God Bless Paul Henderson

Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

He played over 1,000 games in his professional career with the NHL & WHA, during which he is credited with scoring 376 goals. But it was Paul Henderson’s goal for Team Canada versus the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series that made him a national hero. (That he scored the game winner in three games, not just one, is a fact most people have forgotten).

“The goal” scored on September 28th, 1972, today celebrates its 40th anniversary. Reminiscing with George Stroumboulopoulos on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (28/09/12), Paul shared “I felt I needed to get on the ice. I felt I could score a goal,” He also acknowledged how the goal brought a flood of attention and expectation. “I probably put too much pressure on myself. I wanted to perform for them (the fans), but you got to do what you do well.”

In the years that followed, Henderson’s life was transformed by faith. In his new book, The Goal of My Life: A Memoir, he notes, “Contentment does not come from achievement.” Instead he states, “It comes from a relationship with the Lord.”

Paul has found great joy in challenging business people to pursue relationships that matter and uncommon opportunities. Speaking to numerous audiences, he has testified that while his life changed on the ice that day in 1974, he experienced even greater life change when he began his journey with Jesus. I’ve heard him speak a number of times and I never fail to be impressed!

In November 2009, Paul was diagnosed with leukemia, a disease which still has no cure. Not known as one to quickly throw in the towel, Paul has chosen to fight the cancer with the same tenacity that made him a hockey hero. “I trust God every day. I’m 69, and no one has lived a better life than I’ve had. I have no complaints. I just take it day by day and refuse to worry. I live each day the best way I can. I refuse to let cancer get me down. If tomorrow shows up, we’ll take a shot at it.” (Zoomer Magazine, 9.27.12)

God bless Paul Henderson.

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