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Statement from the President regarding Gordie Howe

From the White House:

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

June 10, 2016

Statement from the President on the Passing of Gordie Howe

The list of hockey players who suited up in six different decades, including returning to the ice after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, is a short one: it starts and ends with Gordie Howe.  But the list of kids who skated around the pond until dark, picturing themselves passing, scoring, and enforcing like Howe, dreaming of hoisting the Stanley Cup like him – that one comprises too many to count.  Howe’s productivity, perseverance, and humility personified his adopted hometown of Detroit, to which he brought four championships and which he represented as an All-Star more than 20 times.  The greatest players define their game for a generation; over more than half a century on the ice, Mr. Hockey defined it for a lifetime.  Michelle and I send our condolences to his sons and daughter, his family, and his loyal fans from Hockeytown to Hartford to Houston and across North America.

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Ted Lindsay on Gordie Howe

From the Ted Lindsay Foundation:

"The hockey world has lost Gordie Howe, the greatest all around hockey player that has ever played. It's been a sad week in professional sports as we have lost two of the greatest athletes in their respective sports, Gordie Howe and Muhammad Ali"-Ted Lindsay

Here's more from Lindsay from the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

The news of Gordie Howe’s death only compounded what was already shaping to be a dreary day for Ted Lindsay.

Lindsay was spending most of the day Friday at the hospital with his wife Joanne, who was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Lindsay, 90, was in the waiting room for an update on his wife.

“I’m a believer,” Lindsay said. “My wife, that’s who I’m thinking about.”

But Lindsay also had a moment to reminisce about his former teammate Howe, who died Friday morning at the age of 88.

The last time Lindsay really talked to Howe, said Linday, was about three years ago. And there’s a reason when Lindsay says that.

“The last few years, that wasn’t Gordie, that wasn’t him,” said Lindsay, of Howe’s dementia. “It was about three years ago when I remember talking to him. It was Gordie.”

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‘Roughly Translated’: “I think it will be some time before we understand how big this loss truly is”

Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg spoke with Aftonbladet's Per Bjurman regarding the passing of Gordie Howe. What follows is roughly translated:

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Steve Yzerman on Gordie Howe’s passing

From the Tampa Bay Lightning:


TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning vice president & general manager, and former Detroit Red Wing, Steve Yzerman issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe.

"It was very saddening to hear the news of Gordie's passing this morning. He has been an icon not only in Detroit, but throughout the entire hockey world for as long as I can remember. As one of the greatest players to ever play in the NHL, the majority of his career being in Detroit, it was an honor to wear the same uniform, spend time with, laugh, joke and seek advice from him. Gordie's humility and kindness left a permanent impression on me, greatly influencing how I tried to conduct myself throughout my career.

“His impact on the Red Wings organization is still evident today. I travel the world and constantly hear stories from people who love the Wings and share memories of the glory days when Gordie and his teammates ruled the NHL. For all players fortunate enough to play for the Wings, we should take time to thank and honor Gordie, for he is a significant reason why Detroit is such a special place to play.

“To Gordie's surviving family, I offer my sincere condolences, in particular to his son Mark, my former teammate and colleague, who cannot help but remind me of his father every time I see him."

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Five video features remembering Mr. Hockey

The Red Wings posted a video tribute to Mr. Hockey...

As did TSN (via Robert Soderlind)...

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Statement from the Howe family

From the Red Wings:


Hockey legend Gordie Howe, age 88, passed away peacefully this morning with his family by his side. The Howe family would like to thank friends and fans for their love and support. Gordie had a special connection with Red Wings fans and was always touched by their commitment. We are celebrating the life of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all. Arrangements will be announced once they are finalized.

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Gordie skating with his sons

From the Vancouver Province's Ed Willes:

When the idea first came to Bill Dineen, there were any number of obstacles that should have discouraged the Houston Aeros’ coach and GM.

For starters, both sons were underaged and Mark, the younger of the two, had just turned 18. There was also the sales job to consider, both to the family and to the Aeros’ owners in Houston, because signing all three represented a huge investment for the second-year team in the upstart World Hockey Association. Finally, Gordie Howe had been retired for two seasons and he was already 45 for pity’s sake.

Add it up and the whole thing had the potential to be a catastrophe.

But Dineen knew one thing about his former teammate with the Red Wings, something that made him think this insane idea might just work. When he talked to Gordie about his two sons, he saw the old man light up like a Christmas tree. Dineen knew it was a risky venture but he also knew when Gordie made his mind up about something, there wasn’t a force on the planet that could stand in his way.

“I knew how Gordie felt about  it,” Dineen says. “I could see the look in his eyes around his two boys. I knew there was no way they were coming to Houston without him.”


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The NHL releases a statement on Gordie Howe’s passing

Updated with NHLPA and HHOF statements: From the NHL:


NEW YORK (June 10, 2016) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of hockey legend Gordie Howe:

“All hockey fans grieve the loss of the incomparable Gordie Howe.

“A remarkable athlete whose mastery of our sport was reflected by the longevity of his career and by his nickname, ‘Mr. Hockey,’ Gordie’s commitment to winning was matched only by his commitment to his teammates, to his friends, to the Red Wings, to the city of Detroit and – above all – to his family. His devotion to Colleen through her illness and the fact that he extended his playing days into a fifth decade so he could play with his sons are only two examples of that true priority in his life.

“Gordie’s greatness travels far beyond mere statistics; it echoes in the words of veneration spoken by countless players who joined him in the Hockey Hall of Fame and considered him their hero.

“Gordie’s toughness as a competitor on the ice was equaled only by his humor and humility away from it. No sport could have hoped for a greater, more-beloved ambassador.

“On behalf of the generations who were thrilled by his play and those who only know of his legend, and on behalf of all the young people and teammates he inspired, we send heartfelt wishes of condolence, comfort and strength to the Howe family and to all who mourn the passing of this treasured icon of our game.”

Update: Here's the NHLPA's statement:

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Gordie Howe link compilation

Updated 16x at 3:02 PM: Among today's tributes to Gordie Howe, on a source-by-source basis:

Closer to home...

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Red Wings confirm Gordie Howe’s passing

From the Detroit Red Wings:


DETROIT – It is with great sadness that the Detroit Red Wings mourn the loss of one of hockey’s all-time greats, Gordon (Gordie) Howe, who passed away today at the age of 88. The longest-tenured player in Red Wings’ history, Howe’s playing career spanned five decades and lasted 2,421 games until age 52, one of many factors that led to Gordie becoming known universally as “Mr. Hockey.” Gordie is survived by his four children, Marty, Mark, Cathy and Murray, and nine grandchildren.

“Today is a sad day for the Detroit Red Wings and the entire hockey world as together we mourn the loss of one of the greatest hockey players of all-time,” said Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.  “The Red Wings organization and the National Hockey League would not be what they are today without Gordie Howe.  There is no nickname more fitting for him than “Mr. Hockey.”  He embodied on and off the ice what it meant to be both a Red Wing and a Detroiter. He was tough, skilled, and consistently earned success at the highest level. His achievements are numerous and his accomplishments immeasurable.  It is truly a blessing to have had him both in our organization and our city for so many years.  He will be deeply missed.”

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