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by Paul on 11/07/07 at 12:28 AM ET
Since Joe Pelletier asked, here are my memories of Gordie Howe…
Almost 44 years ago to the day (November 10th), I was there.
I witnessed Gordie Howe break the goal scoring record when he ripped a wrister against Montreal goaltender Charlie Hodge for goal #545. The old Olympia shook from the foundations, a standing-O for what seemed like an eternity, it would build, die down a bit, then build once again.
I cried, why, because I too was relieved of the pressure Gordie was feeling. He had gone scoreless for about six games and even his shoulders were starting to feel the burden.
I remember looking up in the rafters before the game, the Wings had tons of balloons up there, hoping to release them onto the ice if Gordie scored. Well, released they did, but about half of them had deflated, and they rained down on the ice like a wounded duck. It didn’t matter, fans started tossing anything they could, cups, hats, food, even a few pairs of shoes.
I shudder whenever I think of that day so let’s take a stroll down memory lane…
The first video, make sure to stop it at the 55 second mark, one of the rare pictures taken after Gordie had his way with Lou Fontinato of the NY Rangers. Shortly after the 55 second mark, you will see Gordie’s record breaking goal.
The second vid, well actually a recording, just go back in time a bit and listen…
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