Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson was the hero of the historic 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, scoring the winning goal in the final three games, but he will always be remembered and celebrated mostly for scoring the winning goal in the eighth and final game.

That goal might made Henderson a star, but it didn’t define him as a person.

A native of Kincardine, Henderson played for the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Atlanta Flames in the NHL, as well as the Toronto/Birmingham Toros of the WHA.

He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame individually and along with Team Canada.

He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2013 for his social and charity work, as well as his hockey achievements. A year later, he received the Order of Ontario.

All of which makes Paul Henderson a most fitting 2018 recipient of the Conn Smythe Lifetime Achievement Award.