Paul Henderson, the hero of the Summit Series in 1972, was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the years immediately before and after he scored the greatest goal in hockey history. He played from 1967 to 1974 with the Blue and White before leaving to join the WHA and sign with the local Toros.


Henderson always drove to Maple Leaf Gardens for games and practice, but he refused to drive up Yonge Street, which would have been the easiest route for him. One time Henderson and his wife had visitors in town, and they wanted to drive up Yonge Street to see the sights along the world’s longest road on their way to the game. The Leafs lost both games. “So now we drive up Church Street whether we’re taking out-of- town people to the game or not,” he admitted.

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