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Evening Line- Red Berenson On Gordie Howe

"Everyone was picking out partners (to fight), but nobody wanted to pick Gordie Howe. And so there was some bad language and some bad blood out on the ice. And this guy is hanging onto me, we'd already dropped our gloves, and I thought we were breaking up. And all of a sudden Howe sort of skates by and he elbows the guy in the face. And his head looked like it just about came off. And so this guy comes back and grabs onto me even harder -- like he doesn't want anything to do with Gordie Howe. And Gordie was about 40 at that time. That's the kind of reverence he got from so-called tough guys in the league, and Gordie was an old man at that time."

-Red Berenson, U of M head hockey coach on Gordie Howe.  Much more from Steve Kornacki of MGOBLUE.

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SYF's avatar

I kerflempt.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 11/12/14 at 10:46 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Howe was something else on the ice. No one would tangle with him. That’s one of the reasons he is the best hockey player. EVER.

Posted by bigfrog on 11/12/14 at 11:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Howe was something else on the ice. No one would tangle with him. That’s one of the reasons he is the best hockey player. EVER.

Posted by bigfrog on 11/12/14 at 10:10 PM ET

Now, you’re making me jealous.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 11/12/14 at 11:42 PM ET

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What a hero Gordie was for sucker-elbowing someone who was already tangled up in scrum.

Posted by Garth on 11/13/14 at 10:17 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

What a fuxkimg professional *#$%@& you are Garth.

He’s not wrong. Gordie is awesome and a legend. But part of that legend was his mean elbows. Exactly the kind of things we all decry today. How many players like Matt Cooke, Patrick Kaleta, and more skilled cheapshot artists like Shea Weber and Correy Perry do we all argue should get heavier fines and suspensions for exactly that kind of crap?

It was a different era back then and those sorts of things (and worse) were common place and accepted, fine. That doesn’t make them any less dangerous to the people getting hit. But like Crosby punching a guy in the nutsack from behind while he’s tied up with another player, there’s no more valor in this incident simply because Mr. Hockey did it.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 11/13/14 at 08:18 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Nate A, agree somewhat but different era and the game was played that way.

Don’t recall Howe ever taking a run at someone but if it was, it was a retaliation hit from something done in the past.

The helmet and the pads have changed the way the game is played as we know it today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/13/14 at 08:22 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Don’t recall Howe ever taking a run at someone but if it was, it was a retaliation hit from something done in the past.


Correct. With 6 teams playing each other 14 times during the season, Howe would wait a few games sometimes to “Even Things Up”. wink

Posted by bigfrog on 11/13/14 at 11:03 PM ET

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