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Memories of Mr. Hockey

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

The hockey world lost a legend when Gordie Howe passed away at the age of 88 on June 10, 2016.

Jim Robson, who will forever be known as the "voice of the Canucks" recalls some fond memories he had of Mr. Hockey.

“The season after Gordie was “forced” into retirement for the last time the Canucks were playing in Hartford. There was the usual pre-game morning skate for both teams. As the Hartford team skate was ending, onto the ice comes Gordie Howe, at the time some sort of a minor executive with the Whalers. Gordie was wearing hockey gloves and had a stick but I don’t think he had any pads on. He came out to skate around with a few Hartford players, passing and shooting the puck, and every once in a while Gordie would “playfully” hammer some unsuspecting player into the boards...because he could. He was about 52 years old acting like a kid on an outdoor rink. He loved the game so much he couldn’t leave it alone.”

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