The Soviet Union has won the 1971 "Izvestia" ice-hockey tournament held at the Sports Palace in Moscow.
GV & MV USSR vs Czechoslovakia (in black) play in progress(3 shots)
GV USSR scores
GV Crowd applauds
CU & MV USSR scores again
CU & MV USSR scores again (3 shots)
SV Crowd applauds
GV Play in progress
GV Czechoslovakia (in white) vs Finland - play in progress (10 shots)
GV USSR vs. Sweden (in black shorts) play in progress (2 shots)
GV USSR scores
GV Crowd applauds
GV USSR scores again
CU Girl watching
MV Tournament emblem
MV Cups and trophies
GV PAN winning teams await prize-giving
MV & CU Cup presented to player
MV Player receives wooden doll on behalf of team
MV Winning team receives doll
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SPORT: ICE HOCKEY
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Background: The Soviet Union has won the 1971 "Izvestia" ice-hockey tournament held at the Sports Palace in Moscow.
Teams from Czechoslovakia, Sweden and Finland took part in the competition -- viewed by hockey enthusiasts as an important pointer to the coming Winter Olympics in Japan.
SYNOPSIS: Play in progress in the 1971 "Izvestia" ice-hockey tournament. It was held at the Sports Palace in Moscow and was viewed by hockey enthusiasts as an important pointer to the coming Winter Olympics in Japan. In this game - a clash between the old rivals Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, the home side quickly got the upper hand to the delight of the huge Moscow crowd.
The Czechoslovaks in black -- again on the defence. But it doesn't hold up -- and the puck is in the net again.
Again, the Soviet Union on the attack. And again, it's rewarded with a goal.
The game between these two rivals attracted keenest interest at the tournament. But on this occasion the Soviet Union was clearly the batter side, and won 5-2.
Czechoslovakia, wearing white this time, meets Finland in another match in the "Izvestia" tournament. This match was among the hardest fought of the series - and the term "stubbornness" was applied by observers to players on both sides. Play moved freely from one and of the rink to the other -- and both goal-keepers were constantly kept busy. For Finland -- the match made ice-hockey history. Never had they been so close to winning an international tournament. Finally they were to lose to Czechoslovakia - but only by one goal to nil. And this failure by Czechoslovakia is to win by a greater margin robbed the Czech side of any chance of winning the tournament overall
The final match of the tournament with the Soviet Union playing Sweden -- the Swedish players wearing black shorts. The visiting side found themselves totally outclassed by the Soviet Union -- who repeatedly broke through their ragged defence. As a result of this match, Sweden was to occupy bottom place in the final result. The Soviet Union beat them 12 goals to one.
The tournament over -- the presentation of trophies. The winning team was the Soviet Union and the Soviet player Vikulov was judged best forward in the competition.
The best goalkeeper was Baltonen of Finland, and Popishil of Czechoslovakia was chosen as the best back. All names to be reckoned with at Sapporo.
Three enormous sets of Russian wooden dolls were presented to the national teams of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Finland. And for the Swedes - a consolation prize in the form of a huge ginger cake.