Don Cherry, 64, CBC hockey analyst, then coach of the Rochester Americans: “It was during a practice and I pulled the guys off the ice to listen to the rest of the game. When Henderson scored, I mean, it was like we had scored ourselves. There were all these sweaty guys, still in equipment, jumping up and down and hugging one another.”
Deborah Grey, 45, Reform MP: “I was in bible school in Langley, B.C., listening to
the game on the radio. When Paul Henderson scored the final goal everyone in the class went crazy. He was the hero to us, and still is. I met Henderson a few years ago and he was very gracious about the goal. It was pretty amazing to meet him.”
Curt Harnett, 32, two-time Olympic medallist in cycling: “I was living in Winnipeg, and if there was one thing that was big in my life, it was hockey. I reacted to the goal like any other seven-
year-old hockey-crazed fan from Canada did. I was happy—we were the greatest, plain and simple.”
Peter Jennings, 59, ABC news anchor: “I was living in the Middle East, so I didn’t get to watch the whole series. But the day of the last game, I flew to Ottawa and on the drive from the airport to Aylmer, where my parents lived, there wasn’t a single soul on the street. My reaction when Henderson scored was ‘You’ve got to be kidding!’, and as I watched the endless reruns of the goal, my reaction stayed the same. I can only hope that there are more victories like that one.”
The NHL opened to Europeans who quickly made their impact
Frank McKenna, 49, premier of New Brunswick: “I watched the final game with my wife, Julie, and several law school classmates. When Henderson scored his goal, we literally went through the roof. In fact, there was so much noise in our building, you could actually feel it shaking from all the celebrations. That game represented one of my
proudest moments as a Canadian.”
AlanThicke, 50, actor: “I was living in Los Angeles, but I did manage to watch the series. I knew there was no guarantee that Canada would win the final game, so when Henderson scored the final goal, my reaction was ‘Who can I call in L.A. who would understand this?’ I still have a photo of Henderson’s goal hanging on my wall.”
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