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

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.