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Henderson Ecstatic About Tour

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Paul Henderson taken aback by the attention his Canada hockey jersey is getting.

Paul Henderson is taken aback by it all but he's glad his famous #19 hockey jersey from the Summit Series in 1972, is back in Canada.

Smart Centres Real Estate of Toronto recently bought the sweater for 1.27 million dollars in an auction.

Now a special trailer is visiting over sixty centres across Canada from now until May.

On Saturday -- the travelling show stopped in Kincardine where Henderson was born 68 years ago.

He was on hand for the visit and he admits he's happy for the renewed interest in the sweater and the Summit Series.

However he admits the iconic goal that gave Canada the series win, was really not his best.

Henderson says he scored five goals in Russia.

Four of them were nice goals.

The last one--the most important one -- was what he called a garbage goal.

In Kincardine, Henderson told youngsters in the crowd to follow their dreams.

He said find out what you're good at and have a passion for and pursue but be prepared to pay the price as he did pursuing his hockey dream.

Henderson says his first year in the NHL, he made seven thousand dollars and got a 15 hundred dollar signing bonus -- take it or leave it -- no negotiating.

With tongue firmly planted in cheek he says if he was making 8 or 9 million dollars a year like some of the players of today, he'd quit by Christmas.

The sweater tour moves on to Hanover this Monday and is scheduled in Owen Sound on February 24th.

Visit for tour details.


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