"Here's a shot. Henderson makes a wild stab for it and falls. Here's another shot. Right in front. They Score!! Henderson has scored for Canada!"
As Foster Hewitt's ghostly words described the "goal heard around the world," millions of Canadians danced and hugged in a scene that was reminiscent of the celebrations at the end of World War II. Never has a single sporting moment meant so much to so many Canadians a sense of unparalleled nationalism.
Every Canadian but Denis Brodeur.
Denis Brodeur, the father of New Jersey Devils goaltending great Martin Brodeur, was one of about 3000 Canadians in Moscow's Luzhniki Ice Palace the night Henderson scored. While the hearts of every other Canadian in Moscow, including the players, and every Canadian back home filled with joy, and relief, Brodeur was busy snapping this little photo.
It became perhaps the most famous photo not only in hockey history, but Canadian history.
Several generations of Canadians were born after 1972, but they recognize this photo instantly. They know it represents more than just a great moment in hockey, but a great moment in Canada. It is a photo of Canadian pride and Canadian history. Somehow this picture continues to instill unparalleled nationalism in a country that is so often divided.
That is why I have picked Denis Brodeur's immortal photo of Paul Henderson jumping into the congratulatory arms of Yvan Cournoyer, and every other Canadian then and since, as Hockey's Greatest Photo.
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