian and hockey

- September 3rd, 2012

Day 3
Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. in Moscow
The Great One arrived in Moscow. So did the Moose and the Golden Brett.
Boy, it’ll be a good show.
As much as this journey to Russia is about the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, it’s also honouring the 1987 Canada Cup series, which had the incredibly entertaining best-of-three final series between Canada and the Soviet Union.
Because the players from the 1972 series are now in their late 60s and 70s, this year’s events needed some younger blood on the ice for the charity games in St. Petersburg and Yaroslavl.
Enter Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Brett Hull, who are headlining a team which will include the likes of Glenn Anderson, Denis Maruk, Wayne Babych, Claude Lemieux, Cliff Ronning, Brian Propp, Pat Verbeek, Borje Salming and Esa Tikkanen. Mike Keenan is going to coach that crew.
A big chunk of the gang arrived in Moscow this evening — getting to their hotel around 9:30 p.m. — and the fun has begun.
All those on-hand were enjoying a dinner and swapping stories into the night. It’s kind of a shame to have to leave for work (I still have a pair of articles to right at this time) and miss out on the fun and frivolity.
But the day included all kinds of fun.
Those who arrived in Moscow early Monday went on an incredible tour of the Moscow Kremlin, with the beautiful cathedrals and the Armoury, an amazing museum filled with an impossible to value worth of treasure and history.
Some things make a late night working worth it.

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