The sweater Paul Henderson was wearing when he scored his historic goal to win the 1972 Summit Series will be part of a major hockey-themed exhibition arriving next month at the Canadian Museum of History.
Earlier this week, museum officials unveiled the details of the new six-month-long special exhibition — simply titled “Hockey” — scheduled to run from March 10 to Oct. 9, 2017, at the Gatineau, Que., museum.
“It’s huge. I think it’s the most iconic jersey in Canadian sports, Canadian hockey history,” said Jenny Ellison, the museum’s curator for sports and leisure.
“And so it’s a really big deal and really special for us to have it here.”
On loan from owner
Henderson’s number 19 was loaned to the museum by its owner Mitchell Goldhar, who bought it in 2010 for $1.28 million.
The sweater will be the focus of the exhibition, occupying a prominent space alongside nearly 300 other artifacts that will pay homage to key moments in the history of Canadian hockey.
For example, museum-goers will get to see the sweater Sidney Crosby was wearing when he scored the gold medal-winning goal in 2010 on home ice at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, as well as Hayley Wickenheiser’s sweater from the very same games.
Jacques Plante’s so-called “pretzel” goalie mask — a low-tech precursor to the carefully-crafted goaltender helmets of today — will be on display, as will memorabilia from the Africville Seasides, a Halifax-based team that played in the Coloured Hockey League in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The exhibition will also include many other artifacts from the Summit Series, including one of the cameras believed to have been used to capture Henderson’s goal and a ticket to the final game
That eight-game series in September 1972 took on a “symbolic dimension” for many Canadians, said Ellison,…