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March 04, 2013

Bobby Orr on Gordie Howe


"My first game, Gordie wanted to let the young kid know that he was still around. I made a pass and skated around the net and watched my pretty pass and he knocked me down. I can't say I was surprised. I was just sitting there watching my pass. I had my head down and he drilled me. I didn't see him coming and it was a good lesson for me in this league. Later on I had asked him about the hit, and in typical Gordie-fashion he said, 'It's better to give than to receive.'

"I've never met anyone like him. In my mind he's the best ever. Nobody will ever touch him. There have been a lot of great players in the past, and there will be a lot of great players in the future, but none will be as good as Gordie Howe."

- Bobby Orr

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