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Paul Henderson’s mom celebrates

The Story

Evelyn Henderson, the mother of 29-year-old scoring hero Paul, watched the final hockey game between Team Canada and the Soviet Union from her home in Lucknow, Ont. "When Paul scored that goal it was like an atom bomb going off," she says. And to celebrate her son's victory, she sits down with a cup of tea. Her son, speaking from Moscow, has celebratory plans of his own. "It's got to be the biggest thrill of my life. I just can't believe it," he says in a quick, excited voice. "It'll be a long time getting to sleep tonight."

Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Magazine
Broadcast Date: Oct. 1, 1972
Guest: Paul G. Henderson
Host: Bruce Rogers
Reporter: Frank Herbert
Duration: 1:38

Did You know?

• The Tragically Hip's song Fireworks recalls Paul Henderson's goal: "If there's a goal that everyone remembers, it was back in ol' 72 ... "

• In March 1987, the Canadian and Soviet teams reunited for an "old-timer's rematch" in Hamilton.

• Canada minted a Canada-Soviet hockey series commemorative coin worth $20 to $30 on Jan. 15, 1997.

• In 1997, Henderson was the first living Canadian to have his likeness appear on a Canada Post stamp.

• In 2013 he was inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame.  Team Canada '72 was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.


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