LETHBRIDGE-A piece of hockey history will be making a stop in Lethbridge on Friday. The jersey that Paul Henderson wore when he scored the game winning goal during the 1972 Summit Series will be on display at Nicholas Sheran Arena between 4-8 pm.
But the jersey will not be the only item on display.
"We have a 60 foot semi trailer with lots of memorabilia from the Summit Series," says tour manager Rob Wighton, "there's postcards from Canadians who actually went to the games, Russian currency, programs, tickets stubs so there's a lot of really neat things you don't get to see every day and get to hear the stories behind them."
Lethbridge is the 44th stop on the jersey's 60 city tour. The jersey was purchased at an auction last spring by Canadian businessman Mitchell Goldhar for just under 1.3 million.
"When Mitch snapped it up he decided that instead of it sitting in his basement or donating it to the Hockey Hall of Fame right away, he decided that he wanted to do a cross country tour," says Wighton.
The tour has drawn people who remember the series or are looking to gain a better understanding of the games that Canada played against Russia during the height of the Cold War. They have all come to see a piece of our past that has helped shaped our nation.
"It's one of those moments when we can say -- Where were you when Henderson scored that goal? ," says Wighton, "It was certainly a sport changing moment and that's why were celebrating it 39 years later."
The tour started in Lucknow, Ontario (Henderson's hometown) in January and went west out to Vancouver. The jersey will be on display in Calgary and Red Deer this weekend, then it will continue out east. In the fall it will start it's second leg of the tour going from Ottawa to Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Photos by Ted Andrew-Country 95 news
Henderson's jersey, sticks and gloves he wore in the goal winning game.
Excerpt from guestbook for people to sign their names and put messages in.