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From MLive's Brendan Savage:
TSN and Sportsnet will air the mass in Canada as well.
The funeral begins at 11 a.m. and although it's open to the public, seating is expected to be extremely limited given all the dignitaries in town.
Among those expected to be in attendance are Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, Scotty Bowman, Al Kaline and several current Red Wings players as well as general manager Ken Holland and coach Jeff Blashill.
Anyone who can't get into the funeral but wants to be downtown can listen to the service outside as speakers will be set up near the church.
Updated 8x at 10:57 PM: As the Gordie Howe memorial visitation winds down at Joe Louis Arena...
- It appears that Fox Sports Detroit will stream the mass remembering Howe tomorrow at 11 AM Wednesday, as will TSN and Sportsnet;
- MLive's Brendan Savage noted that fans and luminaries alike have paid tribute to Howe today, and he spoke with Jeff Blashill about Howe's legacy as a player and person;
- The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa also spoke about the fans and living legends paying tribute to Howe;
- CBS Detroit posted a beautiful gallery from today's event;
- Sportsnet's Dan Robson told stories from Howe's family, and Sportsnets Brett Popplewell penned a long feature about Howes tenure in the WHA and NHL with Houston and Hartford;
- The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness told both touching and sad stories about Howe in his story about the day's memorial;
- ESPN's Craig Custance penned a lovely column about "Gordie Howe's people";
- The Blackburn News's Maureen Revait weighed in with an article and photo gallery;
- The Associated Press's Larry Lage surveyed the scene;
- DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a superb article speaking with Al Kaline and Steve Yzerman about Howe--while taking note of the many visitors to the Joe--and Roose spoke with fans regarding their hero;
- WXYZ Channel 7, WDIV Local 4 and WJBK Fox 2 filed video reports from the event:
Fox Sports Detroit's "The 313" shared a video in which Mickey Redmond recalled a lesson learned from Gordie as well:
from Dan Robson of Sportsnet,
Two young girls ran in carefree circles in front of a statue of an icon, jostling and jumping, giggling and laughing. The man immortalized in bronze behind them would have loved the scene.
In life, Gordie Howe adored them both. Few things brought Mr. Hockey as much joy as time he spent with family. Ella, four-and-a-half, and her two-and-a-half-year-old sister, Lahna, knew their great-grandfather’s love well. The Howe family gathered in recent weeks, knowing the end was near, preparing to say goodbye. One afternoon when Gordie woke up from a long nap in his recliner in the family room, he spent two hours ignoring the adults in the room while making playful faces with the sisters.
On a day of both mourning and celebration—as thousands of fans lined up to pay their final respects to one of the greatest hockey players ever—Gordie Howe’s family lovingly remembered the kind patriarch they called Peepaw.
Standing next to the statue of her grandfather in the concourse at Joe Louis arena, Azia Saubers (mother of Ella and Lahna) didn’t think of hockey—instead, she recalled visiting him at his place in Siesta Key, Florida, with her cousins. Each time the grandchildren made the trek, Howe took them down to the beach to collect seashells for hours.
NHL.com's Dave Stubbs penned a fantastic column capturing the atmosphere and spirit of Gordie Howe's memorial visitation at Joe Louis Arena:
The pallbearers and family members met the people who came seemingly forever, shaking hands, offering consolation to those who had come to do the consoling yet were overcome by grief when they reached the front of the line.
A half-hour before family and their most special guests met near a hearse that pulled into Joe Louis Arena, Marty Howe considered the day ahead, and the Wednesday funeral that likely would be a crowbar in the chest of the Howe family.
And then he smiled. His mischievous father, he said, sometimes would go into someone's house and autograph something, just for the fun of it.
The Howes, Mark would say in the receiving line, knew the adrenaline would stop flowing later this week, when the tributes were done and a funeral had been held. He expected that might be the hardest thing.
For now, Mark and his family and many special guests were buoyed by the love, so much love, washing over a father, grandfather, teammate, opponent, friend and legend.
Three sons and their fellow pallbearers never will forget that they took the great Gordie Howe on his final walk through a building that, on this day, was not a hockey arena but rather a house of worship.
Via Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford, this is a depth signing:
Lashoff is something of a defensive stalwart in Grand Rapids, and he can provide depth for the Wings. He'll start the year in the AHL and we'll see where it goes.
From ESPN's Michael Rothstein:
Wayne Gretzky doesn't have much say over these matters, but the man known as The Great One said Tuesday he would like to see Gordie Howe's No. 9 retired by the NHL in honor of his idol, Howe, who died Friday at age 88.
Gretzky's number, No. 99, is retired throughout the league. Gretzky wore No. 99 in honor of Howe.
"I'm pretty biased," Gretzky said during the public visitation for Howe at Joe Louis Arena. "If I had my way, I would do it. But that's for the league. I'm not involved with the league right now. But listen, whatever they choose to do is going to be very special because Gordie deserves something really special and unique.
"I don't think anybody helped promote, support the game, the sport or our country better than Gordie Howe. He was proud to be a Canadian, proud to be from Saskatchewan. And I don't think the NHL is going to overlook the fact of how important he was to the game so I'm sure they are going to do something real special for him."
Continued, and if you think about Howe, Bobby Hull, Maurice Richard and all the other special players who wore #9, it's not such a crazy idea...
Updated 15x at 3:50 PM: The first Gordie Howe memorial post is full and unable to hold any more content, so here's a second entry regarding the Tweets and stories from today's memorial service:
Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols reports that TSN's Bob McKenzie gave a summary of the NHL's trade front while on Vancouver's TSN 1040 this morning, and here's what McKenzie had to say about the Red Wings (via RedWingsFeed):
“The Detroit Red Wings, I think, want to make some big moves. They want to move Datsyuk’s contract. They’d probably love to give up a guy like Jurco or Pulkkinen in order to facilitate that. But I think they want to try and clear the decks, and if Steven Stamkos becomes available, I think they might be inclined to be a player on that front.
I've been updating the Gordie Howe visitation post with lots of Tweets and articles regarding Mr. Hockey, but these Twitter videos from the Red Wings merit their own post:
Luke Glendening took part in the Meijer LPGA Classic's pro-am on Tuesday morning, and afterward, he spoke with the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner about the Wings' early playoff exit and their goals for the upcoming season:
Luke Glendening thought the Detroit Red Wings did a good job last season in the transition to a new coach, was pleased the team made the playoffs for a 25th consecutive year, but he also left no doubt what's ahead.
"We had a lot of transition, but we had a lot of the same players," said the fourth-year center. "Obviously, the leadership in Detroit is great. But we all have to get better."
At this time of year, there is uncertainly on who will play where and in what role along with free agent rumors, trade talks and what Pavel Datsyuk plans are for the future. But Glendening, who was at the Meijer LPA Classic for Simply Give at Egypt Valley Country Club on Tuesday, said he blocks that out and concentrates on getting better.
"There's speculation about trades and what Pav's going to do and all that," he said. "But at the end of the day, the guys that are there, we have to get better and we have to perform better."
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