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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Henderson Jersey Tour

Regional | by Peter Jackson  

Paul Henderson will accompany his jersey in Kincardine and Goderich this weekend.

For some of us it's a chance to re-live an event that happened on September 28th, 1972 -- for others it's a chance to learn about a piece of Canadian history.

Left Wing Paul Henderson scored the goal that won hockey's Summit Series between Canada and what was then the Soviet Union in an exhibition that was as much about Cold War politics as it was about sport.

The sweater Paul Henderson wore in Moscow that night is the centrepiece of the Paul Henderson Jersey Tour which stops in Kincardine Saturday and at the Maitland Recreation Centre in Goderich on Sunday.

Tour spokesperson Dane Gergovich says the tour is the result of the efforts of one dedicated individual.

Smart Centres Real Estate owner Mitch Goldhar purchased the jersey from an American collector with the intention of taking it on tour across Canada as part of an interactive experience re-living that historic night.

Gergovich says what happened to Henderson's jersey after the game depends on who you talk to.

The accepted version says Henderson gave the sweater to a Team Canada trainer -- then it bounced around for more than 30 years before Mitch Godlhar came into possession of it.

Gergovich says the sweater is just the beginning of what you'll see.

It's part of a of a display of hockey memorabilia dealing with the Super Series and other historic moments in hockey.

Gergovich says the man who wore the jersey that night will also be there.

Paul Henderson will be available to talk with fans throughout the stop which takes place from Noon to 4 PM in Kincardine on Saturday and from 12:30 PM till 4 PM at the MRC in Goderich on Sunday.

The Paul Henderson Jersey Tour started in his hometown of Lucknow Friday -- his 68th birthday.

The Tour also stops at the P-and-H Centre in Hanover on Monday from 3 PM to 6 PM.


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