March 05, 2013

Jean Beliveau on Gordie Howe

"His strength and his ability and the desire to perform the best that he could in every game made Gordie very special. I always had a lot of respect for Gordie. He was not only an asset for the Wings, but an asset for the league and for this great game of hockey.

"People kind of forget that in his second year he had some kind of a skull fracture in a game against Toronto. After that, he kept everybody away from him. So, don't forget, it's very difficult when you have somebody on you all of the time. But, because of his great talent, his desire to win, and his physical strength made him certainly one of the great hockey players."

- Jean Beliveau

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