The U.S. has its “Miracle on Ice”. Canada has the 1972 Summit Series. Both were victories that went beyond the final horn. Now, one of the most important surviving artifacts from Team Canada’s win is on a national tour.
The jersey Paul Henderson was wearing when he scored the game-winning goal over the powerful Soviet Union team brought a nation together. From coast to coast, Canadians watched in huge numbers. Henderson became a national hero. And the jersey? It was given away, then sold out of a private collection last year for $1.27 million.
The buyer insisted it go on a nationwide tour so fans could get up close and personal with one of the country’s most important sports relics. That was just fine with Henderson–and with sports fans from Vancouver to Prince Edward Island.
It’s in Ontario now, and Henderson is there with it, greeting fans anxious to get a peek at the jersey and share their stories of where they were when he found the net.