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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
A look at the magical relationship between hockey icons Jean Béliveau and Gordie Howe. This was first published in the Montreal Gazette on April 1, 2007:
They were at Gordie Howe’s table on Thursday night from the lobster martini until well past le temple au chocolat, a queue that stretched for three hours and at least a few thousand calories.
It’s been like this for half a century. The admirers of the man called Mr. Hockey never leave his side, arriving for an autograph or to put a hand almost meekly on his famously sloped shoulder for a photo, tongue-tied in this moment of magic.
Make sure to click on the link to read more on Howe from Dale Tallon.
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
Latest update on Gordie Howe, from son Mark: "We're expecting to get Dad home, back in his own bed this aft if all continues to improve...
Mark Howe said his Dad is only taking liquids, speaking is difficult and he hasn't been able to walk for weeks now, but that what was...
...originally thought to be a 2nd major stroke was dehydration. Mark said his Dad and family making best of an obviously difficult situation
Mark Howe also noted the passing of Jean Beliveau: "It is a tremendous loss to all associated to the sport of hockey. A true legend...
...on the ice a definition of class to all that looked up to and admired him. I know Dad held Jean in the highest regard...
...Our condolences to his family from our family." That's Mark Howe on the passing of Jean Beliveau.
via the Detroit Red Wings,
During the afternoon of Monday, December 1, our father appeared to have suffered another severe stroke as he displayed diminished consciousness to his attending caregivers and physical therapy personnel for more than 30 minutes. EMS was called and he was immediately transported to UMC Hospital. An MRI was performed Tuesday afternoon which revealed the great news that he did not in fact have a second severe stoke. It was determined that he was suffering from dehydration and is currently being treated accordingly. He is having difficulty eating solid foods at this time, has slurred speech and has been unable to walk for more than three weeks now. All of these factors are contributing to his overall decline in health. His mental awareness has improved enough in the past 24 hours to where we expect him to be out of the hospital and in his own bed at home before the night is over.
The Howe family is also deeply saddened to hear of the passing of hockey legend Jean Beliveau. The hockey world has lost a man who epitomized professionalism, dignity and class. We extend our condolences and prayers to his family and friends.
from Aaron McMann of Mlive,
Sooner or later the goals against were going to catch up with them, and Tuesday night the Detroit Red Wings learned that the hard way.
Searching for its first five-game win streak in two seasons, Detroit instead looked slow and uninterested in its 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena. It was the seventh time this season the Red Wings (14-6-5-) have allowed opponents at least four goals, and the second in the last three games.
Far from the team's 2.74 goals against average.
"If we let in three goals a night it's not easy to win games," forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "You've got to score a lot of them yourself. Even tonight some of the goals shouldn't have happened. But it does, and it's something we've got to change."...
"We had our count around 20 turnovers," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "You have no chance. Mentally we weren't engaged. Whatever we did today wasn't the right thing."
The Red Wings' 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers was the perfect example of the Red Wings' style of trap game--a trap game where the Wings did the vast majority of the work arming the trap and then stepping blithely into it.
On a day that the team was unable to hold a morning skate, Detroit looked like when the power got plugged back in, somebody forgot to check for burnt-out fuses, and as a result, the Wings' lax, lackadaisical, inattentive, indecisive and plain old frustratingly sloppy effort wasted a fine performance by Jimmy Howard (who had no chance on 3 of the 4 goals he surrendered), an 11-shot performance by Henrik Zetterberg, 5 more by Pavel Datsyuk (out of the Wings' 41, Datsyuk and Zetterberg took 16), a 40-30 lead in faceoffs and...
Well, little else other than Tomas Jurco playing well.
I don't know what to make of these, so take them for what you will:
My mother worked in geriatric care for 25 of her 35 years of nursing. There are never any easy or simple answers as to when a family is trying to do "too much" or whether they need outside help--and there are nurses and attendants seeing Gordie every day--but it's very hard to witness what appears to be a family dealing with the loss of a second parent to complications from dementia by trying to be as stubborn as their father was about in-home care.
Via The Score's Chris Battaglia, the Tweets continued:
Here's the latest on Gordie Howe's health from the Associated Press...
Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe has suffered his third stroke since late October and was hospitalized early this week, his daughter said Tuesday. Cathy Purnell said her father suffered a "significant stroke" on Monday. Howe was stable and "a little bit alert" Tuesday morning, and doctors at a Lubbock hospital where he taken were scheduled to do additional tests, she said.
"He's a fighter," Purnell said. "The man is tough. He has this will to keep going, all things considered."
The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points, mostly with the Detroit Red Wings, records later broken by Wayne Gretzky.
Purnell said therapists who have been tending to Howe arrived at her house Monday morning and discovered him nonresponsive in bed. Howe remained that way until evening, when Purnell said he recognized family members once he became alert.
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
added 3:31pm, Game on!
Terrible news from the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Update: Here's St. James on Howe in article form:
Hockey legend Gordie Howe is in intensive care after suffering another stroke.
Son Mark Howe told the Free Press today that he is in en route back to Lubbock, Texas, where Gordie Howe has been staying with his daughter, Cathy, since late summer.
Gordie Howe, 86, suffers from dementia and has had a series of strokes since summer began. He had a severe one on Oct. 26, but recovered enough to gain some movement in his right side. On Monday, Mark Howe said, "he had a major stroke. In ICU."
He, brothers Murray and Marty were traveling to Texas to be with their father.
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