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Murray Howe tells Wakiji that fan turnout with ‘incredible to see’

From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

Howe's family members were happy to greet each and every fan who came to pay their respects Tuesday, even though that meant a day that lingered past the 12-hour mark.

Murray Howe, the chairman of Toledo Hospital's radiology department, said the turnout, estimated at more than 15,000 fans, was even more than he expected.

"It's mind-blowing," Murray Howe said. "I am just so humbled by the incredible show of love and support. It's unfathomable and I know that my dad is watching from above and saying, 'Wow, I didn't know I was that loved.' It's just really amazing to see.

"I guess it doesn't surprise me just thinking of who the fans are in Detroit and just how much they love hockey and love my dad. I guess I'm not so surprised because I just know how much they love him. But it's wonderful to see. It's incredible to see."

Growing up, Murray Howe said he had a front-row seat watching his father's love affair with Red Wings fans.

"My whole life has been a Cinderella story of being able to watch my dad make people's day," Murray Howe said. "It's just been incredible."

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Sharp, Niyo: 15,000 pay tribute to a matinee idol who exceeded his reputation

The legion of stories regarding Gordie Howe could take days to peruse, and they may very well be days well-spent as the luminaries of the hockey world came to Joe Louis Arena to pay respect to Mr. Hockey. I'm struck by the ways in which both fans and peers alike were touched so very deeply by Howe's combination of brute force on the ice and nothing less than profound kindness.

The Free Press's Drew Sharp did a fine job of capturing the scene at the Joe today:

It was around 12:30 p.m. and Wings general manager Ken Holland took a peek from behind the curtain. The bier carrying the remains of Mr. Hockey rested only a few feet away from him. Holland marveled at how the procession of mourners hadn’t dissipated since he first arrived a little before 9 a.m.

“Look at them,” Holland said, pointing to the crowd. “How many of those people never saw Gordie play one time? Not one time because they’re not old enough. But there was a strong connection because they know that he was not only a great ambassador for the Detroit Red Wings, but for the sport of hockey overall.”

Holland knew all too well how some people changed their normally busy daily schedules so that they could squeeze enough time to pay homage to their hockey hero. His wife’s doctor told her Monday that he was rescheduling his Tuesday morning appointments so that he could wait in line to pay his respects.

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Gordie Howe’s funeral mass will be streamed in the U.S. and Canada

From MLive's Brendan Savage:

Fox Sports Detroit and DetroitRedWings.com will both carry a live feed of [Wednesday's] service from the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

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.

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Tweets and stories from the Gordie Howe visitation, part 3

Updated 8x at 10:57 PM: As the Gordie Howe memorial visitation winds down at Joe Louis Arena...

Fox Sports Detroit's "The 313" shared a video in which Mickey Redmond recalled a lesson learned from Gordie as well:

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Gordie Howe And The Kids

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.

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NHL.com’s Stubbs captures the spirit of a spirtual thing

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.

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Lavoie: Wings re-sign Lashoff to 2-way deal

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.

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Gretzky believes that the NHL should retire #9

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...

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More Tweets and stories from the Gordie Howe visitation at Joe Louis Arena

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:

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McKenzie reiterates Wings trade talking points

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.

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