"I sat down and talked to him for a little while and I was impressed because he could stare a hole through you," said Howe, 80. "There's not a word goes by he doesn't connect with.
"When he was leaving, I said, 'Do me one favour and don't change anything. Just be the kid you are, the player you are.'
"I met him and I've seen him play. Unless you put two guys on him, he'll kill you in a game. Don't worry about him. He's going to be successful in the long run. Everywhere you look you see Crosby's picture, and it's earned."It is nice to see the 80 year old Howe embracing his unofficial role as hockey's ambassador. He was non-partisan in his comments, and recognizes Crosby has the potential to be what Howe once was - the best hockey player in the world.
Howe was one of several Detroit legends gathered to celebrate the club's 82 year history. Other legends honored include Ted Lindsay, Red Kelly, Alex Delvecchio, Marty Pavelich, Marcel Pronovost and Johnny Wilson.
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