UPDATED! A moment in history, Frank Lennon, Denis Brodeur and Paul Henderson
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
The nation, the team, Paul Henderson and two photographers,share the same sliver of time.
That sliver some say helped define the nation.
Paul Henderson with his arms up in the air, Yvan Cournoyer embracing him celebrating with a dejected Vladislav Tretiak on the ice after scoring the game-winning goal in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series with the Soviet Union. An image we all have burned into the back of our brains.
The Toronto Star's Frank Lennon captured that moment, it ran large on the front of the paper the next day, it won the National Newspaper Award (Canada's Pulitzer) in Spot News Photography, it was used by the Mint to make a coin, Beaver Magazine called it one of 10 photographs "that changed Canada."
However, Frank was not the only photographer from Canada at that game and not the only photographer to catch that moment.
Denis Brodeur, the long-time Montreal Canadiens team photographer, 1956 Olympic Bronze Medalist and father of Canadian Gold Medalist Martin Brodeur.
Brodeur's version of the Henderson goal is very similar to Lennon's, the two are so similar that it is hard to distinguish between the two, Brodeur thinks they were standing together at the time. It was pretty crazy. Frank who was upstairs for most of the game went down to ice level near the end of the game.The images are so similar that it is hard for even Brodeur to keep track of where his images have been used, "The picture has been you many times without my authorization."
Brodeur who was in Russia on his own dime, or ruble, was freelancing for the Montreal Matin, a newspaper that folded in the 1978. He could not transmit his picture back after the game.
Brodeur, after a talk with Jean Béliveau decided to auction off his series of pictures that capture Paul Henderson putting the puck past Tretiak and the jubilation that followed. The last two frames of Canada celebrating were captured on the 37th and 38th frames of the 36 shot roll that he developed at the Isvestia newspaper after the game.
Along with the 17 frames of the goal Brodeur is also auctioning off the camera he used to capture that moment of history, a Nikon F with a 135 mm f/2.8 lens. The light at the Luzhniki Ice Palace? Brodeur was shooting at 1/500 wide open.
The NHL acquired Brodeur's collection of NHL pictures over four years ago.
Frank Lennon's negative? The Toronto Star gave him the negative on retirement.After he passed away the family donated his archive including the Henderson goal to the National Archives.
If you want to get a piece of history, with less than a day in auction the bidding is currently at around $37,000. A little less than the $1.2 million than the jersey Henderson was wearing fetched at auction earlier this year.
The auction which ended November 16th at 9:00 pm fetched $49,279.00 for the negatives that cover the 17 frames!