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by George Malik on 04/25/13 at 04:30 PM ET
Mr. Hockey: the Gordie Howe Story will air on the CBC this Sunday at 8 PM EDT, and will air on the Hallmark Channel on Sunday, May 4th at 9 PM (before going straight-to-DVD on Tuesday, May 11th). Ahead of the film's debut, the actor playing Gordie Howe, Michael Shanks, has made the rounds discussing his role in the film, but as the movie's premiere approaches, the Canadian Press's Victoria Ahearn notes that the movie's about the partnership between Mr. and Mrs. Hockey as much as it is about the elder Howe's time spent playing for the Houston Aeros aside his sons, Mark and Marty:
"Gordie was this giant on the ice and this giant figure in the hockey world but he'd spent so much of his life devoted to that, that I think even in their later years without her he was kind of lost because she handled everything else," Vancouver actor Michael Shanks, who plays Howe in the film, said in a telephone interview.That's one of the reasons the movie is dedicated to her. It demonstrates this unsung hero, Mrs. Hockey, who was really where everything flowed back into."
"She was doing things that women just didn't do at that time," said Hamilton-born "Beverly Hills 90210" star Kathleen Robertson, who plays Colleen. "She was very involved and very influential in all the business dealings of what it was to be Gordie Howe in that time period. She was very protective of her sons, she basically negotiated their deals, she was their manager and she was really smart and really tough."
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