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Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson scored the most famous goal in Canadian hockey history on September 28, 1972. With 34 seconds remaining in the final game of the eight-game Summit Series against the Soviet Union, Henderson slipped the puck past Vladislav Tretiak for a 6-5 Team Canada victory and a 4-3-1 win in a series most Canadian players and fans had expected to sweep. Henderson had scored the winning goal in each of the last three games as Canada rallied to salvage the series and a country's national pride. His seven goals tied Phil Esposito and Alexander Yakushev for the lead in the historic eight-game event.

Henderson had been little more than an average hockey player during his NHL career, but his goal to win the 1972 series elevated him to a national hero. When he left the NHL for the World Hockey Association after the 1973-74 season he was an obvious choice for the Team Canada roster in the 1974 series between the Soviets and the WHA All-Stars. Henderson, Frank Mahovlich and Pat Stapleton were the only two players to play in both the 1972 and 1974 series. Henderson could contribute only two goals and one assist to the cause in 1974 (all in an 8-5 loss in game three) as the Soviets beat Canada 4-2-2 in the eight-game set.

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