An exhibition match marking the 40th anniversary of ice hockey's legendary 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union could be played in February on Moscow’s Red Square."We have a working group and we have found partners on the Canadian side and sent them an invitation. We plan a ceremony along with a hockey match on February 26. I don't rule out that the match will take place on Red Square,"
Russia’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko told RIA Novosti.
According to the minister, 30 stars of past and present have been invited to take part. Among them are former Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque, veteran Finnish stars Jari Kurri and Esa Tikkanen, and Paul Henderson, who scored Canada's winning goals in the last three games of the summit series, securing victory for Canada, who have already confirmed their participation.
The organizers hope more Canadian stars, including 1972 team captain Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull, Paul Coffey, Mark Recchi, Dale Hawerchuk and Wayne Gretzky will also agree to take part.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and International Ice Hockey Federation chief Rene Fasel are also expected to visit the high-profile event.
The historic series took place at the height of the Cold War in September 1972. With three wins apiece and one draw it went to a deciding game, in which Henderson scored the winner with half a minute remaining in the final period to win the match 6-5 and the series 4-3.
The series is still regarded as one of the greatest sporting moments for both ice hockey superpowers.