NHL News: Gordie Howe Statue Unveiled at the Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame has unveiled a statue of the late Gordie Howe at the entrance of its building in honor of the man known as "Mr. Hockey."
"To be able to do something of this magnitude, what better way to celebrate Mr. Hockey than to have him standing at our door saying hello to all our guests?" Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald said, as reported by NHL.com. "The statue is about 8 1/2 feet tall, and for a lot of players who ever played against Gordie, that's kind of how big they thought he was and how he played."
"To take part in something like this and see the statue, it's a wonderful, wonderful thing," said Gordie's son Mark Howe, who was inducted into the Hall in 2011. "For dad to be honored this way, he would never say this, but he deserves it. The Hall has done a wonderful thing"
"The statue is just another part of his legacy," said Marty Howe, who played alongside Mark for the Hartford Whalers with their father in his final NHL season. "And for us it's just enormous pride, that's all I can think of. He was not just our dad; he was one of, if not the best, player in the world."
The unveiling of Howe's statue was the highlight of the opening of the NHL Centennial Exhibit. The exhibit is dedicated to the 100 Greatest NHL Players.
Howe died June 10, 2016, at age 88. Gordie is the all-time NHL leader with 1,767 games played and is second to Wayne Gretzky with 801 goals. He retired from the NHL at age 52 after he had 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 80 games with the Whalers in 1979-80. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 197.
The exhibit features a variety of items from the League's first 100 years, including the original Minute Book of the National Hockey League, the goal stick used by George Vezina in his final NHL game in 1925, and the puck Gretzky scored his record-breaking 802nd goal.
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