I attended the Leadership and Character Breakfast Series featuring Paul Henderson at The National Club on Wednesday, April 23rd.
I recorded Paul's talk on my smartphone. To listen click here
Paul Henderson was born on a sleigh in the middle of a snowstorm near Kincardin, Ontario.
He is married to Eleanor, his high school sweetheart, and they have three
married daughters and seven grandchildren.
Paul began his hockey career in Lucknow, Ontario progressing to Junior "a" with the Hamilton Red Wings. After winning the Memorial Cup in 1962 he moved to the N.H.L. Paul played 18 years of professional hockey with the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Atlanta Flames including five years in the World Hockey Association. As a professional, he scored 376 goals and added 386 assists.
History will remember Paul for the first Canada-Russian hockey series in 1972, when Canada needed a victory in each of the last 3 games to win the series. Incredibly, Paul scored the winning goal in each of the 3 games. The goal in the last game was declared the greatest sports moment in the last century and Team Canada '72 was voted the Team of the Century.
Paul is a member of several Sports Halls of Fame including Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. He has recently been honored with the following awards:
Order of Canada - December 2012
Queens Jubilee Medal
Order of Hockey in Canada - September 2012
IIHS Hockey Hall of Fame - induction May 2013 in Stockholm
Canada's Walk of Fame - September 2012
Ontario Sports Hall of Fame Heritage Award - September 2012
Mississauga's Legends Row - induction May 2013
He has co-authored several books, the most recent being, "How Hockey Explains Canada" and his autobiography, "The Goal of my Life" which was released on September 11, 2012.
As a motivational speaker he has addressed many of Canada's major corporations.
Paul and his wife Eleanor speak at marriage conferences and he speaks widely in
the Christian community.
Paul is active in the community, being involved with such organizations as Muskoka Woods Sports Camp and Teen Ranch near Orangeville.
Paul currently works with Leader Impact group where he has been developing men for leadership since 1984. He holds two Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees.
Paul is an avid reader, loves golf and tennis.