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Former Red Wings team physician recalls leaving players in stitches—literally

Via RedWingsFeed, long-time Red Wings team physician John Finley has released a book chronicling his remarkable 46-year tenure with the Wings, called Hockeytown Doc, a Half-Century of Red Wings Stories, from Howe to Yzerman, and the Birmingham Eccentric's Jay M. Grossman sat down with Finley recently to ask about some of his many memorable moments stitching up the toughest athletes around:

On Gordie Howe: “I remember getting a call from Gordie's wife — he was at practice and came home early with severe back pain. They lived in Lathrup Village at the time and I told her to take him to the hospital. It turned out he was trying to pass a kidney stone, which was bad news because it was in early March and we were fighting the New York Rangers for a playoff spot and there was an afternoon game the next day.

“As it turned out, we hospitalized him and he passed the stone during the night. The next morning he felt fine, but we wanted him to stay in bed for the next 24 hours. But Gordie insisted on playing. He signed himself out, left the hospital, went directly to the arena and scored a goal.”


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