SH: Certainly one of the two or three most important. I'd also go to the [eight-game] 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. The second game in Toronto after we were blown out in the first game. It was do or die. The national psyche was at stake. This gold medal game was very, very important as well, but it's different. The Canada-Soviet series had an overarching reality of cold war confrontation, which really nothing today can replicate.
Given a choice, would you be serving as prime minister or playing in the NHL?
SH: It's probably terrible to say, but any Canadian boy, if he could play in the NHL, would play in the NHL.