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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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Primis's avatar

Amazing article.  Thanks Paul.

Posted by Primis on 06/14/16 at 07:00 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Very touching article. Thanks Paul.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 06/14/16 at 10:20 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Indeed a terrific find, Boss.  Muchas gracias.

Posted by SYF from a deja vu of the 85-86 season on 06/14/16 at 10:33 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Nice story, indeed.

I’ll definitely think of big number 9 next time I visit Siesta Keys and walk towards that south part of the beach

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/15/16 at 09:40 AM ET

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