Henderson's latest goal

SHARON LEM -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Canadian sports legend Paul Henderson scored many memories from hockey including the winning goal in the 1972 series against the Soviet Union.

But the hockey hero also wants to talk about the life lessons he learned on the ice.

Leadership, teamwork and commitment were key to that magical moment in Moscow, said Henderson, who as honorary chairman of the gala will be speaking at S'ports for Kids charity fundraiser tomorrow.

The charity raises money to help kids aged 6 to 18 get into organized sports to improve their quality of life.

"In hockey I learned how to lose and win and get along with other people. And I learned that you don't have to be the star of the night. It's all about giving your best.

"I grew up poor. I was 9 before I got my first pair of skates, so I can identify with these kids and I realize how valuable sports are for them. Hockey kept me out of trouble and helped build my self-esteem, taught me to work hard and listen to the coach."

Henderson said hockey gave him many role models.

"I used to watch Jean Belliveau and I wanted to emulate the way he held himself with such grace and dignity and handled himself so well."

S'ports for Kids has helped 24,000 children get into organized programs. For tickets to tomorrow's gala at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill call 905-886-4392.


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