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Paul Henderson Remembers "The Goal"

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

As a New Year approaches, the former NHLer reflects on his accomplishment of September 28, 1972

As we approach the threshold of a New Year, many of us pause to remember and take stock of where we've been and where we're headed.

Sometimes the conversation might drift to where we were at a certain date in the past.

For Lucknow's Paul Henderson and many of the rest of us, it's September 28th, 1972, when Team Canada defeated the Soviet Union in a grinding and sometimes controversial eight-game hockey series.

It was on that day in Moscow that Henderson beat Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak with 34 seconds left in the third period of Game Eight, to seal a 6-5 win for Team Canada -- and victory in Summit Series '72.

Henderson still looks back on his accomplishment fondly, adding that nearly everyone he talks to mentions where they were, who they were with and what they were doing at that point in time.

He jokes that the difference between himself and former NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky, is that Henderson's goal is honoured as Canada's top sports moment of the 20th Century.

Henderson was commenting, after the official opening of child-friendly Smile Zones at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich earlier in December.

Charity work takes up much of Henderson's time now, and he was instrumental in bringing the Smile Zones to AMGH.

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