- Jul 1, 2007Things like:
"I wasn't even near the puck when a Swedish player comes up and with an
axelike motion slashes me across the arm. I retaliated this time by
clipping him in the nose. He was quite an actor. He skated around the
ice pointing to his bloody nose. Then he stood in front of the TV
cameras and did the same thing."
---In reality, according to the film, Sjoberg was nowhere near Hadfield
who clashed with a another Swede in the corner. Hadfield came to the
front of the net and purposely slashed his stick right at Sjoberg's
face. Nothing to do with getting the puck. And after the incident all
Sjoberg did was skate to the end of the ice to go to the dressing room.
He did look over to Hadfield in the penalty box but never made a signal.
All Hadfield was doing in the penalty box was fixing his care - not
very concerned at all.
"He got into a fight with Ulf Sterner, who once played for the Rangers.
Sterner stuck the blade of his stick into Cashman's mouth and left Cash
with a slice tongue. Nice guys."
---Well, there was no fight for one thing. It was Cashman with his
stick up going after Sterner along the boards. Sterner put his own
stick up in defence.
"Ron Ellis was jumped from behind and kicked in the head. That was
never mentioned. But on taped replays on TV you could see the Swedes
spearing and kicking."
---If Ellis had such a vile thing done to him, someone covering the
game for a newspaper or any other player or Canadian official's account
of this incident would have at least mentioned it. Ellis never even
mentioned it in his own book when he wrote about the 2 games.
And 'taped replays'?? What access did Hadfield have to something that
was televised only in Sweden? I'm assuming he stayed in his hotel room
to watch a replay, if there was a replay that night. From all accounts,
the Team Canada players went out on the town that night. And, I'm sure
that Swedish TV would not be showing any highlights that showed their
own players spearing and kicking.
It's that sort of thing. It seemed to me that Hadfield's book was
simply for damage control of his reputation after the '72 series. It's
one thing if he left the team to come home. That was his choice. But
the fact that he was trying to recruit others to go with him could have
done a lot of damage. Fortunately, only 3 others did and not the up to
10 or 12 that he claims were going to leave.
Hadfield actually played ok in the second Canada-Sweden game and scored
a pretty skillful goal. Because of that, he might have thought that he
would be playing with Ratelle and Gilbert in Moscow.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Swanrvr80@... wrote:
> What parts of Hadfield's book were fiction? Thanks.
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