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St. James posts Gordie Howe memorial plans

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

St. James confirms in text form, via RedWingsFeed:

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Morning Gordie Howe news and general stuff as well

Of Gordie Howe-related note this morning:

  • Fox Sports Detroit is re-playing its Gordie Howe special:
  • FYI:

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The handshake

This is one person's remembrance of Gordie Howe. It's not meant to be much more than an invitation to share your remembrances of and stories regarding Mr. Hockey.

I never needed a Google News Alert for Gordie Howe. Half the town of Saskatoon is named after him, and the truth of the matter is that everyone's Gordie Howe story is a variation of the same one:

Inevitably, someone would meet Gordie Howe somewhere around Metro Detroit. For the greatest player of all time, Gordie was like any Red Wings player or alumnus--he was most easily spotted in the grocery store, at the mall, at church, in a restaurant, at the Joe, at an autograph-signing--and regardless of the circumstances, Howe would greet whoever meet him with humility and humor, he'd give an elbow or a jab, relate a story from his legendary playing career, and the gob-smacked kid (or adult) would emerge with a perfectly-penned autograph and a memory for life, sometimes repeatedly.

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Gordie Howe link compilation 2

Here's a second round of media regarding Gordie Howe's passing, on a source-by-source basis:

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Statement from the President regarding Gordie Howe

From the White House:

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2016

Statement from the President on the Passing of Gordie Howe

The list of hockey players who suited up in six different decades, including returning to the ice after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, is a short one: it starts and ends with Gordie Howe.  But the list of kids who skated around the pond until dark, picturing themselves passing, scoring, and enforcing like Howe, dreaming of hoisting the Stanley Cup like him – that one comprises too many to count.  Howe’s productivity, perseverance, and humility personified his adopted hometown of Detroit, to which he brought four championships and which he represented as an All-Star more than 20 times.  The greatest players define their game for a generation; over more than half a century on the ice, Mr. Hockey defined it for a lifetime.  Michelle and I send our condolences to his sons and daughter, his family, and his loyal fans from Hockeytown to Hartford to Houston and across North America.

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Ted Lindsay on Gordie Howe

From the Ted Lindsay Foundation:

"The hockey world has lost Gordie Howe, the greatest all around hockey player that has ever played. It's been a sad week in professional sports as we have lost two of the greatest athletes in their respective sports, Gordie Howe and Muhammad Ali"-Ted Lindsay

Here's more from Lindsay from the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

The news of Gordie Howe’s death only compounded what was already shaping to be a dreary day for Ted Lindsay.

Lindsay was spending most of the day Friday at the hospital with his wife Joanne, who was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Lindsay, 90, was in the waiting room for an update on his wife.

“I’m a believer,” Lindsay said. “My wife, that’s who I’m thinking about.”

But Lindsay also had a moment to reminisce about his former teammate Howe, who died Friday morning at the age of 88.

The last time Lindsay really talked to Howe, said Linday, was about three years ago. And there’s a reason when Lindsay says that.

“The last few years, that wasn’t Gordie, that wasn’t him,” said Lindsay, of Howe’s dementia. “It was about three years ago when I remember talking to him. It was Gordie.”

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‘Roughly Translated’: “I think it will be some time before we understand how big this loss truly is”

Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg spoke with Aftonbladet's Per Bjurman regarding the passing of Gordie Howe. What follows is roughly translated:

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Steve Yzerman on Gordie Howe’s passing

From the Tampa Bay Lightning:

STEVE YZERMAN STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF GORDIE HOWE

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning vice president & general manager, and former Detroit Red Wing, Steve Yzerman issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe.

"It was very saddening to hear the news of Gordie's passing this morning. He has been an icon not only in Detroit, but throughout the entire hockey world for as long as I can remember. As one of the greatest players to ever play in the NHL, the majority of his career being in Detroit, it was an honor to wear the same uniform, spend time with, laugh, joke and seek advice from him. Gordie's humility and kindness left a permanent impression on me, greatly influencing how I tried to conduct myself throughout my career.

“His impact on the Red Wings organization is still evident today. I travel the world and constantly hear stories from people who love the Wings and share memories of the glory days when Gordie and his teammates ruled the NHL. For all players fortunate enough to play for the Wings, we should take time to thank and honor Gordie, for he is a significant reason why Detroit is such a special place to play.

“To Gordie's surviving family, I offer my sincere condolences, in particular to his son Mark, my former teammate and colleague, who cannot help but remind me of his father every time I see him."

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Five video features remembering Mr. Hockey

The Red Wings posted a video tribute to Mr. Hockey...

As did TSN (via Robert Soderlind)...

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Statement from the Howe family

From the Red Wings:

STATEMENT FROM THE HOWE FAMILY

Hockey legend Gordie Howe, age 88, passed away peacefully this morning with his family by his side. The Howe family would like to thank friends and fans for their love and support. Gordie had a special connection with Red Wings fans and was always touched by their commitment. We are celebrating the life of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all. Arrangements will be announced once they are finalized.

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