Henderson got flashed during Oly celebration

Exuberant Victoria hockey fan let it all hang out

By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

Paul Henderson scored arguably the most memorable goal in Canadian hockey history.

When Sidney Crosby scored the goal that probably sits second on that list, Henderson experienced his own memorable moment as a result.

Henderson was in Victoria with his wife, speaking at a marriage conference, when Crosby scored the overtime goal in last February’s Olympic gold-medal hockey game against the U.S. It set off wild celebrations across the country.

“Victoria went crazy. We were on the street later, and one gal went by and she took her top up,” Henderson said Sunday with a laugh. “True Canadians, you know what I mean?”

Go figure. Sidney Crosby’s goal results in Paul Henderson getting flashed. Sounds like a bust that should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame one day, no?

As for where the two goals rank in Canadian hockey lore, Henderson wasn’t ready to commit to one or the other. The fact they happened 38 years apart makes them incomparable, the Summit Series hero said.

“For this generation, he’ll be known for that for the rest of his life. They’ll always remember Crosby scoring in overtime,” Henderson said. “And you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. Maybe there won’t be another moment like that. Hopefully we can win before we get to overtime.”

The sweater Henderson wore when he scored his goal was purchased last June by Canadian Mitchell Goldhar, who quickly put it, and other memorabilia, on a cross-country tour. Henderson is appearing at 20 of the 64 stops, including Sunday’s at The Forks.

“(Goldhar) felt Canadians needed to experience this and see the sweater and obviously a lot of the memorabilia,” Henderson said. “This is fabulous. They’ve done just a great job.”

Nearly everyone who came on Sunday (that was alive in ’72) told Henderson where they were when he buried the Soviets. That always happens, nearly 39 years later.

“If I’m out in public and people recognize me, they’ll generally come up and tell me where they were and what they were doing. It’s so crazy,” he said. “A couple of guys today shook my hand and said, ‘Man, I’m shaking.’ I’m just a country boy. But anyway, it’s fun. It’s terrific.”

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