To the Editor:
RE: "Davidson wants framed Paul Henderson sweater hanging in Davidson Centre"
The following is a letter sent by Keith Davidson to Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie, regarding Davidson's plan to have a Paul Henderson autographed hockey sweater hanging in the Davidson Centre:
Good evening, Your Worship,
For your information, I have a good news story!
When Paul Henderson scored his all-time historic goal in the Summit Series in 1972, I performed the biggest happy dance of my life.
When Paul Henderson called me last spring after putting the Canada Day committee “on hold” for four months, to say: “I made a lot of folks unhappy today, including the Government of Canada, when I told them I am going to come back to my roots in Kincardine for Canada Day 150,” I then did the second-biggest happy dance of my life!
Dec. 10, when I received an E-mail from Kaury Jones, offering to frame Paul’s Hockey Canada sweater, I then performed another huge, huge happy dance.
Our Canada 150 committee came in right on budget, so I figured when we got the green light for framing the sweater, the cost would be coming out of my pocket. Then an Angel came along in Kaury who is willing to do the framing, free of charge. Wow, what a great Kincardine old boy!
Kaury read the story about my plan to have Paul Henderson's sweater framed, in the Kincardine Record, and responded on Facebook. The editor then sent his comments to me.
Kaury loves Paul Henderson and he loves Paul’s Kincardine story. Kaury reminds me of a lot of Kincardine OPP officers I have known in Kincardine over the years who have given back to sports in a big way in town. Turns out, Kaury is into sports big time in Peterborough – he has two boys who both play OMHA “AAA” hockey, and he and his wife have been billeting Peterborough Petes Major OHL players for several years.
I thanked Kaury profusely for his wonderful act of kindness and told him I would get back to him when we get the okay from council to proceed with the framing.
As I told Your Worship and council, the story of Paul Henderson “Born On The Ice In Kincardine” is one of the top three Kincardine heritage stories of all time. Canadiana at it’s finest! A wonderful, true story – not a folk legend – not fake news – a true story! A story that should be communicated to everybody who enters the Davidson Centre - everybody should read about the story there not just the odd person entering the Kincardine hospital with other things on their mind than reading the Henderson story on the horse/sleigh configuration.
With the “Born On The Ice In Kincardine” story, I think Kincardine would have a chance of hosting a Sunday Night Rogers Hometown Hockey game that not many small towns would have a leg up on because of Paul being interviewed and being the main focus (providing he was willing to come back to Kincardine and his health stood up). I can just see Ron McLean interviewing Paul at the Davidson Centre about his Kincardine story and about THE GOAL! More history for Kincardine!
The following is the letter from Kaury Jones to Keith Davidson:
Dear Mr. Davidson,
I read the article of your efforts to get the Paul Henderson jersey a home and am hoping to help.
I frame sports memorabilia to pass the time when I'm not policing with the OPP out of the Peterborough County detachment. I'd like to offer my services by both framing the jersey and donating the frame back to you so you may publicly display such an important piece of history.
My sister is Kelly McDonald, tourism co-ordinator for the Municipality of Kincardine. She's married to Mike McDonald. I believe you know both. You may remember me as a summer volunteer with your recreation programs when I was in high school.
If I can be of assistance, please let me know and we can get the ball rolling. I've attached some samples of my work.