Nfld. & Labrador

Iconic hockey jersey on display in Torbay

Local hockey fans had the chance to relive the excitement of the 1972 Summit Series with hockey icon Paul Henderson at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay Saturday.

Local hockey fans had the chance to relive the excitement of the 1972 Summit Series with hockey icon Paul Henderson at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay Saturday.

Henderson, who scored the winning goal for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series with the former Soviet Union, was in the community north of St. John's for the Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour.

The free exhibit features the jersey Henderson wore for Team Canada during the 1972 Summit Series and other hockey memorabilia.

Henderson told CBC News he's visited Newfoundland and Labrador many times before and was excited to make six stops on the island during the tour.

"Hockey is in our DNA. It's in our blood… I think that defines us in a lot of ways," said Henderson.

Carter Hawkins, one of the young fans who came to meet Henderson on his Torbay stop, said although he isn't old enough to remember the historic 1972 win, meeting Henderson was a dream come true.

"I like to play hockey almost every day of the week. He's always been on of my favourite players… I just played a good practice and then I got to come out here. Very, very exciting," said Hawkins.

The tour is scheduled to make two stops in Labrador in January.

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