MOSCOW (AP) - Russia wants to hold an exhibition hockey game in Moscow’s Red Square to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Summit Series between the Soviet Union and Canada.
The 1972 series, which Canada won 4-3-1, was the first time Soviet and Canadian NHL players faced each other.
The state news agency RIA Novosti quoted sports minister Vitaly Mutko as saying Wednesday that invitations have been issued to players for a Feb. 26 match.
The report said Paul Henderson, who scored the winning goals in three of the matches, has already accepted. Team captain Phil Esposito and Wayne Gretzky have been invited.
Also Wednesday, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he is inviting NHL officials to Moscow to push for adjusting the league’s schedule to allow players to participate in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.