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St. James speaks with Murray Howe about his dad’s condition, daily life

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Gordie Howe turns 88 on Thursday, and though dementia has left him a man of few words, he exudes joy from what always mattered most to him — family, hockey, children.

Howe is doing so well, in fact, his family plans to bring him to Joe Louis Arena on Monday night to see the Detroit Red Wings play the Buffalo Sabres. Howe practically is synonymous with the Wings: He played for them in 1946-71, leading them to Stanley Cup championships in 1950, ’52, ’54 and ’55. A statue of him graces the concourse at the Joe.

Murray Howe, the youngest son of Gordie and Colleen Howe, will be driving his father to Detroit from their home near Toledo. Mark Howe, the director of pro scouting for the Wings, also plans to be at the game to help his dad celebrate his birthday early.

Murray Howe, a radiologist at Toledo Hospital, spoke to the Free Press on Saturday about Gordie, providing a peek into a typical day in the life of Mr. Hockey.

“He wakes up around 9 or 10 a.m. and has breakfast,” Murray said. “After that he conks out until around noon, then he has a big lunch. Then he conks out again, till around 3 in the afternoon. Then he’ll be up for the day, and we’ll start doing the rounds. Bedtime is around 8:30 most nights.”


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RWBill's avatar

“The sons plan to take their dad into the Wings’ dressing room to say hello to the current players and coaching staff. “

If that doesn’t shame them into not embarrassing themselves on the ice there is no hope for this group.

Posted by RWBill on 03/27/16 at 10:13 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Happy Birthday big guy. cool smile

Posted by bigfrog on 03/27/16 at 03:51 PM ET

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