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Petition circulating to place Gordie Howe on NHL 17’s cover

According to Pro Hockey Talk's Joey Alfieri, a gentleman named Brandon Dalton has created a petition to have Gordie Howe grace the cover of EA Sports' NHL 17 instead of Vladimir Tarasenko. The petition is several hundred signatures short of the 5,000 signature goal.

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Howe funeral mass expected to be jam-packed with Mr. Hockey’s peers, luminaries

As an FYI for those of you planning to attend Gordie Howe's funeral mass at Detroit's Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, from the Catholic News Service's Mike Stechschulte:

Cathedral staff had no way of predicting how many people would attend the Mass, which was open to the public. The church seats only about 900 people.

About 500 family members and dignitaries — including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, members of the team-owning Ilitch family and Red Wings past and present, not to mention other NHL greats such as Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr — were expected to attend. Mech said television stations and media outlets from across North America will cover the Mass.

In anticipation of overflow crowds, a sound system was set up outside for those unable to get into the cathedral. Police were to close Woodward Avenue outside the cathedral during the Mass.

“We have a ton of security all around for lots of different reasons,” [Father J.J.] Mech said.

Mr. Howe, who scored 801 career goals — second only to Gretzky in that department — is about as close to Detroit royalty as anyone, Mech noted.

“No doubt, we are truly Hockeytown. That’s our name, and you can’t think about that without thinking about Gordie Howe,” he said. “With such a class act that he has been, we are proud to have him — even though he’s Canadian — as our second son.”


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Gordie Howe visitation begins at Joe Louis Arena

Updated 13x at 12:54 PM: The Red Wings are live-streaming the Gordie Howe memorial ceremony...

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Monday night Gordie Howe stories: preparing for Tuesday’s memorial

The Red Wings will stream the Gordie Howe memorial tomorrow from 9 AM to 9 PM EDT, and again, they're encouraging fans to pay their respects at said memorial as seating for the church service on Wednesday will be extremely limited.

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Video- What Gordie Howe Meant To Detroit

via Sportsnet,

Ahead of visitations on Tuesday and the funeral for Gordie Howe on Wednesday, John Shannon tells Kyle Bukauskas what Mr. Hockey meant for the city of Detroit.


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Seating Will Be Very Limited For Gordie Howe’s Funeral

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings would like to encourage fans wishing to pay their respects to Gordie Howe to attend the public visitation held at Joe Louis on Tuesday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., due to limited public seating available during the funeral service on Wednesday. A significant part of the cathedral’s seating on Wednesday morning will be reserved for friends and family of the Howe Family, as well as other hockey dignitaries attending the service.

“Gordie always had a special connection with the fans, so it was important to us to allow the public into the funeral service because it’s the way he would have done it,” said Mark Howe. “However, we have heard from many friends, former teammates, NHL personnel and other prominent figures in the hockey world who will be attending the service to pay tribute, so we would like to urge fans to attend Tuesday’s public visitation to ensure all looking to pay their final respects will be able to do so.”

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NHL.com’s Stubbs: Red Wings will stream Gordie Howe visitation on Tuesday


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Dallas Stars announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer

Terrible news for an extended member of the Red Wings family, from the Dallas Stars:

Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer. Out of respect for Dave and his family, the specifics of his illness and treatment will not be disclosed.

Dallas Stars President and CEO, Jim Lites

"The Dallas Stars are deeply saddened to learn of Dave Strader's cancer diagnosis. As he goes through his treatment, all of our thoughts and prayers are directed to Dave, his wife Colleen, their son Christopher and his wife Karen and daughter Sydney, their son Casey and his wife Dr. Mary, and their son Trevor. We wish Dave a full recovery and will support him through his battle.

"Dave's work in both local markets and on the national stage have made his voice synonymous with hockey to fans all over the globe in his 36 years in the booth. We know that he's touched a lot of people throughout his career thus far and those wanting to send well-wishes are encouraged to send Dave a note at WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com."

Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer, Dave Strader

"I realize I have a challenge and fight ahead of me. With my wife Colleen and our family, along with the full support of the Dallas Stars organization, we are ready to meet this challenge. We don't have to look very far for inspiration as Bekki Nill has shown us all how to meet this dreaded disease head-on. Personally, her example will serve as a great guide. I want to thank everyone for their support as I proceed with treatment."

The Dallas Stars respect Dave's request for privacy regarding his condition at this time, and will provide further updates on his status when they are available.

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Afternoon news: Preparing for Mr. Hockey’s funeral; on Little Caesars Arena, Cup odds, etc.

Updated 3x at 2:32 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. NHL.com's Dave Stubbs is in Detroit as the Wings prepare for Mr. Hockey's visitation tomorrow:

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Blashill remembers Ron Mason

Former Michigan State University coach Ron Mason passed away last night at 76 years of age, and Wings coach Jeff Blashill shared memories of Mason with the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Blashill remembered a man brimming with passion. "As I got into coaching, I had the opportunity to sit in a room with him. I was in awe. He was a living legend at the time, a college hockey icon."

Blashill, 42, recalled talking to Mason a couple of summers ago in Traverse City. "He had unbelievable energy and passion every time he spoke to you -- whether it was about hockey or about fishing. He was a very inspiring person."

Back when the Central Collegiate Hockey Association used to hold annual meetings in Naples, Fla., head coaches and assistant coaches from around the conference would have informal gatherings.

"Coach Mason, he'd stand up when he talked, and he had control of the room," Blashill said. "It was a neat and cool thing to sit and listen to him. He really loved coaching, and it was infectious."

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