Paul Henderson 1972 Canada-Russia Series Game-Worn Jersey

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2015-06-26 10:43:38

Paul Henderson 1972 Canada-Russia Series Game-Worn Jersey is a highly valuable item of sports memorabilia. It was sold in June 2010 for $1,275,707. Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson (1943-present) was a Canadian ice hockey player, active between 1962 and 1981.

He is most famous for scoring the winning goals in the last three games of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union.

Controversially, he has not been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The jersey

The jersey was worn by Henderson in the last four games of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union.

Henderson’s series winner. scored with 34 seconds remaining, commonly referred to as “the goal", is widely considered hockey's most memorable moment.

The white Team Canada jersey is a heavy knit sweater which features a stylistic maple leaf rising up from the waist.

The word ‘Canada’ and the number 19 are sewn onto the back in red, single-layer tackle twill.

The black and gold ‘Tricot Sport Maska’ tag is stitched into the collar. The jersey contains a numberof stick marks and scuffs in addition to some material pulls on the front and back.

Classic Auctions, Montreal (who sold the jersey) described it as “the most significant artifact in the history of the game of hockey.”

Provenance

Henderson gave the historic uniform to Team Canada trainer Joe Sgro. It was later sold to a collector and then purchased privately by the Classic Auctions consignor.

It had never been auctioned or advertised for sale until 2010.

Sale

On 22nd June 2010, the jersey was sold for $1,275,707 by Classic Auctions, Montreal, after a hotly-contested online auction.

This surpassed the previous record price of $191,000 US paid for hockey jersey, a Bobby Orr sweater worn during his 1966-67 rookie season.

It was bought by lifelong hockey fan, Canadian Mitchell Goldhar.

The Canadian government had attempted to get businesses involved in order to keep the jersey in the country, where it could be placed in the Canadian Sports Hall Of Fame.

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