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My Canada: Paul Henderson

On July 1, 1867, Canada took its first steps towards official nationhood. It has grown and developed as a nation, and distinguished itself in times of both peace and war. Canada is widely recognized as a place of harmony, liberty and diversity and is routinely ranked as one of the best countries in which to live. In honour of Canada's birthday, CBC Digital Archives looks back at some defining moments and great Canadians who have helped shape our history.

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Canadian hockey hero Paul Henderson has a clear vision of Canada, taking the good with the bad and urging all Canadians not to take the country for granted. He asks Canadians to look beyond their own needs and help others and to embrace the civility and humility that make the country a truly great place to be.
• Paul Henderson is possibly the most famous hockey player to not make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Although his winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series forever cemented his place in history, Henderson's career NHL stats are considered respectable but not Hall-worthy. He notched 236 goals and 477 points in 707 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Atlanta Flames.
  • The opening lines of the Tragically Hip song Fireworks recall Paul Henderson's goal from the Summit Series: "If there's a goal that everyone remembers, it was back in ol' 72 ... "

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: July 1, 2005
Commentator: Paul G. Henderson
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 2:05

Last updated: February 1, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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