Goodbye, Mr. Hockey

Posted by Doug Draper on Niagara At Large, June 10th, 2016

For decades going back to the 1950s and 60s, Gordie Howe was to the game of hockey what Arnold Palmer was to golf and what the just passed Muhammad Ali was to boxing.

For the longest time, millions of kids who laced up a pair of skates and picked up a hockey stick did so because they were inspired like him and because of a dream to play the game like him.Howe7172OPC262

But few have ever exemplified best of the game as Gordie Howe, who died this Friday, June 10th at age. For millions of Canadians and Americans alike, he was the true definition of a sports hero.

Here is a statement on the passing of Gordie Howe, released this June 10th by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gordie Howe, who passed away today at the age of 88. 

“Gordie Howe was an incredible athlete who relentlessly pushed the limits of the game. His skill, toughness, dedication, and passion for hockey distinguished him as one of the greatest players in history.

“Throughout his five-decade long career, Gordie Howe won six Hart Trophies as the National Hockey League’s most valuable player, six Art Ross Trophies as the league’s leading scorer, and four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings.

“Gordie Howe was awarded the Order of Canada in 1971, and was inducted into 11 different halls of fame. His records, accomplishments, and accolades are without parallel in the history of hockey. He was truly one of a kind.

“We will remember the legend, the man, and the many exciting hockey moments he provided to fans throughout his career.

“Skate on, Mr. Hockey. You will be deeply missed.”

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One response to “Goodbye, Mr. Hockey

  1. Gail Benjafield

    Do all please read Roy MacGregor’s post in the Globe and Mail, and a video online. Roy was close to the Howe family.

    When our son was a sports journalist in L.A. with a sports dot com firm, he was lucky to meet and interview many sports heroes. He interviewed (by phone) not in person, Gordie and Colleen Howe, and, as a young Cdn journalist, he was so impressed by their kindness and generosity. He also had the opportunity to meet Mohammad Ali in person at the office. Ali could barely speak, but was as gentlemanly and open as possible, meeting all staff with a handshake and smile, and left them all with a small Q’ran.

    We’ve lost two sports legends this one week.


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