to the people across canada

To the people across Canada:
we tried, we gave it our best.

And ah for the people that boo us
I’m really
— all of us guys are really disheartened and we’re disillusioned and we’re disappointed in some of the people. We cannot believe the bad press we’ve got, ahhh, the booing we’ve gotten in our own buildings. And if, if the Russians boo their, their players, if the fans, the Russians boo their players like some of the Canadian fans — I’m not saying all of them — some of them booed us — then I’ll come back and I’ll apologize to each one of the Canadians.

But I don’t think they will.

I’m really, really — I’m really disappointed, I cannot believe it. Some of our guys are really, really down in the dumps.
We know,
we’re trying, like hell,
I mean,
we’re doing the best we can,
they got a good team
and let’s
face facts.

But ah it doesn’t mean we’re not giving it our hundred and fifty per cent

Phil Esposito, 1972