Gordie: A Hockey Legend
As Howe grew bigger, he stuck up for himself. In his teens, Howe worked construction with his dad during the summers and continued to develop a muscular physique. On the ice, he was a deceptively fast skater and was ambidextrous, which helped him stickhandle. He had a tryout with the New York Rangers in Winnipeg when he was 15 — it was and many players were at war, so prospects were in demand. He had played goalie, defenceman and forward. Howe had not been able to afford proper equipment back home, so he had to watch other players to see how to put on his gear.
When he showed up at age 17 at his first Red Wings training camp, he tried to fight everything that moved, until coach Jack Adams lectured him about picking the right spots. I would have been fighting anyone. He taught me to be aggressive but controlled. He played a year with an Omaha, Neb. He scored a goal in his first game, beating Turk Broda. In his first game in Montreal, Richard challenged Howe with a shove, and Howe knocked Richard out cold with one punch.
He was a hockey star at age 22 when he noticed year-old Colleen Joffa in a Detroit bowling alley. They married four years later. Howe worked relentlessly to improve as a hockey player, often staying 30 minutes after practice to shoot pucks into the tops of the nets. By the early s, the six-foot pound Howe had become the first NHLer to win three consecutive scoring titles. Howe, a humble man who used a lot of shucks and darns in conversation, was always timid about having only a Grade 8 education.
He opted to wear No. In the opening game of the playoffs against Toronto, Howe tried to check Teeder Kennedy, took a stick in the face and crashed into the boards. He suffered a broken nose, fractured cheekbone, badly scraped eyeball and a serious concussion. His head was shaved and a small hole was drilled through his skull above his right ear to relieve pressure on his brain.
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His mother and sister Gladys flew in from Saskatoon to be at his bedside. An unselfish attitude was part of his allure. At the end of the season, he had 49 goals and only Richard had ever scored On a breakaway with an open net in front of him, Howe passed to Alex Delvecchio, giving up a goal he could easily have scored himself.
When the club worked out, Howe was always the first man on the ice. He was the last man to leave. Good at any sport he tried, he developed a friendship with Detroit Tigers outfielder Al Kaline and sometimes took batting practice with the major league baseball team. Howe was named Canadian athlete of the year in The emergence of the Canadiens and later the Maple Leafs kept Howe and the Red Wings from winning another championship.
Hockey legend Gordie Howe passes away at age 88
Howe marched into the office of owner Bruce Norris the next day and demanded his contract be renegotiated. Howe retired from the NHL in An arthritic left wrist had been forcing him to use one hand on his stick at times. Another factor was the sadness he felt after his mother fell down stairs at his cottage in northern Michigan and died. When the fledgling World Hockey Association formed in , Colleen Howe helped negotiate a deal that was incredible at the time.
Mark, 19 at the time, was named rookie of the year. During that season, Howe chased a purse-snatcher for several blocks until the thief dropped the stolen goods. The now-defunct WHA gained credibility with the Howes playing.
Houston won the title again in his second season. If you did that, you usually got the stick or the elbow. He never forgot a slight. Tremblay once called him a dummy during a summer card game. A year later, Howe dropped Tremblay with an elbow during a game. A couple of years later, he kidded with a reporter: The family act moved to New England in Howe took Neale aside the next morning. When the Whalers joined the NHL in , Howe stuck around for one last season, and he was still good enough to score 15 goals. He played the entire game schedule.
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Howe returned 17 years after retirement to play a shift with the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League in October to gain the distinction of playing in six decades. Away from the rink, Howe had a gentle nature. He was happy to sign autographs for fans, had a sharp wit inherited from his mother, and liked to tease in a good-natured way. His playing weight stayed roughly the same throughout his long career.
He drank little and never smoked. A strict diet in his later seasons helped keep him in shape. He liked to work on crossword puzzles and play bridge, and he enjoyed golfing and fishing, although hockey injuries cut his golfing career short. During his long career, he suffered two serious head injuries, broke a wrist, toe, fingers, ribs and collarbone. He broke his nose at least 14 times, had a hernia, surgery on both knees and took more than stitches to his face. He just wore a cast and shot left-handed.
The mood and tone was informative because it is a biography about the life and career of Gordie Howe. The author explained everything for a reason to perfection and made the boring stories into interesting stories. All of the characters are real historical figures from the time period. The Author made the real characters, even more real and interesting. I absolutely loved the Gordie: Unfortunately, I waited until the announcement of Mr. Hockey's passing to pick this book up again.
I bought it in from the Woodville Mall's B. Dalton and then skimmed it over a chili burger at Tom's Family Restaurant, my first job. And now, all four are gone, yet Howe outlived the others. So my history with the book, coupled with my lifelong love of the game and my Red Wings fandom, did bring a sense of nostalgia to the proceedings.
Fortunately, the book is good enough to stand on its own m Unfortunately, I waited until the announcement of Mr. Fortunately, the book is good enough to stand on its own merit. The book starts with a Hero's Journey structure: Which, of course, he did, four times in his first nine years in fact.
But therein lies the challenge for MacSkimming: It could get boring quickly, and if you've ever read Gretzky's autobiography, you know there are points of "Well, where do you go from here? There is his meeting and courting with Mrs. Hockey, his late wife Colleen, illustrating a depth to Howe that goes beyond his Hockey God status. Richard was known for his steely-eyed gaze as he bore down on opposition goaltenders, and even the occasional violent outburst that could, and did, result in a Montreal riot.
And Lindsay was outspoken, arrogant, and abrasive, the perfect foil to the aw-shucks underlying character of Howe. Those aspects of the book keep it moving as it transitions from Howe's early championship days, to his later king-of-the-sport reign.
MacSkimming's writing is humorous and clean, but I can't help but wonder, as he himself does in his epilogue, how much more insight a memoir could offer. Regardless, this is a book for hockey fans, especially those with historical interests. Hockey has now left us, a book like this is a good place to start learning about one of our sport's greats.
Sep 26, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing. I think that this biography highlighted a lot of Gordie Howe's life but it could have been more detailed in some of Gordie Howe's earlier life. Roy MacSkimming's unauthorized biography of Detroit Redwings star and hockey legend Gordie Howe is a pleasant, fairly informative read.
It may not dig as deep as other biographies, but anyone who reads it will get the basics and most important details of Gordie Howe's life and career. The most fascinating thing about this book, to me, is the level of detail about the behind-the-scenes operations of the s Detroit Redwings hockey club. General Manager Jack Adams is the most colorful character a Roy MacSkimming's unauthorized biography of Detroit Redwings star and hockey legend Gordie Howe is a pleasant, fairly informative read.
General Manager Jack Adams is the most colorful character among the various coaches, owners and other team staff. His iron grip on the organization and its players proved to be his undoing after a series of incredibly stupid trades. But, after all the drama and turmoil, Gordie continued to do his best for the team until his first retirement in the early s. Considering what I've written above, this book functions not only as a biography of Howe but as an account of the legendary Redwings teams and the men who played for them. Defenseman Red Kelly gets an entire chapter to himself, and the stories about colorful forward Ted Lindsay will make a reader want to pick up a biography of Lindsay right after they finish the biography of Howe.
It was heartwarming for me to read about how close these men were while playing together, and it was heartbreaking to hear about how they were cheated by the owners they played hockey for. This is a good read for any hockey fan. Other biographies may dig deeper into the Howe legend, but this is as good a place as any to start. Jan 18, Ron rated it liked it.
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Good overview of the life and career of Gordie Howe. It spends a lot of time detailing how nice Howe is as a man on off the ice and how aggressive he was on the ice. No surprise there, but I would have liked more detail into Howe's life away from hockey. At times it reads more like a biography of Jack Adams. I enjoyed it, but will be looking for a more definitive biography of Mr Hockey. Feb 10, Dale rated it it was amazing. This book chronicles several of Mr.
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