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The Goal of My Life: A Memoirby Paul Henderson
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"The Goal" was only one moment of many that made up a hockey career that lasted twenty years — and a life that has gone far beyond.
Paul grew up in the small town of Lucknow, Ontario, and played hockey from a young age. He started his professional career with the Detroit Red Wings in 1962, where he played with future Hall of Famers Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, and Ted Lindsay. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the decade, and it was there that his career took off, culminating with an invitation to the Summit Series.
In the years following, the most famous hockey player in Canada left the NHL for the rebel WHA, playing with the Birmingham Bulls in the United States. It was in Birmingham that Paul developed and deepened his spirituality — a quest that had begun in Toronto and would define his life after hockey. He founded The Leadership Group, where he serves as a mentor to other men trying to maintain a spiritual life in and out of sports.
In The Goal of My Life, Henderson shares a story that cannot be defined by one goal, but by the many goals that he has set for himself throughout his life, both in hockey and beyond.
Paul Henderson will forever be recognized and remembered for his goal with 34 seconds remaining in the 8th game of the 1972 Summit Series. This goal gave Canada the lead and won them the series and with that the team became known as "the Team of the Century." And Paul's goal as, "the Goal of the Century." But there is more to Paul Henderson than just that one goal and in The Goal of My Life, Henderson opens up about scoring both on and off the ice. A family man and man with deep faith, Henderson lives each day with tremendous appreciation for the gifts life has rewarded him and has not allowed his recent diagnosis with cancer to alter his positive demeanor. Henderson takes fans back to the moment 1972 when Canada won the Summit Series, though additionally shares memories from his entire life and his early days playing hockey through to his retirement from the game and his personal challenges with Leukemia. Henderson is a hero and his book is one that all fans of hockey and life will enjoy.
About the Author
PAUL HENDERSON was born in Lucknow, Ontario. He played his junior hockey with the Hamilton Red Wings and lead the OHL in scoring before moving to the NHL to play for Detroit, then later Toronto, and finally Atlanta. Henderson was chosen to play for the 1972 Canadian Team that competed against the Soviets in the Summit Series. During the series, Henderson accumulated 7 goals, 3 of which were game winners, including his goal in Game 8 that has long been recognized as the "goal of the century." Since retiring from hockey in 1984, Henderson joined the seminary and now runs a Christian ministry. He is a published author and motivational speaker and both he and his wife speak at various marriage conferences to offer guidance and mentoring.
ROGER LAJOIE is well-known to hockey fans as a host of Toronto's The Fan 590. He is also a North American sports correspondent for the Reuters News Agency and has covered the World Series, the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final. Roger lives with his wife and family in Courtice, Ontario.
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