October 2, 2012

Canada-Russia hockey mockumentary

Forty years ago, a series of hockey games were played in Canada and Russia. The games are being remembered as a pivotal moment in Canadian hockey history. All members of the Canadian team agree that losing the series would have been disastrous. 

A spoof of the Summit Series, called Shadrin Has Scored for Russia!, was published in 2001. It was written by Kevin Sylvester, popular children's author of the Neil Flambé mysteries. Subtitled The Day Canadian Hockey Died, it pokes hilarious fun at one of the greatest moments in Canadian sports. In this irreverent little book, Henderson didn't score, Tretiak made the save, and Shadrin scored the game winner for Russia. Hostile Canadians turn against the team, hockey ceases to be our national sport, and our former hockey heroes are forced to play in Russia, where the Stanley Cup has been renamed (and remodelled) into the Stanislav Cup. Meanwhile, the big, tough players left in Canada are either curlers, lion tamers, or figure skaters.

Unfortunately, the book is now out-of-print, but copies may be purchased directly from the author. Contact Kevin at http://kevinarts.blogspot.ca/.

The Neil Flambé books by Kevin Sylvester:

Neil Flambe & the Marco Polo Murders
Neil Flambé and the Crusader's Curse
Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction
Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure

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