Gordie Howe tributes continue; funeral to be Wednesday in Detroit

"There's a real feeling of sadness in the city because, even though Gordie played in Detroit, we still know he was from here, and he always kept that connection to Saskatoon and still has family here", said Kevin Mitchell, a reporter at The StarPhoenix, the city's daily newspaper.

Seguin also marveled at Howe's toughness, particularly his massive physique, and said: "Gordie wasn't to be messed with".

Hockey great Gordie Howe watches the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks play during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on November 14, 2013.

Before there was 99, there was only one No. 9.

"Players like that, they become legends".

"He had a great vision of the game, a great scorer, puck control", Buffalo Sabres great Gilbert Perreault said in a phone interview. But the electricity was greater in the bowels of the building as players, coaches, officials, and any person with any reason for being in the lower parts of the arena trying to get over to Howe and shake his hand or get a photo. "It's a great loss for hockey".

"He has been an icon not only in Detroit but throughout the entire hockey world for as long as I can remember", Steve Yzerman said.

It began with Wayne Gretzky, of course.

"He was, without a doubt, one of the meanest, effective players I've ever seen", Wieland said.

Gordie Howe left of the Hartford Whalers and Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers pose for
Gordie Howe tributes continue; funeral to be Wednesday in Detroit

At one drop-in game, a referee refused to drop the puck because Howe wouldn't wear a helmet - a violation of arena policy. And he wasn't the only one.

Garth posted a picture on his verified Twitter account, saying it was "an honor to be in Gordie Howe's hometown". I looked and it was Gordie Howe. As we say goodbye to a legend, let's consider nine things about No. 9.

Former Flyers defenseman Joe Watson says everyone idolized Gordie Howe. Still, the Howes said they would never forget their time in northern MI - echoing the sentiments of residents who say the family's impact continues to reverberate in the community today.

"A remarkable athlete whose mastery of our sport was reflected by the longevity of his career and by his nickname, 'Mr". Howe scored 801 goals, had 1,049 assists and 1,850 points when he retired from the National Hockey League. This happens only when a player gets a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game and surprisingly, Howe only had this happen twice in his career.

Thornton has a couple of Gordie Howe hat tricks on his résumé, a performance of which he's proud. "And yet he was a very gentle, kind soul off the ice".

"Gordie's humility and kindness left a permanent impression on me", said Tampa Bay Lightning GM and former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville and the rest of the world said goodbye to The Greatest on Friday, showering affection on Muhammad Ali during a fist-pumping funeral procession through the streets of his hometown, followed by a star-studded memorial service where he was saluted as an outspoken breaker of racial barriers. Howe played in five separate decades and endured brain surgery, concussions, dozens of broken bones, and more than 500 stitches in his face. The Aeros' success and stability was a stark contrast to that of the Houston Rockets.

"I got to the arena early, and I was in the hallway taping my stick".

  • Neal Todd