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Wings celebrate Gordie's 85th birthday

by Lynsie DeLoss Estes / Detroit Red Wings
  Gordie Howe celebrating his 40th birthday.

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will celebrate the 85th birthday of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, when the team faces off against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, Mar. 31, at 12:30 p.m. (NBC & 97.1 The Ticket) at Joe Louis Arena.

In honor of Gordie, each Red Wings player will wear a No. 9 Howe jersey for warm-ups. Each jersey has a special patch on the front above the tip of the Winged Wheel, as well as the player’s number on the upper left crest. The unique patch features the No. 9 in red encircled by the phrase “Gordie Howe’s 85th Birthday”. The jerseys will only be available for purchase by completing an interest form at with proceeds benefiting the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and the Gordie Howe Foundation. The interest form will be available until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 1, and submissions will be contacted on a first come, first served basis.

Each jersey contains a uniquely numbered tag imprinted on the inside, guaranteeing that the jersey is a part of the Red Wings set worn by the club during warm-ups on Mar. 31. The tag includes a barcode that allows the jersey to be verified for authenticity. Each jersey remains without an autograph but if the purchaser requests, the jersey can be autographed and personalized by the individual player.

All fans in attendance that evening will receive an 8.5 x 11 “Happy Birthday Gordie” card, and can join the celebration by signing a special “Happy Birthday” banner that will be located on the concourse behind Section 112 throughout the game. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet Howe by purchasing an autographed copy of his book, “9: A Salute to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe”.

About the Detroit Red Wings Foundation:
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation invests in the future of our community by providing funds and resources to worthy causes that contribute to the growth of the sport of hockey. Ilitch Charities is a non-profit organization that invests in our community’s future by supporting innovative, collaborative and measurable programs in the areas of community development, human services, education and recreation through contributions from the Ilitch companies, their colleagues and the generosity of others. For more information, please visit

About the Gordie Howe Foundation:
The Howe Foundation was founded by “Mrs. Hockey” Colleen Howe. Her vision and mission was to help those in need and allow them to be able to enjoy, participate and learn about the great sport of hockey. The Howe Foundation is committed to enriching the lives of those who would otherwise not be able to share and experience the great world of sports. For more information, please visit

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