Originally Posted by J-Mike88
And that's why I rooted for the Canadiens.
However, as one of the few here old enough to remember the Miracle on Ice, I will fully claim that the 1980 USA win over USSR (not even the gold medal game) was "bigger" than the Canada over USA was... because it was a historic upset.
I will say that that is correct. Especially considering home ice, political happenings at the time, best on college players.... it was certainly monumental. And in that tournament, there was no actual "gold medal game".
But insofar as importance goes, for Canadians, the '72 Summit Series win over the USSR is the trump card. From 1963 to 1972, the USSR had won 9 of the previous 10 world championships/Olympics (it claimed silver in '72), and was thought to be invincible. Especially on their home soil, in Moscow. And we beat 'em.
It was truly the first best-on-best international test, and it was a classic. And it really did pave the way for the tournaments we get to enjoy today..... best-on-best.