The jersey worn by Paul Henderson when he scored “the goal heard around the world” to the 1972 Summit Series will be on display Thursday (Feb. 16) at the Memorial Centre.
Appropriately named the Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour, the Team Canada number 19 jersey, along with a number of rare pieces of hockey memorabilia will be on display for Peterborough hockey fans of all ages to view. There will be interactive games to test and entertain in addition to the one of a kind items available to view.
“It’s a real educational experience,” says tour organizer Dane Gergovich.
The jersey has been the focus of much discussion over the years.
Originally given to Team Canada’s trainer after the historic game, the jersey eventually landed in the hands of an American collector. Purchased at auction in 2010, Canadian Mitchell Goldhar returned the symbol of Canada’s triumph to Canadian soil. Goldhar, owner of shopping centre conglomerate SmartCentres, wanted to provide this tour to celebrate the return of one of our greatest hockey treasures and share it with hockey fans across the country.
The jersey was purchased for more than $1 million, destroying any previous records held by other sports memorabilia sold at public or private auctions.
Even the Canadian government had held discussion of purchasing the significant piece of sporting history when prospective buyers had discussed cutting up the jersey to sell in commemorative hockey cards. That proposal was cut short as strict conditions were placed on who was eligible to gain entrance to the auction.
For those too young to remember, the 1972 Summit Series was a politically charged matchup between Canada’s best professionals and the Soviet Union’s elite hockey talent. Tied 3-3-1 in the series and locked in a 5-5 battle, Henderson scored the winning goal with 34 seconds left to clinch the series and secure Canada’s reputation as the world’s supreme hockey power.
For those old enough to witness the politically charged war on ice, it will be a time to remember where you were when the historical goal was scored and help share the experience with the generations who may be missing out on its significance.
“It’s really cool to see those who were around to relive the experience and for those who weren’t around to learn about it,” says Gergovich.
Beginning in September of 2011, the Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour has hit 101 communities across the country to date. Peterborough’s visit will mark its second last stop as the tour is planned to finish up on Saturday Feb. 18 in Halton Hills.
The 48-foot double trailer housing the jersey will be free for local hockey fans to visit from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and 9:15 to 10:30 p.m.
If you want to learn more about the tour or the 1972 Summit Series, more information can be found online at www.hendersonjerseytour.com