By Bruce Lowett
Gordie Howe's career was in its twilight. Wayne Gretzky was only a glimmer on the NHL horizon. Hockey was essentially a Canadian sport with limited United States appeal, mostly in the Northeast.
But the United States vs. the Soviet Union in anything was still big in the Cold War era, and the Olympics were as good a flash point as any.
The U.S. team beat the Soviets 3-2 en route to its gold medal at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. But that was a different era.Read More »