Early yesterday morning, two dozen teenagers took the ice somewhere in the middle of Southern Siberia to play for their countries. Canada and Russia are taking part in an 8-game series pitting their Under-20 teams against each other. This is a series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Summit Series in 1972, which was pretty highly publicized, if just for the fact that everyone wanted to see the Russians get their asses handed to them, even if it was by a bunch of goddamn socialist Canucks.
So why has this series never been publicized? The first game happened on Monday, and unless you were searching for it, you’d have no idea it was even happening. Why? Join me after the jump and we’ll figure out why beating up on the Russians just doesn’t have the same appeal lately…and how it can be fixed.