Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour heading east

Ottawa to serve as launching point for trek through Quebec, Newfoundland and Maritimes

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Team Canada 1972 Summit Series teammates Paul Henderson, Ron Ellis, Dennis Hull and Yvan Cournoyer will descend upon the nation's capital on Sunday, October 2 and Monday, October 3 to officially launch the Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour as it prepares to visit communities in Quebec, Newfoundland and the Maritimes. The eastern Canada leg follows an incredibly successful tour through central and western Canada in the spring of 2011, where thousands of Canadians in communities from Ontario to British Columbia were able to experience the magic of the 1972 Summit Series.

"The response the tour received from communities during its travels through Ontario, the Prairies and into British Columbia was overwhelming," said Paul Henderson. "It is incredible to hear the stories of Canadians who experienced the Summit Series first-hand and to see the excitement of those who are learning about it for the first time."

A fully turn-key, interactive travelling experience housed in a branded, 48-foot double expandable trailer, the museum houses Paul Henderson's iconic 1972 Summit Series Jersey, the hockey gloves he wore in that game, rare Canadian hockey memorabilia and interactive activities, games and fun for all ages. Admission is free of charge.

Following the launch in Ottawa, the traveling exhibit will go straight to Newfoundland & Labrador, then swing through Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick. The Tour will return to Quebec in January and February to complete the cross-country odyssey.

"We're very excited about visiting communities big and small throughout eastern Canada," said Rob Wighton, Henderson Jersey Tour Field Manager. "We'll be passing through some serious hockey hotbeds and expect large turnouts of Canadians of all ages, ready to relive the excitement of the Summit Series or experience it for the first time."

SmartCentres' Mitchell Goldhar, bought the jersey worn by Paul Henderson when he scored his famous goal from an American collector in 2010. A lifelong hockey fan, he wanted to share the jersey with all Canadians by taking it communities from coast to coast. .

Fans are encouraged to join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hendersonjerseytour for tour updates and to share their favourite Summit Series stories, pictures and videos. For a full list of the stops on the Eastern leg, please visit www.hendersonjerseytour.com.

About SmartCentres
A Canadian company, SmartCentres has more than 200 shopping centres in communities big and small, and operates in every province. SmartCentres is a major contributor to SickKids, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, CAMH, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and many other worthy causes across Canada.

SOURCE SmartCentres

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