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24. Paul Henderson

With 477 career NHL points (and 283 in the WHA), the professional statistics speak to a very good player but not that of the Hall of Famer. This is very much the consensus of most hockey pundits and fans alike. However, we all know of that intangible of the 1972 Canada/Soviet Union Summit Series. Coming off his most productive NHL year with 38 goals, Henderson was an afterthought selection to team Canada. Henderson responded with the best hockey of his career leading the tournament with ten points. Of course, it was that final point, a goal with thirty four seconds remaining that he will known forever for. That goal won the series and made him an icon in Canada. It is a moment that is played over and over again on Canadian television, and will be replayed for generations to come. When critics say that Paul Henderson would not be in the Hall of Fame discussion if he hadn’t scored “the goal” but what they have to remember is one thing: HE DID score that goal.

Should Paul Henderson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 63.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.7%
No opinion. - 1.1%
No way! - 21.8%

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  • Country of Origin: Lucknow, Ontario, Canada
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1983
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Played For: Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Non-NHL Teams: Toronto Toros (WHA)
    Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
    Atlanta Flames
    Team Canada (1972 & 1974 Summit Series)

  • Major Accolades and Awards: NHL All Star (1972 & 1973)

Should Paul Henderson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 63.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.7%
No opinion. - 1.1%
No way! - 21.8%

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-3 #4 CJ 2013-03-15 17:41
Definitely not a hall of fame career. A good journeyman at best, who got hot at the right time for one week in 1972. He never matched that again, not even close.
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-3 #3 P Smith 2013-01-31 13:11
Henderson had an insignifican t career - he was to the 1970s what John Druce was to the 1990s. Reggie Leach accomplished twice what Henderson did, and Leach will never get a sniff at the hall.

Worse yet, Henderson was one of the first fundy christians in the NHL, one of the types who pestered and constantly harasses teammates with religion. He was despised in locker rooms by his teammates (see: Tony Fernandez, Orel Hershiser).
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+6 #2 LeftOfTheDial -0001-11-30 00:00
The fact alone that Henderson scored the winning goals in game 6, 7 & 8 of the 1972 Summit Series should get him in. Henderson 9;s winner in game 8 will be remembered in Canadian hockey folklore for generations to come.
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-3 #1 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
Didn't do enough in the NHL IMHO.
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