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The scorer of “The Goal”, Paul Henderson’s professional career spanned 21 years. Coming up through Detroit’s farm system, he played his first full season in 1964-65. In 1968, he was traded with Norm Ullman to Toronto in exchange for Frank Mahovlich. Although mostly used as a checker, Henderson was chosen for the Summit Series because of a 38-goal season in 1971-1972. Playing with Ron Ellis and Bobby Clarke, he performed well even though Canada didn’t. It was in the eighth game in Moscow that Henderson stepped onto the ice and took two swipes at a Phil Esposito pass to break a 5-5 tie with the Soviets, causing joy to erupt across Canada. Henderson went on to play in the WHA and then retired in 1981, his place in hockey history secure.

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