The cold war provided the brilliant setup for a great moment in canadian history: The Paul Henderson goal in 1972. It was 42 years ago, on September 27th 1972 that Canada beat the Soviet Union. What was supposed to be dominant professionals teaching an “amateur” side how to play a game turned into an epic clash, embodying the battle of ideals, that has embedded itself into Canadian folklore. If you’re someone like me, you weren’t even around for the goal but it still holds special significance beyond the recent parallel provided by Sidney Crosby. In honour of The Goal and to celebrate the return of hockey for the year, I decided to share some of our great resources from my favourite pastime.
Aside from being a world class hockey player, Paul Henderson is also an accomplished author. WPL has several of his books which you might want to check out. The Goal of My Life is available as both a book and an ebook. In it, Henderson talks about his famous exploits, his family, his battle with cancer, his faith, and other salient topics. It’s a great read which expands beyond our most memorable moment of the man. We also have How Hockey Explains Canada: The Sport That Defines a Country and Shooting for Glory. Henderson’s trading of a hockey stick for a pen has given us several books worth checking out.
The team itself is a subject of numerous works. Team Canada 1972: The Official 40th Anniversary Celebration by Andrew Podnieks who has written many great books on hockey is a good one. Although it’s a bit older, we also have Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now by one of Canada’s greatest hockey (and sports) writers – Brian McFarlane. Cold War: The Amazing Canada-Soviet Hockey Series Of 1972 by Roy MacSkimming takes a fascinating look at the underlying political situation and how it played out on the ice.
Our hockey collection goes well beyond materials on the Summit Series of course. For example, Terry Ryan’s fascinating Tales Of A First-round Nothing: My Life As An NHL Footnote follows the life of a man who was expected to be a great. He partied with rock stars, battled with his coach, and soon had to deal with a career ending sooner than expected. If you’d rather read about the greats, we’ve got you covered with books on Gretzky, Howe, Crosby, Yzerman and many more. If the greats aren’t your thing, you can also check out materials on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While books like Hockey: A People’s History by Michael McKinley are great for those who love the history of the game, we also have some wonderful stories for those who just want to read a nice book. The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier is a Canadian classic (aussi disponible en français). The Screech Owl series by Roy MacGregor about the adventures of a young hockey team provides a thrilling mystery series for kids. It is especially great for young reluctant readers who like sports. For older readers, Hockey Girl by Natalie Hyde is my recommendation.
Of course we have more than just books. Whether you want to lace them up with the latest in the popular EA Sports series NHL 14 video game. Or you want to kick back and watch a great hockey themed movie like Goon, we’ve got you covered. This blog has just a few of our hockey resources, but we’ve got books, movies, audiobooks, video games, and everything else hockey you can think of. You can even relax and reminisce about Flying V’s and Knuckle Pucks with the Mighty Ducks anthology. As fall comes into the air and the players start hitting the ice, it’s the perfect time to cheer a great Canadian sport. So celebrate the anniversary of Paul Henderson’s defining national moment, and be thankful that hockey is back.