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

Exactly 50 years ago today, 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.

Published: 
Thursday, March 28, 2019