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by George Malik on 04/13/13 at 03:37 AM ET
Very quietly, Gordie Howe keeps on keepin' on. While he didn't speak at the event, Howe was in Calgary, Alberta to be feted for his 85th birthday before the first of three "Pro-Am" tournaments held in his name begins in Calgary today.
The Pro-Am kicks off a pair of pro-vs.-amateur events in Alberta, with the second slated to take place in Edmondon. Both will benefit the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories, and in May, a Scotiabank-sponsored Pro-Am in Toronto will raise funds for the Baycrest Institute's The Gordie & Colleen Howe Fund for Alzheimer’s.
They came to praise the man … and make numerous jokes about his flying elbows. But there’s no denying the great respect his fellow hockey players, young and old, have for Gordie Howe.
A number of NHL legends and Hall of Famers were on hand at the Westin Hotel on Friday to help celebrate Mr. Hockey’s 85th birthday, in conjunction with the kick-off event for the 2013 Pro-Am Face Off for Alzheimer’s tournament being held this weekend in Calgary.
“I think he was so natural and smooth and he could dominate the game,’’ noted Frank Mahovlich. “He always performed, no matter what day it was, Gordie always gave his best.’’
[Alex] Delvecchio, a Red Wing for his entire 24-year career, recalls his opportunity to play on a line with Howe.
“He was with the so-called Production Line (Sid Abel, Howe and Ted Lindsay) the first couple of years I was with the Red Wings. I said to myself, I have to be a better hockey player, learn how to pass, so I worked on it,’’ the 81-year-old Hall of Famer explained. “And then, when I did get to play with him, on the same line, we talked to each other and it meant so much to me. And that’s the type of guy he is. He was the leader and that’s the main thing. He was the one.’’
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