Gerry Cheevers and Vladislav Tretyak shake hands after one of the games of the 1974 Summit Series between the USSR and the WHA. That’s Canadian backup goalie Don McLeod gazing on in the background.
In his autobiography, Tretyak wrote about Cheevers as follows:
"I was fascinated by the goalie Gerry Cheevers. He was fearless, skillful, and calm; a very good goalkeeper. As an individual he was one in a million. Before the game, he would come over and hit me on the pads with his stick, his way of wishing me good luck. What I could not understand was that he smoked. Even just before the game, he would stand in front of the dressing room with a thick cigar in his mouth. Once I asked, ‘Gerry, why do you smoke?’ ‘It helps me to relax,’ he replied. In his contract, it was stated that he was allowed to drink beer during the intermission. Amazing! I think that this was just as reckless as playing without a helmet."