Document drop: 3,000 pages of 1972 Summit Series files

Last week, I wrote up a post on a 1972 pamphlet that Air Canada prepared for Canadian hockey fans heading to the USSR to watch the Summit Series. It was buried in more than 3,000 pages of government documents, news clippings, team and player itineraries and other files obtained from the Canadian government under the Access to … Read more…

Pamphlet for Canadian hockey fans travelling to USSR for 1972 Summit Series

Summit Series

It’s 1972 and you, Joe Canadian hoser, wants to travel to the USSR to watch the Summit Series. Lucky for you, Air Canada has created a brochure to make sure you didn’t so something really stupid overseas, like take pictures of military installations from the plane or throw stuff on the ice because you’re mad … Read more…

Important Canadian diplomatic cable: “Hockey & Broomball”


A lot of us kind of shook our heads when the National Hockey League started plopping teams down in the U.S. Sunbelt over the past couple of decades, but you have to believe it did more work studying those markets than it did the first time around. This diplomatic cable, obtained under the Access to Information … Read more…

Which sporting event rated highest among Canadians in government poll?

A few years out from the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, the organizers (and the federal government, presumably, since that’s where this comes from) a poll to gauge Canadians’ attitudes toward that event and others, including the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Olympics. Here are the particulars of the poll, obtained under the Access to Information Act.