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Paul Henderson Turns 70 January 28th 2013

Last May 700 Londoners were lucky enough to hear Hockey Legend Paul Henderson's keynote speech at the 2012 Christian Prayer Breakfast. As reported in the June 2012 edition of Christian Life in London Online, Henderson shared wonderful stories about his hockey career, especially that series winning goal in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series.

He also shared his path to Christianity and the other life changing experience - his battle with cancer. In his speech to the guests at the breakfast Henderson concluded: "There's no cure for this cancer, I am going to die someday just as everyone will die someday. I am not afraid; I just get up in morning and ask God to get me through the day. I would not trade places with anyone in this world."

40th Anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series

Since that visit to London, Henderson joined a number of his fellow 1972 Team Canada teammates in the 40th anniversary celebrations of that remarkable series. In September part of the celebrations included a trip back to the place of the infamous game at the Luzhniki Ice Palace in Moscow. Though Henderson dearly wanted to join his friends, his battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia didn't allow the series hero to make the trip.

Henderson did join the group later in September to become the first team to have their names etched into the concrete shrine with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

Order of Hockey in Canada

Just last month Paul Henderson, along with Dave King and Mark Messier, were named to the Order of Hockey in Canada.

Henderson, King and Messier along with the others in the 2013 class will be honoured by Hockey Canada in April at a ceremony in Ottawa during the 2013 IIHF women's world hockey championship. The Order of Hockey in Canada program annually honours a select number of individuals whose "role or service in the game is recognized as extraordinary" in this country.