Sunday, 4 August 2019

How Czechoslovakia's 'moral victory' on ice triggered the Hockey Riots, onset of 'Normalisation'

Radio Prague |
29 March 2019

Yesterday marked exactly 50 years since the Czechoslovak national ice hockey team beat the Soviets in the world championships for a second time, setting off a series of celebrations – which soon turned into protests, at times violent, against the ongoing Warsaw Pact occupation. Though a moral victory, in a sense it proved a Pyrrhic one.