Wild Ride Home

Once upon a time in Moncton, New Brunswick, on September 21, 1972, Bruce Campbell Scarth was born. At that same time there was a little hockey tournament happening between USSR and Canada. It was not going well in Canada and Dad needed to travel to Newfoundland to install a new Photo System at Tooton’s in St. John’s. During the flight to St. John’s from Halifax, it was in the last few minutes of the sixth game and it was tied, meaning the USSR would win the tournament — not a happy time on board Air Canada as we listened “on the ground” before takeoff. The Captain announced that he had to turn off the radio while taking off so said he would tell us all the outcome after at cruising altitude … the LONGEST WAIT EVER, almost as long for Bruce to arrive who was several weeks late. ANYWAY … the intercom finally clicked on and everyone waited for the inevitable NEWS. At first the Captain said, very solemnly that the game was over and everyone was waiting for the bad news NEXT and then he SCREAMED into the microphone that Henderson had scored in the last few minutes and Canada had WON. The whole plane jumped up in the air and we glided on euphoria into St. John’s. The rest of the story happened when ALL of Canada watched Paul Henderson do it all over again! WOW!!!!

Peter Scarth
Georgetown, Ontario

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