March 29, 2008

9 Going On 80
Happy Birthday Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe was once quoted as saying "Hockey is a man's game." In the game of hockey, Gordie is the man.

It's hard to believe, but Gordie Howe is turning 80 years old this weekend. There is no shortage of online news stories celebrating Mr. Hockey. Here's the best:

As always, NHL.com leads the way with feature articles. Ace staff writer John McGourty interviews Howe, covering all topics from his childhood through his NHL days to life after hockey.

In a separate piece, McGourty looks at some interesting facts that you probably did not know about Gordie Howe, as well as looking at Howe's special friendship with Bill Gadsby.

On the 29th McGourty has Howe wondering if the 51-52 Wings were the greatest team of all time?

Of course, the Detroit Red Wings have their own birthday wishes for their greatest player. They've created the new book Nine: A Salute To Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe. John Kreiser also offers a by-the-numbers look at Gordie's legacy.

The Red Wings are giving Mr. Hockey a team jacket for a birthday gift. That may sound insignificant, but for those who are not aware, the team jacket was Howe's only demand as a signing bonus when he first joined the Wings back in 1945. The team also gave him a TV.

The Detroit Free Press has a great interview with Gordie, as well as two (1, 2) photo galleries.

And then there's the Hartford Courant's flashbacks, including a look back to the day the Howes came to town, a Gordie Howe quiz, and a photo gallery.

The Vancouver Sun's Ian Walker penned an excellent biographical article on Gordie Howe a little earlier in March, back when Gordie was in Vancouver celebrating his birthday with the Memorial Cup champion Vancouver Giants. Walker also offers 32 interesting facts about Gordie, one for every pro season he played.

Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province looks at the relationship and comparisons of two polar opposites: Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe.

Kevin Allen of USA Today remembers Gordie Howe. ESPN also remembers Howe's greatest moments.

The New York Times caught up with Howe, and talked about everything from Eddie Shore to Sidney Crosby.

It's not birthday related, but I found this great YouTube video posting of Gordie Howe playing with Wayne Gretzky and Mark Howe, against the Russians in 1979:

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