The jersey worn by Team Canada’s Paul Henderson when he scored the game-winning goal against the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series is heading out on a cross-country tour.
Tuesday was the 38th anniversary of the goal, which for many Canadians remains the biggest moment in the nation’s sports history. Henderson, who is battling cancer, and Mitch Goldhar, the businessman who bought the jersey at auction for over $1 million in June, say they’re hoping to take the #19 Team Canada gamer to as many places as they can during the first half of 2011.
“I am pleased and proud to bring this important piece of history home and to share it with all Canadians,” said Goldhar. “As a lifelong hockey fan I know what the Summit Series and Paul Henderson’s winning goal against the Russians in 1972 means to all Canadians.”
The tour will feature hockey memorabilia, stories and videos, the iconic jersey and an outdoor interactive hockey skills area where children of all ages can play.
“This tour will be a great opportunity for children to learn about Canadian hockey history,” Henderson said. “The trailer is going to be perfect for families to walk through and enjoy an afternoon of stories, memorabilia and interactive games.”
The starting city for the tour will be determined through a contest where fans can write about why they think their city would be the best jumping off point.
Canadians will have the opportunity to win a private party with the jersey in their hometown by submitting stories about what the goal means to them to the www.facebook.com/HendersonJerseyTour.
Henderson also helped launch ‘Road Hockey To Conquer Cancer’ on Tuesday.
The event will take place in October of 2011 in the parking lots near Ontario Place. The goal is to create the largest road hockey tournament ever in Canada. All proceeds will go to Princess Margaret Hospital to fund cancer research and new therapies.