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Monday, January 31, 2011

Memories of Henderson Goal

Regional | by John Divinski  

Where were you when Paul Henderson scored in the 1972 Summit Series?

The Paul Henderson number 19 sweater, worn when Henderson scored the winning goal giving Canada the Summit Series win, is on display in a special travelling show with other memorabilia.

On Saturday, it was in Kincardine and those old enough attending the event asked the same question.

"Where were you and what were you doing when Henderson scored the iconic goal?"

Jim Rackley of Port Elgin was in his second year at the University of Guelph and one of the students had a small black and white TV in his room.

They skipped afternoon classes to watch the game.

Rackley says he remembers being devasted when Canada was down 5-3 in the third period but really happy the way it turned out.

Ken Corbett of Kincardine was a student at Uxbridge School and all the students were herded into the kindergarten area to watch the game on TV.

He remembers some kids chanting "Russia is going to win," and he's glad it didn't turn out that way.

Kincardine Deputy Mayor Anne Eadie was a brand new Grade 1 teacher at W. E. Thompson school in the municipality and she was crushed that she was going to miss the afternoon game.

But the principal saved the day and invited all teachers and classes to find a TV and watch the deciding game.

Eadie says the noise was defeaning in the school when the win was locked up.

Kincardine Mayor Larry Kraemer, during a welcoming ceremony for Henderson on Saturday, recalls being at the International Ploughing Match and sneaking into the beer tent because that was the only facility that a had a TV to watch the game.

The same question with similar answers will likely be voiced again Monday as the sweater and other Summit Series memorabilia visit Hanover from 3 PM to 6 PM at the P & H Centre.


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