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The Goal of My Life

The Goal of My Life

A Memoir
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : sports, hockey

"The Goal" was only one moment of many that made up a hockey career that lasted twenty years -- and a life that has gone far beyond.
     Paul grew up in the small town of Lucknow, Ontario, and played hockey from a young age. He started his professional career with the Detroit Red Wings in 1962, where he played with future Hall of Famers Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, and Ted Lindsay. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the decade, and it was there that his career took off, cu …

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Introduction

That’s a question nobody ever asks me because they all think they know the answer when it comes to Paul Henderson. They all just assume that the “goal” of my life was the one I scored on September 28, 1972.
 
I slid a puck past Vladislav Tretiak that day to give Canada the Summit Series win over the Russians in Moscow, and that goal certainly changed my life forever. No doubt it was the biggest goal I ever scored in a hockey game, and because of it, a lot more people know who Paul Henderson is than would have if I hadn’t scored it. It’s been called the Goal of the Century, after all, and being the player who scored it certainly gives me some instant recognition in our wonderful and hockey-mad country.
 
Before that epic series in 1972, you had to be a fairly dedicated hockey fan to know the name Paul Henderson. I had a good, solid career, don’t get me wrong, but that goal gave me a stature in this country that would not have been possible unless I’d converted that rebound in game eight.
 
It certainly was the goal of my life on the ice. When something you did is recognized as the Canadian sports moment of the century, well, it’s very satisfying. When that happens, you can do two things – run away and hide from it or embrace it. I made a conscious decision to embrace it, and I have done just that all of my life. So yes, The Goal certainly was the goal of my life from that standpoint.
 
And I will talk about it later on in this book, as I have talked about it for many years. I never get tired of hearing somebody’s story of where they were when the goal was scored and what the goal meant to them, or being asked yet again what happened leading up to it. I love talking about all aspects of it. Like I said, I embrace it.
 
But if you ask me the question, “What is the goal of your life?” then you might be surprised to hear my answer. That goal was my on-ice highlight, without question – how can it not be? – but I read that question differently. The goal of a person’s life has nothing to do with the kind of goals a hockey player scores on the ice; the goal of a person’s life is their purpose, their personal answer as to why they are on this planet and what they want to do with their life.
 
It took me a long time to answer that question for myself, and a lot of soul-searching. But the goal of my life has nothing to do with any hockey game.

Excerpted from The Goal of My Life: A Memoir. Copyright © 2012 Ficel Marketing. Published by Fenn/McClelland & Stewart, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher, Heritage Hockey and Paul Henderson. All rights reserved

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The NHL

The NHL

100 Years of On-Ice Action and Boardroom Battles
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : hockey, history

The National Hockey League -- born in a Montreal hotel room on November 26, 1917 -- has much to celebrate as it approaches its centenary. Millions of fans from Montreal to Miami and Edmonton to Anaheim attend NHL games leach year, millions more watch on TV and the league pays its best players multi-million annual salaries.
Over the course of its first century, the NHL's fortunes have ebbed and flowed. It has experienced setbacks and triumphs and innumerable crises. The league has awarded many f …

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A Hero Named Howe

A Hero Named Howe

by Mike Leonetti
illustrated by Greg Banning
edition:Paperback
tagged : hockey

 

A young hockey fan learns that you don't have to be a star player to be involved in the game you love. Available in paperback for the first time!

Charlie is a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, and his hero is "Mr. Hockey" himself, the great Gordie Howe. Although he plays in his neighbourhood hockey league, Charlie is concerned that he doesn't play as well as his teammates. Inspired by a book written by Howe, and a chance meeting with broadcaster Foster Hewitt (famous for exclaiming "He Shoots! He Sc …

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The Third Best Hull

The Third Best Hull

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : hockey, sports

Everyone knows about Bobby Hull, but not everyone remembers that his brother Dennis also was a hockey star in his own right and in this book, the other Hull outlines his life in hockey with humorous anecdotes and stories. Hockey legend Gordie Howe once said there were two superstars in the Hull family: Bobby, the Golden Jet, one of the greatest players ever to tie up a pair of skates for the Chicago Blackhawks, and his brother Dennis, who had a solid career with the Chicago Blackhawks as well. D …

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Don't Call Me Goon

Don't Call Me Goon

Hockey's Greatest Enforcers, Gunslingers, and Bad Boys
edition:eBook
tagged : hockey

Professional hockey enforcers — popularly known as "goons" — finally get their due in this rollicking look at the players who have perfected the art of making mayhem. Whether they are called upon to duke it out with a fellow troublemaker or intimidate an opponent's top scorer, these are the men who get the crowds to their feet, the sports radio shows buzzing, and the TV Audience spilling their beers in excitement.Old timers like Joe Hall and Red Horner are profiled here, along with legendary …

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The Game: 30th Anniversary Edition

The Game: 30th Anniversary Edition

30th Anniversary Edition
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : hockey

From his humble beginnings playing hockey with his brother in the backyard rink his dad built, Ken Dryden quickly became one of the greatest NHL goalies, winning six Stanley Cups for the Montreal Canadiens during a legendary period in that franchise’s history.

Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written, The Game is a rare and revealing day-by-day account of a week in one NHL goalie’s life, during his very last season playing professional hockey. Ken Dryden gives us special acces …

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The Brady Brady All-Star Hockey Collection

The Brady Brady All-Star Hockey Collection

by Mary Shaw
illustrated by Chuck Temple
edition:Hardcover
tagged : hockey

This all-star collection includes five bestselling Brady Brady stories — all about hockey!Brady Brady loves hockey more than anything. In fact, he thinks about it so much that his family must call out his name twice just to get his attention! Perfect for young hockey fans like Brady Brady, this collection includes five favourite stories set on the ice:

  • Brady Brady and the Great Rink
  • Brady Brady and the Runaway Goalie
  • Brady Brady and the Puck on the Pond
  • Brady Brady and the Great Exchange
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Coach

Coach

The Pat Burns Story
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : sports, hockey

Pat Burns was one of the great NHL coaches. He worked with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, and seemed always to enjoy instant success. He capped his extraordinary career by coaching the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 2003. Cancer--his third bout--finally claimed him in 2010, aged 58. 
Rosie DiManno, who knew Burns well, has written a revealing, exhilarating and heartfelt account of his life: his childhood as a fatherless, solitary …

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