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by George Malik on 12/22/13 at 05:30 AM ET
Wings fans have a pair of excerpts from Darren McCarty's memoir, My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star as the Free Press posted McCarty's tale about killing time almost resulting in Steve Yzerman falling to his demise from a Phoenix hotel room due to a wrestling match and his vivid recounting of the Brawl in Hockeytown (which the Hockey News also printed on Friday) to USA Today's Kevin Allen, who co-wrote the book.
Today, the Free Press offers an excerpt from Mark Howe's memoir (co-written by Jay Greenberg), titled, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life Lived in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey.
It's really a fantastic, wide-reaching introduction to the current director of Detroit's pro scouting's life as a very middle-class son growing up with an ever-present but lightweight shadow cast upon Mark and his brothers Marty and Murray.
Of course, the most essential hockey lesson Marty and I had to learn was how to cope with being the sons of the greatest player on earth. Even from a ridiculously early age, I would hear fans yelling, “You’re not as good as your father,” to which Marty sometimes would yell back, “Who is?” Pretty good answer. But as our teams, in search of better competition, would go to Canada to play games, there would be a lot more — and tougher — trash talk.
When our club became the first from the U.S. to enter the annual pee wee tournament in Quebec City, there were around 14,000 people at Le Colisée. All eyes were upon Gordie Howe’s 8- and 9-year-old sons, me on left wing, Marty on defense. Pretty intimidating. If, as we grew older, Marty ever fought any jealousy about me, the little brother becoming the better player in people’s eyes, I don’t think we ever discussed it. We spent most of our time talking about dealing with being Gordie Howe’s kids. And the best advice on that came from our mom.
“You have to learn to let it go in one ear and out the other,” she said. “It is what it is, learn to accept it. Maybe there’s a negative side with all the attention you get. But let me make a list of all the positive things, like being able to go down to the Olympia and skate for six to eight hours. You can say, ‘I’m Gordie Howe’s son,’ and go anyplace in that building you want.”
Give the rest a good fifteen minutes. It's great stuff.
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