Gordie Howe In Remembrance… Sadness and Celebration.

Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe

 

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.

Gordie Howe- Lou Fontinato fight NY Ranger

Gordie Howe-Lou Fontinato fight

 


But it was with the stick that made this man an icon of the game.

Howe stick handling

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.

 

Howe..he shoots he scores

 

Red Wing Production Line

 

Howe and Lindsey

 

Number 9 Mr. Hockey

 

Gordie with #544

 

Gordie 600 goals

 

Gordie Howe 700

 

Gordie Howe 1950s

 

Gordie 1,000 assists

 

Howe 1964 - Bruins

 

Gordie Howe

 

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Meeting of two NHL legends: Detroit Red Wings young star Gordie Howe (left) chats with his famous Montreal Canadiens rival Jean Beliveau prior to a 1950s all-star game at the Montreal Forum.

 

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Gordie Howe, Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay

 

Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings star forward, is surrounded by teammates as he kneels at boards after scoring his 544th goal and tieing the National Hockey League all-time record on Oct. 27, 1963 in Detroit. Howe’s goal equaled the record held by former Montreal Canadiens star Maurice Richard and came against his team on Detroit ice. From left: Larry Jeffrey, Bill Gadsby, Howe, and Terry Sawchuck. Behind Howe is Alex Faulkner. (AP Photo/ Alvin Quinn

Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings star forward, is surrounded by teammates as he kneels at boards after scoring his 544th goal and tieing the National Hockey League all-time record on Oct. 27, 1963 in Detroit.

 

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 1963, file photo, Detroit Red Wings star forward Gordie Howe is surrounded by teammates as he kneels after scoring his 544th goal to tie the National Hockey League all-time record, in Detroit. From left are Larry Jeffrey, Bill Gadsby, Howe, and Terry Sawchuck. Behind Howe is Alex Faulkner. Gordie Howe, the hockey great who set scoring records that stood for decades, has died. He was 88. Son Murray Howe confirmed the death Friday, June 10, 2016, texting to The Associated Press: "Mr Hockey left peacefully, beautifully, and w no regrets." (AP Photo/Alvin Quinn, File)

 

Howe stick handling

 

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Hockey: NHL Finals: Detroit Red Wings Gordie Howe (9) in action vs Toronto Maple Leafs at Olympia Stadium. Game 3. Detroit, MI 4/16/1964 CREDIT: Lee Balterman (Photo by Lee Balterman /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X9946 TK1 R13 F37 )

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Gordie Howe _Hart Trophy MVP 1952

 

Howe_Det. Red Wings_Stanley Cup

 

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,
Hockeytown!

 

Detroit's Mr. Hockey

 

 

 

In memory of gordies howe

gordie-howe-memorial

 

Mike Thompson--Gordie-Howe

 

In Memory of Gotfir Howe

 

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.”

 

Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe

 

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