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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."

The two images, Frank Lennon's on the left and Denis Brodeur's on the right. 

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!

If you look at the lower right, you can see a group of photographers, this is the spot where Frank Lennon and Denis Brodeur shot the goal from.


Auction for Denis Brodeur's Summit Series Henderson goal and the camera he shot it with.

For a little less than buying Brodeur's negatives you can pick up a page of the past!

A little of the back story on Frank Lennon's picture!


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An amazing moment in Canadian history. I remember watching that game in my grade #1 class. The whole country stood still.

Frank Svatousek

Our whole school (Northmount Junior High in Willowdale) was allowed to watch the game in the "cafetorium". I remember the moment so well. I was able to hear Mr. Henderson speak very recently and he's an inspiring and funny guy. Best wishes to him.

Ask any Canadian where they were on Friday, 28 September 1972 at about 4:15 pm...

When will Canadians come to terms with the fact that the 1972 series was won with a chop to the ankle of Kharlamov by Bobby Clarke. A cynical act which ushered in the thuggery of the Flyers for the next few years, until the beautiful game was rescued by the 1976-79 Habs.

Ohhhh...thanks for the explanation about the two photographers snapping at the same time. I had always been confused on who took the photo and was thinking it was Martin Brodeur's Dad...so yes and no. This was an iconic moment for all of Canada and it continues to be. The game was not won by one bad or good play and there was nastiness on both sides...it was the Cold War transferred to the hockey rink. There were low points as well as high points to the series. Paul Henderson scored the winning goals for the last 3 games of the series and is a true hero. I could not think of a more worthy person to carry this honour and he's treated it well. I wish him the best too where his health is concerned. I remember being in my grade 7 class listening on the radio and I feel it really ignited my patriotism for Canada. I will never forget it!!

@allison gowling....Remember, Cash had been taken out of the series with a spear to the mouth, Mikhailov and the kicking episode, let's not even GO to the referee thing. The Europeans were the kings of dirty play.

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