Paul Henderson’s Summit Series jersey is coming to Montreal on Saturday.
Courtesy Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour
An important part of Canadian hockey history parks outside the Bell Centre Saturday, bringing with it three iconic guests.
The Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour, featuring 1972 Summit Series heroes Paul Henderson, Yvan Cournoyer and Vladislav Tretiak, comes to Montreal from noon to 10 p.m. outside the downtown arena at the Windsor Court entrance to the Canadiens Hall of Fame.
On display, contained in a 48-foot expandable trailer, will be the historic jersey worn by Team Canada’s Henderson in the 1972 series vs. the Soviet Union. It will be joined by other pieces of series memorabilia and interactive exhibits.
Henderson, of course, scored the winning goal in Moscow on Soviet netminder Tretiak with 34 seconds remaining in Game 8, giving Canada a 6-5 victory and a 4-3-1 series win. Henderson had also scored the winners in Games 6 and 7.
The famous jersey was purchased from its American owner by Mitchell Goldhar, owner of the SmartCentres real-estate development company, in a June 2010 Classic Auctions sale. The jersey became Canada’s most expensive piece of sports memorabilia after a final few hours of frenzied online bidding, finally selling for $1,275,707.
Goldhar made it clear that he intended to take the jersey on tour to share it with Canadians, many of whom chewed their fingernails to the cuticle during the Summit Series that was more a contest between political ideologies than it was eight games between two hockey clubs.
“As a lifelong hockey fan, I know how much the series-winning goal against the Soviets meant to Canadians of all ages and backgrounds,” Goldhar said upon winning the auction. “I am proud to bring Paul’s jersey back to Canada.”
The Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour is free to the public Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m. and for a while following the Habs-Tampa Bay game.
Henderson, Tretiak and Canadiens great Cournoyer, who scored Game 8’s equalizing goal 6 1/2 minutes before Henderson netted the winner and famously was photographed bearhugging Henderson an instant after the latter had scored, will be on hand to greet visitors from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• More on the Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour here.