Canada has a rich tradition of producing heroes

Cam Tait

Defining a hero is a very individual and personal task.

For Canadians, fortunately, we have been exposed to many people who have fall into such an esteemed and prestigious category. Heroes not only are publicly anointed for their bravery, courage and selfless acts; they provide a beacon of hope to people who need it the most.

In my lifetime, just a touch over the half-century mark, there have been some significant Canadians.

It goes back to my early teens, in late September of 1972, when Paul Henderson scored that epic goal for Team Canada in Moscow. Henderson’s goal gave Canada an overall victory in an eight-game series against Russia and he quickly became a Canadian hero.

Canada needed something to bring us together. Only two years earlier the country was rocked by the well-documented October Crisis when the realization of Quebec separating from Canada heavily loomed.

Henderson’s heroic goal, in…

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