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Flyers mourn the loss of Gordie Howe

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers



PAUL HOLMGREN

"On behalf of the Philadelphia Flyers, our deepest condolences go out to Mark Howe and the rest of the Howe family on the passing of Gordie Howe. Gordie was a tremendous player and ambassador for the game of hockey. He was a true gentlemen and will be missed by all."

BOB CLARKE
“So many generations of players wanted to play like Gordie Howe. He was the ultimate professional hockey player.”

BERNIE PARENT

“He is what hockey is. He represented the game so well. To me, he was a champion in so many ways, as a player, as a person, as a father and in all kinds of ways. He was always kind to people and a great individual. We’re going to miss him.”

JOE WATSON
“As a young boy growing up in British Columbia, the Detroit Red Wings were my favorite team and of course Gordie was one of my favorite players. I think everybody idolized him and looked up to him because of what he stood for. He was a tough guy. If things had to be taken care of on the ice, he could do that and he was so wonderful to people off the ice. He was a great family man and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to him a number of times, and I can honestly say it was certainly a pleasure to know him. He’s a credit to the game and he’s a credit to life. Rest in Peace, my friend.”

BOB KELLY
“I don’t think you could ever say enough about Gordie Howe that would do him justice. He was Mr. Hockey. He was everything. I think the same way Mr. Snider was Philadelphia hockey. My second game ever, I was 19-years-old I lined up on the ice against Gordie Howe and I was like, ‘man, I’d love to get your autograph, but I better keep my head up, so I don’t get my nose broken’. Everybody has said so much about him and there’s many who he’s helped for the game of hockey and what’s he’s done for people. It’s a sad day, but what a memory.”

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