"The Goal" was only one moment of many that made up a hockey career that lasted twenty years -- and a life that has gone far beyond.
Paul grew up in the small town of Lucknow, Ontario, and played hockey from a young age. He started his professional career with the Detroit Red Wings in 1962, where he played with future Hall of Famers Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, and Ted Lindsay. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the decade, and it was there that his career took off, culminating with an invitation to the Summit Series.
In the years following, the most famous hockey player in Canada left the NHL for the rebel WHA, playing with the Birmingham Bulls in the United States. It was in Birmingham that Paul developed and deepened his spirituality -- a quest that had begun in Toronto and would define his life after hockey. He founded The Leadership Group, where he serves as a mentor to other men trying to maintain a spiritual life in and out of sports.
In The Goal of My Life, Henderson shares a story that cannot be defined by one goal, but by the many goals that he has set for himself throughout his life, both in hockey and beyond.
About the Author
Paul Henderson is honorary professor of earth sciences at University College London and former director of science at the Natural History Museum in London. His most recent book is "The Cambridge Handbook of Earth Science Data".
Ron Ellis is the author of the fictionalized memoir Cogan s Woods and the editor of the anthology, Of Woods and Waters: A Kentucky Outdoors Reader. His work has appeared in Sporting Classics, Kentucky Afield, and Kentucky Monthly and is included in The Gigantic Book of Hunting Stories edited by Jay Cassell, deputy editor of Field & Stream. He lives in Lexington, KY with his wife and son.