'72 Project Story: Oh, Canada!
I was home in Winnipeg last year at
this time and hockey was EVERYWHERE, When I came back to Key West, my home for
the last 24 years, I couldn't beg anyone to watch hockey with me.
No one here, in the southermost
city (tiny island) in the USA, can even imagine what happened that afternoon in
1972, when Paul Henderson scored that goal and Canada, arguably, emerged as the
world's Hockey Champion. As Canadian, it's kind of a birth right, you know and
that moment when Henderson scored was absolutely incredible.
I was getting my degree in Poli Sci
at the University of Manitoba and I was a Montreal Canadiens fan. Classes were
cancelled for the hockey summit, and I watched the entire series in the Arts
lounge or the United College Lounge at the University of Manitoba.
It was SOOO passionate. I cannot
believe that the Americans that I live with now had no idea of that hockey
series, since it was fought and won like a war for us, only on the hockey ice.
And what a war it was. Three to three, one tie, and Game 8.
The ENTIRE staff and student body
of the University of Manitoba was in one lounge or another (check through
history, how many events cancelled classes like this and you'll find very few),
The game was tense. You wanted Dryden to have a shut out but that was a fantasy
that died early. It was neck and neck…..Cournoyer scored…..the damned Russians
scored…..Tretiak was superhuman. (I thought he might have been an astronaut who
they bounced out and onto the ice because he was so incredible.)
campus. Every person at the University of Manitoba gathered somewhere in front
of a TV Screen for HOCKEY and PAUL HENDERSON SCORED.
We could hear that cheer….starting
in Gander, through Glace Bay, up the St. Lawrence, through the great lakes out
the the prairies and WE JOINED IT.
WHAT A DAY TO BE CANADIAN! What a
day for our game!
The '72 Project is an
opportunity for baby boomers and older generations to share where they were when
Henderson scored and what it meant to them, leaving an archive for younger
generations. Stories will be collected, with the 72 most compelling will be
chosen for a book that will launch on the 40th Anniversary (Sept. 28th, 2012).
The moment will also contrast the "Sidney Crosby 2010 Golden Goal". Paul
Henderson is writing the foreword for the book.