BREAKING: Gordie Howe Passes At 88

By Phil Cantor
Jun. 10, 2016

Yeah, This Sucks...

((HT: Sportsnet/CBC News))

For the record, the HQ doesn't want to know who the third sports figure will be as NHL legend passed at the age of 88 in Ohio early Friday morning. Here's the early thoughts of the big names in the league on one of the best ever...

And the breaker out of Detroit... thanks to our friends at WXYZ-TV...

Story time with the HQ now:

We'll take you back to the time in and around the 33rd Roman Numeral Classic in Miami when the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos were going at it. We had it planned out that we would spend time at the NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa beforehand, drive across Alligator Alley and pick up our TV partners late Sunday night. This was before the Atlanta Thrashers were coming on line and we made the point to spend most of our time getting interviews about the return of the NHL to town asking anyone what they thought about the process.

Part of the weekend back then was a "Legends" game that included TV personalities and legends of the sport- one of them was Gordie Howe who, at the age of 71, still looked like he could kick someone's ass if asked. Part of our hook to interviewing the legends around was to pull out an old hockey card of the player out of our personal collection and ask what came to mind. The HQ had a 1970 card and asked Howe. He gave a cool answer and the interview was over...

"Do you want me to sign that for you...?"

The HQ had to decline- not doubting that Howe would vouch for us and not get us kicked out of the weekend. The back of a press credential forbids autographs, so we had to politely decline. And, yes, we have kicked ourselves for almost two decades now. 

But for someone who played until he was 51 years old and was STILL a half-a-point player then. But he was MORE than a point-per-game player in his LATE 40's. No one does that... Well, except for one guy...

Rest well, Mr. Hockey... Rest well...

And, thanks...

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