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Paul Henderson and Theodor Herzl: What’s the connection?

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I can safely say that I am the only person in the world who has exhibited memorabilia relating to Paul Henderson and Theodor Herzl at the same time.

It was back in 2010.

During that year, an exhibit of memorabilia from the 1972 Canada-Russia hockey series travelled across Canada. The exhibit featured the sweater Henderson wore when he scored his historic series-winning goal (more about that goal later), which had recently been purchased by Toronto business leader and Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club owner Mitchell Goldhar. The exhibit included some of my memorabilia from the series which I collected when I was 11 years old.

At the same time, Beth Tzedec synagogue in Toronto hosted an exhibit of artifacts from my Herzl collection which is the largest in the world.

I expect there are readers of this article who are hockey fans who know about Paul Henderson, but don’t know about Theodor Herzl, and there are readers who know about Herzl but not about Henderson. Readers who know both might be wondering what these two people have to do with each other.

Paul Henderson is a Canadian hockey player who was a member of Team Canada which played the Soviet Union (we called it Russia) in an eight game hockey series in September 1972. The first four games were in Canada with the last four in Moscow. Canada was expected to beat the Russians handily, and the entire country was shocked when Canada lost the first game badly, and then lost several others. Canada needed to win the last three games in Moscow to win the series, which we did, with Paul Henderson scoring the winning goal in all three games. In the eighth and deciding........

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