Fourteen surviving members of Canada’s celebrated 1972 Summit Series team will return to Moscow next week to mark the 40th anniversary of their victory against the Soviet Union, but they will be travelling without the man who scored the winning goal.
Paul Henderson is undergoing cancer treatment and will not accompany his teammates on their trip, which is the first in a series of events scheduled next month.
“Paul was planning to go, but we have to be very, very cognizant of his situation,” fellow Team Canada alumnus Ron Ellis said on 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, 69, has lymphocytic lymphoma chronic leukemia, a type of cancer for which there is no known cure. Full Story
In other news:
- Adam Proteau of The Hockey News relives the 1972 Summit Series through a fascinating collection of quotes from the players.
- TSN's Alex J. Walling shares his memories of 1972.
- Yahoo Canada's blog Eh Game says the 1972 Summit Series celebrations are all about the memories.