The newest edition of The Hockey News features a cover story feature on Gordie Howe. In his piece "Trading Elbows With Mr. Hockey," senior writer Ken Campbell catches up with the 78 year old living legend.
They talk about his many nagging health problems, but more about his strong wife's disheartening and all but lost battle with Pick's Disease.
Howe has dealt with the devastation by trying to live as normal of a life as possible, but he's had to piece back together his crumbled company Power Play International. The company flourished with his wife's vision, but it has been all but destroyed in a power struggle between his wife's hired professionals, and the sons Mark Howe and Marty Howe.
With all matters Howe, family always wins out, and the sons seem to have righted the ship. Gordie is out making more personal appearances than usual of late. He's out talking to the media, and he's not afraid to talk about his hardships. He has several endorsement deals, including Upper Deck and Molson's. And he's not shying away from card and collectible shows, where he can usually fetch between $10,000 and $15,000 for appearance fees, sometimes more.
The magazine also has its final say on Bobby Clarke's legacy, the upcoming Patrick Roy Hall of Fame induction, and the 2006 Holiday Book and Gift Guide!
He's also part-owner of our Vancouver Giants. Sadly, I've never been able to snag one of the bobblehead dolls!
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