Skip to comments.Red Wings honor Gordie Howe
Posted on 04/01/2013 10:30:47 AM PDT by shove_it
The Detroit Red Wings honored Gordie Howe on his 85th birthday Sunday as players wore jerseys with Howe's retired No. 9 during warm-ups and "Mr. Hockey" was on hand at Joe Louis Arena signing autographs.
Former Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who won seven Norris Trophies, was in from Sweden for the occasion. Also on hand were Red Wings Hall of Famers Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio...
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Too bad the Red Wings didn’t show up for it.
There’s a long discussion that goes on around hockey about the competitive disadvantage that celebrations of some sort put on the home team. Banner raisings, jersey retirements, honoring old players, it messed up the rhythm of the start of the game, gets the home team relaxed and celebrating, and gives the visiting team time to get mad. Never really seen any stats to back it up, but it sure seems like home teams lose these games a lot.
I remember last year everytime a former Mav player who played on their championship team was honored before a game, the Mavs lost.
tell me about it. That was a good old fashioned ass whoopin’
Detroit then proceeded to honor the 2nd highest all time scorer by scoring a goal on themselves...
This years team is a joke. They should’ve had Gordie suit up.
TEd Lindsey still alive? How old?
I remember clearly when the league had just 6 teams...(Can you name them?)
The game was slow and arthritic, you freeze the puck, constant off sides violations etc. Everything to slow the game down, but the game was brutal.
They had a series of games against the best in Europe, and the NHL beat them the first couple years, because they physically beat them up.
Then came expanxsion and the pin point passing, and speed we have today.
I’d love to see a bigger ice rink, like in Europe.
Old Time Hockey, like Eddie Shore.
yeah...no sissy helmets or goalie masks.
I’m a Sabres fan, so I’m used to being on the receiving end of beat-downs this year.
Actually, the Wings played well the 2nd and 3rd periods. Seemed to have good chances. It was the 1st period, and their goaltending that killed them!
I don’t believe that stuff, but the night they retired Sayers and Butkus’ numbers, Bears lost to Fahv-rey and the peckerheads. God, I hate those guys.
After my post, I checked my memory. It looks like the Aeros didn’t make it to the end, but the Birmingham Bulls did. Of course, Gordie Howe finished his career, playing with his two sons with the Hartford Whalers, whose fans would honor him today if the team didn’t up and move to that hockey hub in North Carolina.
They almost named the new bridge after Gordie Howe.
Franzen(The Mule)has turned into an 11 yr./$44 million dollar(lazy) a$$!
(maybe at times his attitude/play rubs off on others???)
Datsyuk never lived up to the hype as a goal scorer, 9 times out of 10 his "fancy puck-work" leads to him getting picked.
Zetterberg is too inconsistent...so is goaltending.
Supporting cast is weak(at best).
Always thought of Ken Holland as one of the best GM's in sports(though it doesn't hurt to have an owner willing to spend the big bucks to bring big name players to Detroit)...but his decisions lately have been questionable, almost Joe Dumars like(Franzen deal=Darko Milicic).
...still, this teams lacks a leader(lost a lot with Lidstrom, Holmström retiring)...
...along with speed, skill-sets, toughness, yada yada...
People have been predicting the Wings fall from glory for years, maybe their number is finally up.
The Gordie Howe Memorial Bridge — perfect. After more than 2400 pro hockey games over six decades, Mr. Hockey caused plenty of bridgework to be performed on opposing players.
He was beloved on both sides of the border.
Yup. Whatta guy.
They must have had ole Gordie in goal.
There’s a local kid who is doing good on the Blackhawks, Brandon Saad. He was probably a star of that game.
I had to look it up to be sure, but it was the Cincinnati Stingers. I was a Cleveland Crusaders fan. Gerry Cheevers in goal....Cleveland hosted the WHA All Star game one year. I shook hands with Frank Mahovolich and had my picture taken with Bobby Hull. Had seats with my Dad right in the corner...front row. Gordie Howe was an arms length away on the other side of the glass. Great memories from my youth.....
Wow me too. It was pretty easy to get good seats at the Richfield Coliseum. I remember going to one game against the Canadiens, sitting right behind the bench, Scotty Bowman was the coach, watching him chow down on his pocketfull of peanuts in the shell.
Then you must remember the Cleveland Barons, who “merged” with the Minnesota North Stars.
Mr. Hockey deserves it. I have his autograph when he visited Vancouver back in the late 90’s. great time to be a kid..
Maybe the real McCarty along with Draper and Maltby need to make a comeback.
What team had Gordie and his two sons? Oilers?
Did Bobby Hull play with his sons too for a bit. Edmonton?
Watched the Hawks last night. Patrick Cain is incredible.
Yes. I was a Barons fan for what, all of two years?! They weren’t as competitive as the Crusaders, though. I think the Crusaders were good enough to have merged with the NHL. The league probably didn’t want any more teams in this area given the close proximity of Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Buffalo.
That would have been a Barons game against the Canadiens. I saw Montreal once there also. It was “Guaranteed Win Night” against the defending Stanley Cup Champs. The catch was it was if they won you’d receive a voucher for a ticket to a future game. Well, they beat the Habs 2 to 1. Unbelievable.
Montreal had Dryden in goal, Larry Robinson on defense, Lafleur, Steve Schutt on offense, all stars everywhere. Robinson was taking one handed wrist shots from the blue line during warm-ups!
I was referring to the Crusaders merging into the NHL. They drew well as they always seemed competitive.
Didn’t Gordie Howe also play with at least one of his son’s in Houston?
The Barons used to be the California Golden Seals and moved to Cleveland because the Crusaders had drawn well. The problem is the Barons stunk and the fans stayed home.