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Memoir of Gordie Howe, who turns 86 today, to be released in October

Especially in light of the Free Press's Helene St. James' report about Gordie Howe's battles with worsening dementia as he turns 86 today, this press release seems particularly well-timed:

Hockey great Gordie Howe has a book deal.

G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Monday that Howe's memoir, "Mr. Hockey," will come out Oct. 14. The publisher says the book will be "the definitive account" of Howe's life, starting with his birth in a farmhouse in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and delving into his extraordinary five-decade career.

The 85-year-old Howe was a six-time winner of the Hart Trophy for the league's most valuable player and played on four championship teams with the Detroit Red Wings.

Putnam is an imprint of Penguin Random House. Last year it released Bobby Orr's memoir.

Update: the Globe and Mail posted more about the memoir-in-progress:

“I have been lucky”, Gordie Howe said. “I got to do something I loved for more than my fair share of years. But no accomplishment is about just one person – no championship, no statistic, and certainly not a whole career. It’s a pleasure to tell my story with this book, and especially to include the people who have meant so much to me along the way.”

Gordie Howe, whose career spanned six decades, four Stanley Cups, 1,850 points (third in NHL history), and countless records that still stand more than 30 years after he retired.

“It’s a pretty big deal for our family,” Gordie’s son Marty said over the weekend. “The timing was right. You find the older you get the more important it is to remember all the things that happened to you. The years start passing by pretty quick and you realize it is just time to tell the story the way it deserves to be told.”

Will there be any big reveals about the tough player with a phenomenal scoring touch?

“You’ll learn that when you read the book,” Marty Howe said with a chuckle. “It’s going to be a good one. We’re going to do this right.”

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