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Henderson unable to travel to Russia for 40th anniversary of 1972 Summit Series

Aug 30, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

Paul Henderson

Team Canada hero Paul Henderson will be unable to travel to Russia to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.

The 69-year-old that scored the most famous goal in Canadian hockey history (no offense, Mario and Sid) has been undergoing treatment for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

“Paul was planning to go, but we have to be very, very cognizant of his situation,” fellow Team Canada alumnus Ron Ellis told the National Post Wednesday. “I’m very close to Paul. We’re very close friends. And I told Paul, ‘Look, I’m going to be protecting you like a hawk — if you don’t think you’re up to it, then you let me know, and I’ll explain it to people.’”

Henderson is still expected to attend two commemorative events in Toronto on Sept. 22.

/goose bumps

  1. phillyphann83 - Aug 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I hate the ignorant, arrogant hockey fans in Canada, but moments like the ’72 Summit Series are what made hockey what it is today. Of course, I’m still partial to the Miracle on Ice.

    • tatdue - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      From a person whose teams projected lineup consists of 15 Canadians, 6 Europeans/Russians, and only 1 American I’d say you’re the only ignorant person talking here…maybe you should grow up a bit…

      • windmiller4 - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        What he says is true, there are a lot of arrogant hockey fans in canada, just like there are a lot of humble ones. Although in my experience there are very many Canadians who believe they are the best in the world no matter what. They also believe they have the best players, rinks, teams, etc, and that they own the game. Now once again i know that a lot of you Canadians aren’t like that. I’m just saying my experience. And Canada has a way higher percentage of kids playing hockey so naturally more are going to be in the Nhl, just give it time, and those numbers will even out

  2. mydoglouie - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    From the city that trade marked ignorance & arrogance. Don’t hate our passion!

  3. murtdurt - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Don’t worry it’s mutual. And we have the gold medal for at least 2 more years ;)

  4. phillyphann83 - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Wow, I’m shocked, after 3 hours I expected to come back from dinner and see 30+ comments destroying my diss on Canada! If hockey is Canada’s sport, where are all the fans defending their country? Where is SCA defending Crosby’s homeland?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      We’re sorry we didn’t make you more angry. We will try harder next time. Nous sommes désolés de ne pas vous faire encore plus en colère. Nous allons essayer plus fort la prochaine fois.

  5. phillyphann83 - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Philly…ignorant? duh…arrogant? not a chance, that’d be NYC.

  6. phillyphann83 - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    and pittsburgh

  7. phillyphann83 - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Maybe I should clarify, its FRENCH Canadians that give you all a bad name, and many Canadians I know also can’t stand French Canadians.

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