Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

All-star turnout for Howe

DETROIT — Gordie Howe could break a lobster claw with his fingers, one of his sons said, and make people melt with his kindness and humility.

With a nod to the two dominant personas of "Mr. Hockey," his family was joined by hundreds of friends and acquaintances Wednesday for a funeral service to bid farewell to one of the NHL's greatest players.

Hall of Fame players Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr, Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman, commissioner Gary Bettman and dozens of other current and past players, coaches and executives attended the public service, including fans decked out in Red Wings gear.

The rugged Hall of Famer died Friday at 88. Howe's brown casket adorned with red and white roses was guided in and out of at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament by nine family members.

Murray Howe, one of Gordie and late wife Colleen's four children (also sons Mark, a Hall of Fame forward, and Marty, and daughter Cathy), began the service with a tear- and laugh-provoking eulogy emphasizing his father's toughness and generosity.

"I never heard him complain about anything, ever," Murray said. "The downside to that was, as kids, we were never allowed to complain about anything. So if we lamented about raking for four hours straight outside, he'd just bring out his miniature, invisible violin and go, 'So sorry for you.' Stopped us whining in our tracks.

"He was eternally positive. He always had a smile on his face and a song on his lips. … He accepted everyone for who they were, unless they were a boy with long hair. Then they got a lecture."

Murray Howe has said his father's remains will be cremated.

Thousands salute Pens: A crowd Pittsburgh city officials estimated at 400,000 lined downtown streets, filled the floors of open parking garages, hung out of office windows and stood on top of buildings to cheer the Penguins during their Stanley Cup victory parade, three days after their clinching Game 6 win against the Sharks. "Well, the one thing I've learned is this is one crazy sports town," coach Mike Sullivan said.

Around the league: In their annual housecleaning to create salary cap space, the Blackhawks traded forwards Teuvo Teravainen, a member of the 2015 Cup-winning team and at age 21 considered one of the league's top young players, and Bryan Bickell to the Hurricanes for a second-round draft pick this year and a third-round pick in 2017. Chicago dumped the $4 million cap hit of Bickell, a member of Chicago's past three Cup-winning teams who spent most of this season in the AHL.

All-star turnout for Howe 06/15/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays' Evan Longoria: "We have all the belief in the world in here"

    Blogs

    The weekend sweep by Texas and four-game overall losing streak has some Rays fans - based on their tweets and emails - questioning the team's ability to make the playoffs and suggesting they might as well trade away their key parts.

  2. What are the odds the Rays trade for Brad Hand or Pat Neshek?

    Blogs

    In each of the last three seasons, the Rays have been sellers at the trade deadline. They shipped away David Price in 2014, got rid of David DeJesus and Kevin Jepsen in 2015 and flipped Matt Moore, Steve Pearce and Brandon Guyer in 2016.

    Padres left-hander Brad Hand has excelled in his two years with the team.
  3. Gerald McCoy cares too much about what you think of him

    The Heater

    Gerald McCoy is right. We are going to miss him when he's gone.

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is one of 16 players to record at least five sacks in each of the past five seasons. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  4. Ronde Barber says comments about McCoy 'sensationalized'

    Blogs

    If anyone thinks Ronde Barber was throwing shade at Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, think again.

    "That anyone would assume I would say the best player on the defense isn’t a bad dude is irresponsible and sensationalizing a quote to serve their own means,'' Ronde Barber said.
  5. USA Today sees Bucs as 10-6 wild card team in 2017

    Blogs

    Another day, another national outlet making NFL predictions, and this one is promising for Tampa Bay fans, as USA Today's Nate Davis has the Bucs going 10-6 and making the …

    Bucs DT Gerald McCoy tries to bring down Giants QB Eli Manning in a 2015 game. Tampa Bay and New York are both picked to finish 10-6 in USA Today's preseason predictions, both making the playoffs as wild cards.