The best Canadian teams were already committed to the Moscow Selects and Czechoslovakia. The Canadian National Team was itself playing in the Walter Brown Tournament.
In November the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association had tried to set up a tour of Newfoundland by the National team but it was cancelled by an Air Canada strike.
In part to make up for that cancellation, and in part because of the lack of teams to play the Soviets, the Soviet team was put into Newfoundland and the Maritime provinces against some very weak teams.
Dec 23 28-0 Corner Brook Royals Dec 26 18-1 St John's Capitals Dec 28 19-0 Lancaster Mooseheads @ Saint John Dec 30 16-2 Halifax Canadiens Jan 1 7-1 United States @ Winnipeg Jan 4 2-5 Czechoslovakia @ Winnipeg Jan 5 4-5 Canada @ Winnipeg Jan 8 3-3 Canada @ Montreal Jan 10 3-4 Canada @ Toronto Jan 11 11-2 Kingston Aces Jan 12 5-3 Canada @ Kitchener