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Paul Henderson on growing up, God and game-winning goals

Team Canada's Paul Henderson shoots on Team USSR's Vladislav Tretiak during the 1972 Summit Series (Peter Bregg/Canadian Press)

Team Canada's Paul Henderson shoots on Team USSR's Vladislav Tretiak during the 1972 Summit Series (Peter Bregg/Canadian Press)

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It was game eight of the 1972 Summit Series against the USSR, and with 34 seconds left on the clock Paul Henderson made hockey history.

His famous game-winning goal clenched the series for Canada and cemented a place in our nation's cultural narrative.

From the Best of Q, Jian discusses Henderson's book The Goal of My Life, which covers everything from being born on the ice of Lake Huron, to finding spirituality later in life - and, of course, pushing the puck past Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak.

On whether or not the Summit Series game-winner was an act of divine intervention, Henderson says, "I tell you what, when I get to heaven, that's gonna be the first question I have."

Original show aired September 2012

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