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Friday, February 25, 2011

Henderson Tour is Popular

Owen Sound | by James Greensmith  

Hundreds flock to Paul Henderson jersey tour as it stops at Walmart in Owen Sound.

As Canadians, hockey is in our blood.

Our nation is steeped in hockey history and tradition -- and one of the most memorable moments was Paul Henderson's winning goal in game 7 of the 1972 Summit Series against the Russians.

The jersey and gloves Henderson wore as he scored "the goal that united our nation" made a stop in Owen Sound on Thursday.

It's all part of the Henderson Homecoming Jersey Tour, a cross country voyage aimed at uniting the passion of Canadian hockey fans.

Field Manager Rob Wighton says people come to see the jersey to relive one of the greatest moments not only in hockey history, but in Canadian history.

Wighton says even if you're not a hockey fan, the memory of the game transcends the sport because it brought our nation closer, since it happened at the height of the Cold War against the Soviets.

He says the jersey attracts a huge following everywhere it goes, with a few people even shedding some tears as they relive the historic goal.

The next stop for the jersey is Bracebridge on Friday, then Toronto on Saturday -- where Paul Henderson himself will drop the puck for a Toronto Maple Leafs game at the ACC.

For a full list of tour stops, you can visit


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