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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Henderson's Jersey Comes Home

Regional | by John Divinski  

The jersey -- purchased for over one million dollars -- is touring across Canada.

The famous Number 19 hockey jersey of Paul Henderson is coming home.

The jersey was the one Henderson was wearing when he scored the winning goal in game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia.

It secured the series win for Canada.

Now the jersey, purchased by Smart Centres real estate development company of Toronto for over one million dollars on e-Bay, is going on tour across Canada.

Huron Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan is thrilled that the first stop on the tour is where Henderson grew up, in Lucknow.

Twolan says the mobile unit that will be open for tours, starts the journey in Lucknow on Friday, January 28th.

The next day the display will be in Kincardine, where Henderson was born and then on January 30th it will be in Goderich where Henderson lived during his Detroit Red Wing playing days.

Twolan says the Henderson goal was a defining moment in hockey history in 1972.

He says those that experienced the series, knew where they were when that goal was scored.

The Henderson jersey, now back in Canadian hands, has had quite the tour itself.

Henderson gave the jersey to the Team Canada trainer as a gift after the series.

The trainer sold the jersey and it ended up in private hands in the U. S., before it showed up on e-Bay for auction.

The jersey will also make stops in Hanover, January 31st and in Owen Sound on February 24th.

Henderson himself plans to be a part of the visits in several communities, including Lucknow, Kincardine and Goderich.


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