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Rendez-vous '87 was an 2 game international ice hockey series of games between the Soviet men's national ice hockey team and a team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League, held in Quebec City. It replaced the NHL's All-Star festivities for the 1986–87 NHL season. The Soviet team was paid $80,000 for their appearance in Rendez-vous '87, while the NHL raised $350,000 for the players' pension fund.

Rendez-vous '87 was designed as a follow-up to the Challenge Cup series in 1979, hoping that the team of NHL All-Stars could beat the Soviet team, unlike before. To this end, the series was a two-game affair instead of a three-game affair in 1979. The two-game series took place during five days of festivities starting on February 9, 1987 and finishing on February 13. The series was very successful, with some, including Wayne Gretzky, calling for more international hockey, especially between Canada and Soviet Union, the two top powers of hockey at the time. The teams split the games, with NHL winning the first game, 4-3, followed by a Soviet Union 5-3 victory two nights later.

Though Soviet Union outscored the NHL 8-7 over the two games, Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonovmade no claim to victory. "The NHL didn't win and neither did we, the person that won was hockey itself. Both games were like holidays, like festivals, two of the greatest hockey games you'll ever see."

Game 1 of Rendez-vous '87
1 2 3 Total
U.S.S.R. 0 1 2 3
NHL All-Stars 1 1 2 4
Date February 11, 1987
Arena Le Colisée
City Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance 15,398
Game 2 of Rendez-vous '87
1 2 3 Total
U.S.S.R. 0 3 2 5
NHL All-Stars 1 0 2 3
Date February 13, 1987
Arena Le Colisée
City Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance 15,395

Television coverage Edit

While the telecasts in Canada were on CBC as usual, they were not Hockey Night in Canada productions. The games were done as a CBC Sports production because Molson, who owned Hockey Night in Canada's rights at the time, was not allowed access to Le Colisée in Quebec City. Carling O'Keefe Breweries assumed advertising rights for the telecasts and the normal host(s) for Hockey Night in Canada in 1987, rookie Ron MacLean and Dave Hodge (before his late season firing) were replaced by Brian Williams. Even the ice blue blazers normally worn by Hockey Night in Canada commentators were replaced by the orange CBC sport coats. Don Wittman and John Davidson called the action for CBC. The games were shown in the United States on ESPN, with Ken Wilson and Mike Liut in the booth and Joe Micheletti was the rinkside reporter.

Lineups Edit

NHL All-Stars U.S.S.R.
Head Coach Jean Perron (Montreal Canadiens) Viktor Tikhonov (CSKA Moscow)
Assistant Coaches Michel Bergeron (Quebec Nordiques)

 Bob Johnson (Calgary Flames)

Igor Dmitriev (Soviet Wings)
Lineup
  • 1 – G Clint Malarchuk (Quebec Nordiques)
  • 2 – D Mark Howe (Philadelphia Flyers, injured / did not play)
  • 3 – D Mike Ramsey (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 4 – D Rod Langway (Washington Capitals, Alternate)
  • 5 – D Rick Green (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 6 – D Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins, Alternate)
  • 7 – D Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers, injured / did not play)
  • 8 – D Ulf Samuelsson (Hartford Whalers)
  • 9 – LW Glenn Anderson (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 10 – C Dale Hawerchuk (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 11 – C Mark Messier (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 14 – RW Kevin Dineen (Hartford Whalers)
  • 15 – RW Esa Tikkanen (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 16 – RW Michel Goulet (Quebec Nordiques)
  • 17 – RW Jari Kurri (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 19 – LW Kirk Muller (New Jersey Devils)
  • 20 – C Dave Poulin (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 21 – D Normand Rochefort (Quebec Nordiques, game two only)
  • 24 – D Doug Wilson (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 25 – D Chris Chelios (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 28 – RW Tomas Sandström (New York Rangers, game one only)
  • 31 – G Grant Fuhr (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 32 – RW Claude Lemieux (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 66 – C Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • 99 – C Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers, Captain)
  • 1 – G Sergei Mylnikov (Traktor Chelyabinsk)
  • 2 – D Viacheslav Fetisov (CSKA Moscow, Captain)
  • 4 – D Igor Stelnov (CSKA Moscow)
  • 5 – D Vasily Pervukhin (Dynamo Moscow)
  • 6 – D Mikhail Tatarinov (Dynamo Moscow)
  • 7 – D Alexei Kasatonov (CSKA Moscow)
  • 8 – D Alexei Gusarov (CSKA Moscow)
  • 9 – RW Vladimir Krutov (CSKA Moscow)
  • 10 – F Viacheslav Lavrov, (SKA Leningrad, game two only)
  • 11 – C Igor Larionov (CSKA Moscow)
  • 12 – D Sergei Starikov (CSKA Moscow)
  • 13 – F Valeri Kamensky (CSKA Moscow)
  • 14 – D Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (Dynamo Moscow)
  • 15 – LW Andrei Khomutov (CSKA Moscow)
  • 16 – RW Sergei Svetlov (Dynamo Moscow)
  • 18 – C Alexander Semak (Dynamo Moscow)
  • 19 – RW Mikhail Varnakov (Torpedo Gorky, game one only)
  • 20 – G Evgeny Belosheikin (CSKA Moscow)
  • 21 – C Sergei Nemchinov, (Soviet Wings, game two only)
  • 22 – LW Sergei Priakhin (Soviet Wings)
  • 24 – LW Sergei Makarov (CSKA Moscow)
  • 27 – C Viacheslav Bykov (CSKA Moscow)
  • 29 – LW Yuri Khmylev (Soviet Wings)
  • 30 – C Anatoli Semenov (Dynamo Moscow, game one only)

Game 1 – February 11, 1987 Edit

NHL All-Stars won the game 4–3, thanks in part to the line of Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Esa Tikkanen. Dave Poulin scored the winning goal on a deflection from Mario Lemieux, but Lemieux was initially credited with the goal. On the bench, Lemieux could be seen pointing toward Poulin as the goal was announced.

NHL All-Stars U.S.S.R.
Final Score 4 3
Scoring Summary
  • Kurri (Gretzky, Tikkanen) 5:23 first
  • Anderson (M. Lemieux) 17:00 second
  • Dineen (Poulin, Hawerchuk) 7:03 third
  • Poulin (M. Lemieux, Wilson) 18:45 third (GWG)
  • Kasatonov (Makarov) 18:42 second
  • Bykov (Khomutov, Starikov) 2:03 third
  • Semenov (Tatarinov, Varnakov) 8:04 third
Penalties
  • C. Lemieux 10:30 first
  • Bourque 15:34 first
  • Hawerchuk 12:28 second
  • Tikkanen 8:18 third
  • bench (served by Kamensky) 14:37 second
Shots on Goal 11–9–7–27 5–9–10–24
Win/Loss W – Grant Fuhr L – Evgeny Belosheikin
  • Referee: Nikolai Morozov
  • Linesmen: Ron Finn, Ray Scapinello

Game 2 – February 13, 1987 Edit

The Soviet Union won the contest 5–3. This game featured the emergence of the young Soviet forward line consisting of Valeri Kamensky, Viacheslav Bykov, and Andrei Khomutov. After the game, the players on each team exchanged hockey sweaters as part of the hockey tradition.

NHL All-Stars U.S.S.R.
Final Score 3 5
Scoring Summary
  • Messier (Kurri, Gretzky) 3:32 first (PPG)
  • Wilson (Gretzky, Goulet) 7:33 third (PPG)
  • Bourque (Lemieux, Gretzky) 19:23 third
  • Kamensky (Khomutov, Bykov) 3:13 second
  • Krutov (Fetisov, Larionov) 5:41 second
  • Kamensky (unassisted) 19:41 second
  • Krutov (Larionov) 9:19 third (GWG)
  • Khomutov (Kamensky) 12:59 third
Penalties
  • Anderson 9:50 first
  • C. Lemieux 11:33 first
  • Nemchinov 3:22 first
  • Krutov 9:50 first
  • Fetisov 17:04 first
  • Nemchinov 6:05 third
  • Kasatonov 11:46 third
  • Priakhin (minor and misconduct) 17:20 third
Shots on Goal 6–13–12–31 7–9–13–29
Win/Loss L – Grant Fuhr W – Evgeny Belosheikin
  • Referee : Dave Newell
  • Linesmen : Ron Finn, Ray Scapinello
  • Tournament MVP's, NHL All-Stars Wayne Gretzky; Team USSR Valeri Kamensky
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