The Goal

For those born in last few decades, the greatest goal in hockey that they ever witnessed was the “Golden Goal” of Sydney Crosby, the overtime goal which captured the Gold Medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

For others, sandwiched between the baby boomers and the millennials, the greatest goal ever scored, that they saw, came in 1987, as Wayne Gretzky passed the puck to Mario Lemieux, who scored to give Canada a 6-5 victory over the Soviet Union in the third and deciding game of the Canada Cup.

The case can be made for other great goals as well. However, hockey fans in their 50’s or older were witnesses to “The Goal,” ¬†what most hockey observers, experts and fans alike, consider to be the greatest goal in hockey history.

In 1972 the Summit Series featured the stars of the NHL, Team Canada, against the Soviet Union.¬†The series was about more than just hockey. ¬†It was the height of the cold war, and for many people, this was an extension of that conflict between Soviets, representing communism and totalitarianism,¬†and the¬†democratic, capitalist, “free” countries of the “West.”

1972¬†was the first time that the best players in professional hockey would be assembled to take on the Soviets, the powerhouse that had dominated international and Olympic hockey since the 1950’s. ¬†Canadians were confident that this time it would be different, as hockey was our game, and now we finally had a chance to prove it, “best on best.” ¬†For the first time we would send our best players, our NHL stars, to teach the Soviets about hockey.

It didn’t start out that way. ¬†The Canadian stars were used to using September to get in shape for the NHL season. They weren’t ready to play and it showed, as Canada only won one game out of the first¬†four games at home, and then dropped the first game in Russia. Down 3 games to 1, with one tie, the Canadians needed to win the final three games in Russia to win the series. ¬†They¬†would win the next two to even the series and make the 8th and final game the decider.

What had already been a dramatic series was about to achieve legendary status. Down by two goals going into the 3rd period, Canada clawed their way back to tie the game with about 7 minutes left.  In the final minute, Paul Henderson scored to give Canada the lead and the victory in the series.

Canadians had been watching on their television sets, all over the country and around the world. ¬†Many Canadians can still tell you where they were when Henderson scored “The Goal.”

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Join the Library Team

freaksgeeksOnce again the Panther Den invites you to be a part of the Library Team. We are looking for responsible, diligent students to work as library monitors at lunch, before school and after school. Earn service hours, get first crack at new books and enjoy the privilege of serving your school in an important way.

All students from Grade 8 to 12 are invited. Click here to apply online. See Mr Sexton if you have any questions, and check out the Library Team page.

Why go to the library?

Today’s reason: ¬†Books

booksatlibraryBooks.  We have lots of books. Lots of free books that you can borrow. Lots of free books, that you can borrow, that have been chosen with you in mind.

If you are one of the hundreds of students who come through our doors every day, you know why you come to the library. ¬†For those of you who aren’t sure, check out some good reasons to visit the library, either in real life, or online!

 

 

Banned Books Week

September 21-27 is Banned Books Week in the United States, as established by the American Library Association. We can observe it in Canada too.  We live in a society where we believe everyone should learn to read, that reading is important, and that people should have the right to read what they want to read.  So many of our fundamental rights and freedoms are represented in the fight for educated, literate citizens to have control over what they read.  Sadly, our society also has powerful forces that work against those freedoms.  Sometimes those countering forces are well-meaning, hoping to protect us from lies, hate, propaganda and such. Sometimes these countering forces are even necessary, as we seek to protect children from pornography and other age-inappropriate material.  Yet a free and vital democracy requires that individuals, not the state, determine what is acceptable reading material and what is not acceptable. Parents must be able to protect their children from the mistakes of society, yet the state must also protect children from the mistakes of their parents. There are no easy answers in all this, yet that is not a reason to shy away from this vital issue.