Many of you know Gordie Howe is the only idol I have had. No other athletes, no public figures. no one in Hollywood. Just Gordie.
As a kid I must have collected his autograph over 300 times, so much so he knew my first name and kidded with me on numerous occasions.
Thursday night Alex Ovechkin met Mark Howe, son of Gordie and a Hockey Hall of Fame member himself, for the first time.
Ovechkin showed respect with a little head bow towards Mark Howe, who showed his respect with a few shoulder and arm taps.
Those little gestures settled my soul and now I too can wish Alex Ovechkin all the best as he chases down the number two goal scorer in history. But until Ovechkin gives me an elbow to the ribs or takes my pen for the 10th time, Gordie Howe remains alone at the top of my pedestal.