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Paying Respect To Gordie Howe

from Neal E. Boudette of the New York Times,

They came by the thousands to honor Gordie Howe, but this time they did it with silence instead of cheers.

Four days after Howe died at 88, hockey fans streamed somberly into a darkened Joe Louis Arena to say goodbye to Mr. Hockey, the prolific goal-scorer who played here for a quarter-century, made the Detroit Red Wings a dynasty in the 1950s and is considered by many to be the greatest player hockey has ever known.

Red Wings faithful waited an hour or more to reach the arena floor, where they proceeded down a red carpet to Howe’s brown, closed coffin, which was topped and flanked by large arrangements of roses — red, of course....

“I just keep losing it,” said Paul Bigler, 54, tears streaming down his cheeks, a white Howe jersey hanging from his burly frame. He said he grew up watching Howe and attending Red Wings games with his father.

Now living in Knoxville, Tenn., Bigler drove 10 hours to pay his last respects to his idol.

“He was just the epitome of what every kid wanted to be,” Bigler said.

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Dave Stubbs ‏@Dave_Stubbs 2h2 hours ago
Gretzky has been at Joe Louis Arena for the entire 12-hour visitation of Gordie. There was nothing that would get him out of the building

Posted by lakeside mall on 06/14/16 at 10:14 PM ET

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