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Lacrosse skills helped Nieuwendyk's goal scoring

Monday, 11.14.2011 / 2:21 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- When Al MacInnis would wind up for one of his light-speed slap shots, almost everyone on the ice and even in the stands would duck or dive out of the way.

Not Joe Nieuwendyk. He never worried about the flying frozen disc that was coming fast, hard and heavy off of MacInnis' blade hitting him, because most of the time he knew what the Hall of Fame defenseman was aiming for.

"I think a lot of people feared Al's shot, so he was looking for me in those instances," Nieuwendyk said Monday morning from the Hockey Hall of Fame, several hours before he officially becomes an honored member like MacInnis, his former teammate in Calgary. "Every now and then you'd take one, but the reward was much greater than the danger in my opinion."

A unique game-calling style has helped Redmond voice a Hall of Fame career

Monday, 11.14.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

"He's meant a lot to hockey, first as a player but also as a commentator. He's a very big part of (this organization), because he's been here for so long and people know his voice and know his face. He's just a good guy to be around."
-- Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom

DETROIT – Ask him about his 32-year hockey broadcasting career and Mickey Redmond will likely tell you that it all started by chance.

He'll tell you the story about a failed comeback attempt as a player in 1979 in Adirondack, N.Y., and how it was cut short by persistent back problems. He'll mention that a friend called him after he'd  quit playing for good, offering him the chance to do color-analyst work for 15 televised Detroit Red Wings games that year.

"The rest is pretty much history," he'll say, trying to downplay his career upstairs in the booth.

Inductees speak with fans at Q&A session

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 5:20 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- They showed up wearing Maple Leafs blue, Flames red, Flyers orange and Stars green. One fan, wearing a Florida jersey, announced that she flew up from Fort Lauderdale to be here just to see two of her favorite former Panthers -- Joe Nieuwendyk and Ed Belfour.

Like so many others on Sunday, she got to ask a question to a soon-to-be Hall of Famer. Like so many others on Sunday, she was thrilled just to get a response.

The annual hour-long Fan Forum during Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend started in 2000 when Wayne Gretzky wanted to get up close and personal with the people who watched him from the time he was the next one to the time he became The Great One.

The event has become a hit at the Hall of Fame ever since, and on Sunday morning Nieuwendyk, Belfour, Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe spent 60 minutes laughing with each other while telling stories, offering advice to children and rehashing the best moments of their careers.

Howe happy about sharing Hall honor with father

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Mark Howe has earned his spot alongside Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour and Doug Gilmour in the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011. (Getty Images)
Mark Howe considers himself lucky to have earned induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, but as special as the day of his enshrinement among the game's immortals will be, there's one important reason he feels blessed to have it happen at this point in his life.
"My only thought to the whole thing was that if it does happen, I would just like my father to still be on this earth," Howe told "Dad's here, dad knows about it."
The man he calls "Dad" is known to the rest of the hockey world as Gordie Howe, and on Nov. 14, he'll know what the rest of the hockey world already does -- that Mark has earned his spot alongside Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour and Doug Gilmour in the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
The Howes will join Bobby and Brett Hull as the only father-and-son tandem to play their way into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

'Mrs. Hockey' was very instrumental for Mark Howe

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Growing up, Mark Howe had two tremendous role models that aided in his development into an NHL star and an invitee to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

One was his father, Gordie Howe, the legendary "Mr. Hockey." But the other was a somewhat lesser-known figure, a woman affectionately known as "Mrs. Hockey" -- Mark's mother, Colleen Howe.

"My mom had a lot more to do with me being a pro than my dad," Mark told

Whether it was packing the kids off for practice or sending her two sons and her husband off to play on the same line in the World Hockey Association, Colleen Howe was the family's driving force. 

Famous last name no burden for Howe

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Mark Howe is going to be enshrined Nov. 14 in the Hockey Hall of Fame, taking a deserved place among the rest of the game's immortals.

He played nearly 1,000 games in the NHL, was a three-time runner-up for the Norris Trophy, a Hart Trophy finalist, was recognized as one of the best defensemen of his era and has been a part of four Stanley Cup champions as the Director of Pro Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings.

But he'll always be best known as Gordie Howe's son.

"I think to this day I'm still referred to as Gordie's son," Mark told "But it wasn't a burden."

Mental toughness carried Belfour to Hall of Fame

Saturday, 11.12.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Craig Button laughed while recalling the time he witnessed Bob Gainey taking practice shots on Eddie Belfour.
"Eddie had hurt his knee the year after we won the Cup, so he was back in Dallas trying to rehab it," Button told Button worked in Dallas under Gainey, the team's GM, when Belfour was the goalie,  "Bob went down on the ice to shoot on him to help him get his rhythm. I said to Eddie after, 'Holy, Bob Gainey might have been a 50-goal scorer the way he was shooting them past you this morning.' "
Button then paused ever-so slightly, as if to transition into his main point about Belfour.

Roberts developed strong bond with Nieuwendyk

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 2:17 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

If Joe Nieuwendyk needs a stand-in at any point during Hockey Hall of Fame weekend, Gary Roberts will be on site and is available for hire.

Hey, it's the least Nieuwendyk can do for his childhood friend and bodyguard.

"I played lacrosse with Joe, he was our best player, and I had to stick up for him. We got to the NHL, he became a 50-goal scorer, and I would have to protect him," Roberts told while laughing at the memories. "So, he owes me. I took care of that guy his whole life. I told him if he's too busy to go get inducted I'll go get inducted for him."

Nieuwendyk's career ensured everyone knew his name

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Forget about learning how to spell his name, Calgarians in 1985 didn't even want to know Joe Nieuwendyk. To them, he was simply the East Coaster out of Cornell that the Flames drafted with the second-round pick they acquired in the Kent Nilsson-to-Minnesota trade.

Nilsson was one of the most recognizable players in Calgary and a two-time 100-point guy. Nieuwendyk was a nobody from Ontario.

"That was the original thing, how can they trade Kent Nilsson, a 100-point guy, for Joe who?" Nieuwendyk told "That was the headline in the (Calgary Herald) the next day, 'Joe Who?' That's how I first started in Calgary. But once I got playing and had success my first year, they didn't write that stuff anymore."

Today they're writing about a Hall of Fame career that began in Alberta's most populated city. 

Jones' enshrinement something to write home about

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 11:00 PM / Hall of Fame

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Once writer Terry Jones is enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday, he doesn't expect much to change when he's working on his next assignment at the Edmonton Sun.

"A week later, I'll write a column that two-thirds of the town doesn't like and they'll be all over me, as per usual," said Jones, who has covered everything from Wayne Gretzky's arrival in the NHL to every Canada/World Cup hockey tournament since 1976 during his 40-plus years as a reporter and columnist based in Edmonton.

Jones is receiving the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award. It is given in recognition of distinguished members of the newspaper profession whose words have brought honor to journalism and to hockey. One of the first phone calls he received after the announcement was from Gretzky, which speaks volumes about the relationship Jones cultivated with the greatest hockey player of all time.
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