April 11, 2007

Mr. Hockey Statue Unveiled In Detroit

A 1,500-pound bronze and glass statue of Gordie Howe was unveiled this week inside the west entrance of Joe Louis Arena.

The sculpture by Omri Amrany captures Howe in the act of shooting and recreates the motion using four different full-length sticks, the shaft of another, the puck flying off one of the sticks and flying ice chips.

It is 6 feet, 4 inches from the base to the top of Howe's head. The base, which is inscribed with statistical and biographical information on Howe on each of the four sides, weighs 3,000 pounds.

The Detroit Red Wings website has the official unveiling photo album.

Known as "Mr. Hockey," Gordie Howe still holds NHL records with 26 seasons, 1,767 games, and 1,924 games including playoffs. After serving as the NHL's all time leader in virtually every category, he handed over that title to Wayne Gretzky in the last decade. He remains second all-time with 801 goals and third all-time with 1,850 points. He won four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, won six Art Ross Trophies as the league's top scorer, six Hart Trophies as MVP, and was a NHL All-Star selection 20 times.

Others present at the unveiling included Howe's son Mark Howe, Howe's former teammates Bill Gadsby and Johnny Wilson, and current Red Wings Niklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Kris Draper, Mike Babcock and Ken Holland.

In other news, a 29 year old man has found a Stanley Cup championship ring believed to be from the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs. Ironically the ring was found in the parking lot of a Tim Hortons donut shop. Tim Horton was a member of that fabled Leafs team.

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