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Video- The Life Of A Legend

via Sportsnet,

Stephen Brunt with the feature.


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post will remain at the top of KK for a few days in memory of Gordie Howe

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The One And Only Gordie Howe

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

There was only one Gordie Howe, and there will never be another like him.

That hasn’t stopped National Hockey League scouts and general managers from scouring the junior leagues ever since he began dominating his sport, searching for that impossible-to-find combination of physical might, speed, competitive fire, scoring prowess, mean streak and character that defined the quintessential “power forward” … long before the phrase was coined.

And to be sure, what Howe did on the ice — and the still-staggering total of five decades he spanned while doing it — are the greatest parts of his legacy.

For those who grew up watching him play, or listening to his feats described on radio, no one ever played what coaches now commonly call “the 200-foot game” better than the larger-than-life product of tiny Floral, Sask., who passed away Friday morning at his son Murray’s home in Ohio, at age 88, after a typically determined rebound from a series of strokes two years ago.

But there were other pieces of Mr. Hockey’s life that continue to resonate, even now.


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The Great Godie Howe

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Sure, vengeance might be His (Romans 12:19), but as the Creator vets His newest recruit—a powerful, stooped-shouldered man with an easy smile and old-fashioned values forged in Depression-era Saskatchewan—He would be well-advised to skim the Book of Gordie. Verse 1: Do not mess with Gordie Howe. Howe, who died on Friday at age 88, had a memory as long as his unparalleled career, which touched five decades and included seven MVP awards in two leagues. Heaven might be a swell place, full of cherubim and gaping five-holes, but if Mr. Hockey suspects that he was taken from us too soon, that he could have gotten yet another day out of his rich life ... well, the Supreme Being should start skating with his head up, you know?

Howe has eternity to fix somebody’s wagon, not just the mere decade he needed to settle an old score with Bobby Baun. In the 1957–58 season, Baun, a rugged Maple Leafs defenseman, nailed Howe, who had been cutting into the middle to take a shot, with a seismic check. Ten seasons later, Baun was earning a living with the expansion Oakland Seals when Howe again cut to the middle. Fool Gordie once, shame on you. Fool Gordie twice, a Zamboni might be scraping up your teeth. This time Howe released his shot and held his follow-through long enough for his stick blade to carve g.h. in Baun’s throat. As a supine Baun gasped for breath, the Red Wings’ star straddled him and growled, “Now we’re even, you s.o.b.”


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A Very Sad Day - Gordie Howe Dead At Age 88

Rest in peace my one and only sports idol.

The big guy meets The Big Guy.





added 9:32am, Legends of Hockey feature on Gordie Howe is below...

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Way Back To 1942

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

After the fish and fists flew, the rookies rose up and the fines came down, the first and still only comeback from an 0-3 deficit in Stanley Cup Final history was recapped by Toronto forward Syl Apps, whose words spilled from the noisy home dressing room at Maple Leaf Gardens.

“By jiminy!” he cried out, according to the Canadian Press.

Ten years after the franchise’s last title, as war raged in the Pacific and European theaters, the 1942 Maple Leafs had roared back against the Red Wings. The heroes included a pair of brothers, including one summoned into substitute duty before Game 4, and the witnesses for the decisive Game 7 included 16,218 fans, the largest Canadian crowd ever recorded. Before long, the improbability of the event was being placed into historical context.

“Generations of hockey players yet unborn will hear time and again the story of the 1942 playoffs—the most exciting in the 50-year history of the Stanley Cup,” wrote John N. Sabo of the Detroit Free Press, two days after Toronto capped its revival with a 3-1 win.


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Your Can Only Upgrade The Offense Or Defense

What do you chose?


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Afternoon Line- Drew Sharp On The Detroit Red Wings

The Wings’ plan must change. Holland has earned the chance to orchestrate that philosophical shift. But that first requires an organizational admission that they can no longer retool while minimizing the pain. Keeping Joe Louis Arena filled while keeping alive a generation-old playoff streak that has lost significance. They thought they could cheat a cap-driven system that usually demands an extended down period, ensuring high draft picks and high-quality prospects.

It also demands Holland become more aggressive on the trade market this summer, even if the purpose is to pare some of the bad contracts from the payroll.

-Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press where you can read more on this topic.

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Time To Finish Off The Red Wings

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

The series is only four games old and it feels like it has been going on for a month.

So what's next? What happens now?

Now end it.

Game 5 is Thursday night at Amalie Arena. It should be the last game of the series. For the Lightning, it better be. It needs to be.

"We have a chance to put this away at home," Lightning center Tyler Johnson said. "That's why what we will try to do."

Forget trying. Just do it. Yeah, sure, the fourth win is always the toughest on to win in a series. That's the cliché, right? You'll hear it a thousand times in the next 24 hours.

"The next game," defenseman Braydon Coburn said in a rocking Lightning locker room, "is the biggest game."

You'll also hear how the Red Wings will be desperate. How their season is on the line. How no dog is more dangerous than a cornered wounded dog or some such nonsense.

To heck with all that.


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It’s Like Training A Wild Colt When It Comes To Andreas Athanasiou

I will be the first to admit I have never trained a wild horse or for that matter, I've never really trained anything wild, but I get the impression the Wings are doing just that with Andreas Athanasiou.

Maybe more specifically, they are training him in the 'Red Wing ways'.

Maybe I am reading too much into it but look at some of the quotes via Brian Savage of Mlive.

"He's one of the guys that doesn't get that much ice time but he really takes care of business when he's out on the ice," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who scored Detroit's other goal. "He almost had an unbelievable goal there in the first. Then he finished a nice pass from Andy."

Good goal but don't forget others were involved.

"He came here and wasn't an elite player yet in the American League and we can't expect him to put the team on his shoulders and be an elite player here in the NHL," said Blashill, who coached Athanasiou in Grand Rapids last season. "It doesn't work that way.

"What we did do was pull him up for the specific purpose that he's got great speed ... and he's a guy who seems to be able to handle less minutes and still have an impact. Most players can't do that. He's good defensively. It's really just about his overall impact on the game.

"Can he have a great impact? When he wants to own the moment, he's great. He did a great job with the role that he was given and I expect him to continue to do a great job with the role he's given."

Play within the parameters we have set for you.

"The spin move was nice, real nice," Blashill said with a grin. "If that would have went in ..."

It's not all about how it looks.

more on Athanasiou...

If you missed the spin move, watch a GIF of it below...

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