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Lloyd Percival: Canada's Sports ProphetLloyd Percival was arguably Canada's most successful coach. He helped revolutionize the way hockey was played but was rejected by the NHL establishment. This two-part series examines the life and legacy of Percival — and the legend he helped build around himself.

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Lloyd Percival was arguably Canada's most successful coach, but was ignored by the hockey establishment

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Lloyd Percival helped revolutionize hockey, and was one of the most successful and innovative coaches in the history of Canadian sport. Yet today he's largely forgotten.

He trained champions in track and field, rowing, figure skating, skiing, boxing and golf. And he played a key role in what may be Canada's greatest sporting triumph  — the 1972 Summit Series, in which Canada's best professional hockey players triumphed over the Soviets in the last 30 seconds of the last game. 

Paul Henderson's iconic goal clinched the 1972 Summit Series against the U.S.S.R. He scored three game-winning goals in the last three games. Henderson didn't think he'd make the team, so he trained with Lloyd Percival to improve his stamina.

His thinking and methods were decades ahead of their time.  And much of what he called for is now standard practice, but at the time was overlooked, ignored or rejected.

Peter Brown's two-part series follows the remarkable and sometimes tragic career of Lloyd Percival.

Part one tells the story of Percival's sports philosophy: that athletics can transcend social and cultural boundaries. It also illustrates the evolution of his innovative methods, his impressive coaching successes, and the disputes that held him back. 

Part two explores his prescient approach to hockey dating back to the 1940s. It reveals how Percival was marginalized by Canada's hockey elites — only to have his thinking adopted and adapted by other countries, especially the U.S.S.R — and how he didn't live to see the rethinking of the Canadian game he'd given so much of his life to.

Guests in this documentary:

Val and Sandra Bezic were Canadian pairs figure skating champions from 1970-74. They finished ninth in the 1972 Winter Olympics. Sandra became a coach, choreographer, broadcaster, and producer of Battle of the Blades. She's won Emmy and Gemini awards and wrote Passion to Skate: An Intimate View of Figure Skating.

Hart Cantelonspent most of his academic career teaching kinesiology and physical education at Queen's University in Kingston. He also contributed to several books including Leisure, Sport, and Working Class Cultures: Theory and History. 

Bill Gairdnerwon a silver medal in decathlon at the 1963 Pan Am Games, and set the Commonwealth record in the 1964 Olympics. He's also an author and commentator and is currently writing a memoir about his career in athletics. You can find more on his life and work here. 

Pat Galassowas Canadian long jump champion in 1952 and 1953. He was founding dean of the faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor.

Jim Genacis a former amateur hockey coach and the author of the upcoming book Path to the Summit: Anatoli Tarasov and the History of Soviet Hockey. For more information, you can follow him on Twitter: @pathtothesummit. 

Ann Hall is a professor emerita of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta, and the author of The Girl and the Game: A History of Women's Sport in Canada.  

Paul Hendersonplayed 13 seasons in the NHL, but is best-known for his role in the 1972 Summit Series, in which he scored the winning goals for Canada in the final three games, including the series winner with 34 seconds left in the final game.  He's now a motivational speaker. His memoir is calledGoal of My Life.

Roger Jacksonwas a gold medallist in rowing at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His long career in sports administration included heading the Own the Podium initiative at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. 

Bruce Kiddis an athlete, academic and author. He won gold and bronze medals at the 1962 Commonwealth Games, and represented Canada at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He's a professor emeritus of kinesiology and physical education at the University of Toronto, and the author of A Runner's Journey.

Dave Kingcoached hockey at every level — junior, national teams, university, the Soviet elite league and the NHL. He's written two memoirs: Loose Pucks and Ice Bags: How and Why the Game is Changingand with Eric Duhatschek, King of Russia: A Year in the Russian Superleague

Vsevelod Kukushkinis a Russian journalist, writer and ice hockey administrator. He has written about hockey for Pravda and Tass, and covered Olympics, World Championships and Canada Cups. 

Jackie MacDonaldwon a silver medal in shot put at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and represented Canada at the 1956 Olympics.  Her upcoming memoir Ladies Don't Do That! will be published by Freisen Press. 

Gary Mossmanis the author of the only Lloyd Percival biography to date: Lloyd Percival, Coach and Visionary: Revised and Fully Referenced Edition.

Further Reading

Lloyd Percival, The Hockey Handbook

Lawrence Martin, The Red Machine: The Soviet Quest to Dominate Canada's Game

*Llyod Percival: Canada's Sports Prophet was produced by Peter Brown and Greg Kelly.


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