Farewell Gordie, a wonderful teacher

By Gary R. Blockus


On this most solemn of sports days, when we bury Muhammad Ali and say farewell to Gordie Howe, I would just like to thank Gene Prince for seating me next to Gordie so many times in the old Spectrum press box. Gordie taught me more about

hockey commenting on why and when things were happening than I could possible write. And as my friend Jon-Michael Gendron reminded me, those seats were so close together you were practically on each other’s laps. I’m probably the only person who ever smiled after being on the receiving end of a Gordie Howe elbow. Those weren’t thrown in anger, though. Farewell Gordie. Prayers for the Howe family, especially Mark, who after his playing days, brought Gordie along to many games as a scout. Being next to Gordie like that was a true honor.


Gary R. Blockus

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