"There was no such thing as a Francophone or a Westerner, or anything else. We were all Canadians. The series brought us all together. It brought an entire country together. It was Canada playing, not Team Canada. It was us against them and every Canadian somehow seemed to have a sense of ownership of that team. I guess war is the only thing that could bring a country together like that series did."

Paul Henderson

Team Rosters: Canada

Position: LW
Shoots: Right
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
Kincardine, Ontario

Club 1972:
Toronto Maple Leafs

Paul Henderson
Team Canada # 19

Paul Henderson became a household name in Canada after the Summit games in 1972. Prior to his historical goal in Game 8 and spectacular performance in the Summit, Henderson was just a “regular” NHL forward with several solid but unspectacular seasons in Detroit and Toronto. He was mostly recognized for his hard work and professional ethics in the NHL. His performance in the 1972 against the Russian brought him enormous popularity and recognition as a player who doesn’t score very often, but scores BIG. His goals in 1972 were the key goals. It was the Summit that made Henderson a legendary player overnight.

Career Statistics
Competitions GP G A PTS PIM
NHL Reg. Season 707 236 241 477 304
NHL Playoffs 56 11 14 25 28
WHA Reg. Season360140143283112
WHA Playoffs51120


  • Played in the professional hockey leagues: 1962-1980
  • Professional hockey clubs that Paul Henderson played in: Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Toros, Birmingham Bulls, Atlanta Flames


After the Series was over, Paul Henderson became a Canadian legend. Besides his greatest goal in hockey history in Game 8, he also scored game winning goals in Game 6 and 7 in Moscow. The author of the 'Goal heard around the world' played in all eight games and earned three Team Canada's MVPs (Game 3 in Winnipeg, Game 5 and Game 8 in Moscow) at the 1972 Summit.

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
8 7 3 10 4 28 38 +6

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 1106:32Goal 
Game 1308:32Assist 
Game 3213:47Goal 
Game 5202:36Assist 
Game 5202:36Goal 
Game 5304:56Goal 
Game 6206:36GoalGWG
Game 7104:09Assist 
Game 7317:54GoalGWG
Game 8319:26GoalGWG
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Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
Game 1101:03tripping
Game 2115:19tripping
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