Tears flooded out of my eyes just months ago on March 28th watching and hearing 20k+ singing happy birthday to this legend at the Joe. What a moment…even Mickey Redmond choking up.
Considering Gordie was near death in Oct. of 2014 after a severe stroke, then the miracle of an experimental stem cell treatment and Gordie’s will himself to fight back. That he did and all of us sighed a gigantic relief. So getting that one last chance to see him was more than special.
When I was 10 or 11 years old I got a chance to meet and get Gordie Howe’s autograph. All I can remember is how I stood there in awe hardly knowing what to say other than asking can I please have your autograph, this great big man was wonderful with a gentle smile happily giving it to me. I left elated and never forgot that moment so while the crowd sang it was that flashback that went through my mind.
On Saturday nights in our house when very young when all we had was 4 channels on a black and white TV, it was Hockey Night in Canada. I can remember that theme from 3 or 4 yrs. old, Hockey became my favorite sport and it was number 9 who ruled.
I loved it and the old-time hockey when the gloves came flying off and the benches cleared. It was part of the game…then.
So when the news announced a few days ago that Mr. Hockey was gone my heart sank and again I cried but this time much harder. Then I sat and reflected all those games I watched from a kid, all the times I yelled when he scored…and when he dropped those gloves LOL. I don’t believe I ever saw him lose a fight.
But it was with the stick that made this man an icon of the game.
Gordie laid down the foundation for the sport and what would become Detroit Hockeytown.
Mr. Hockey has left the arena but he’ll never be gone.
Detroit Red Wing Fans and all of hockey mourns the loss of the best that ever played the game.
You were ours… a Red Wing, we were Blessed and there will be a part of you left in every one of us forever.
With Love Gordie,
How can you feel like a family member was not lost. A big Thank You to the Howe family for sharing this service with all of us.
Detroit, Mi. June 15, 2016. Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Goodbye Mr. Howe….. for now. When the 2016-17 Hockey season starts again in Oct. You will always be there to been seen.
Gordie! Gordie! Gordie!
“You find that you have peace of mind when you know that it was 100% effort that you gave, win or lose.”