It was an event that truly captured the essence of being a Canadian. The date forever etched in our collective minds and souls - September 28, 1972. No detailed explanation is required concerning what the date means to most Canadians - it is the day Paul Henderson's game-winning goal in game 8 provided Team Canada 1972 with the Summit Series victory over the Soviet Union.
On February 26, 2011, a new exhibit - "The Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour" - was open for public viewing at the Air Canada Centre.
In both rooms, video screens provide a history of the series.
A giant board provides details on each game. A tip-of-the-cap to hockey writer/historian Joe Pelletier for his splendid work in bringing the series to life with the written word.
Beneath this rests a showcase with pins, currency and other artifacts.
The defining moment of the exhibit for this writer came as a result of the action playing on the big screen. With most of the crowd viewing the sweater and contents of various showcases, there was a moment when most in the room turned their heads and focused on the TV monitor. Their impulse to abandon what they were doing was caused by a single voice calling out "THEY SCORE, HENDERSON HAS SCORED FOR CANADA". The play by play provided by Foster Hewitt brought the house to a standstill. It was amazing to witness.
Did I mention something about soul?