Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe’s legacy as a true icon in Canada and to the game of hockey cannot be questioned. Simply put, he is one of the greatest hockey players of all time; is an NHL Hall of Famer, an Order of Canada winner, a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. The 23-time NHL All-Star is a 4-time Stanley Cup champion and 6-time winner of the Art Ross (scoring) and Hart Memorial (MVP) trophies. Bringing Mr.Howe to Lethbridge will help to add to the fabric of the hockey history in Lethbridge.
Adding to the local relevancy is the fact that Rich Preston, the Hurricanes Head Coach and General Manager played three seasons with Gordie Howe with the Houston Aero’s of the World Hockey Association. Rich played on a line with Gordie and Gordie’s son Mark. Gordie will be joined by his son Marty Howe; himself a former WHA and NHL alumni who also played in Houston with Rich, Mark and Gordie. Marty Howe totaled 646 games in both the WHA and NHL as well as 215 points and 559 PIMs.
“Gordie and myself are both excited to be a part of this special event, hockey communities like the one in Lethbridge are the backbone of hockey in this country – to see that first hand is something we all enjoy.” said Marty Howe adding “Couple that with the opportunity to get together with our old friend Rich Preston and recount some of those stories, some which we can tell and some which we can’t – I know it will be a great time for everyone”
The Mr. Hockey Dinner will be held on February 1st with Gordie Howe being the guest of honour. Tickets will be limited to a small intimate group and the event will include a short video presentation outlining the career highlights, accomplishments and contributions of Mr. Hockey. Rich Preston and Marty Howe, will serve as the guest speakers for this event and are sure to share some timeless stories from their playing days. This will be an extraordinary opportunity to hear insights, stories and laughs as the speakers share their memories. Dinner attendees will also enjoy the opportunity to meet Mr. Howe and have a special edition 5x7 photo autographed - An unforgettable evening for a true hockey fan!
“I am greatly looking forward to seeing my old teammates Gordie and Marty here in Lethbridge.” said Preston “It was a real honor and a privilege for me to not only play with Gordie, a true legend of the game but also to play with both his sons – Mark and Marty”
The following evening - Mr. Hockey will drop a puck at a ceremonial puck drop. At each intermission there will be an opportunity for a limited number of lucky fans to meet Mr. Howe for an autographed special edition 5x7 photo. Throughout the evening there will be promotional announcements and fan contests highlighting the contributions of Gordie Howe® to the game of hockey.
(Media Release from Ryan Ohashi, Hurricanes Media Relations)
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