Approaching 88th birthday, Gordie Howe draws joy from family and hockey


Mr. Hockey doing so well physically, his family plans to take him to Red Wings game Monday

His day begins with a breakfast befitting a legend.

Gordie Howe turns 88 on Thursday, and though dementia has left him a man of few words, he exudes joy from what always mattered most to him — family, hockey, children.

Howe is doing so well, in fact, his family plans to bring him to Joe Louis Arena on Monday night to see the Detroit Red Wings play the Buffalo Sabres. Howe practically is synonymous with the Wings: He played for them in 1946-71, leading them to Stanley Cup championships in 1950, ’52, ’54 and ’55. A statue of him graces the concourse at the Joe.

Murray Howe, the youngest son of Gordie and Colleen Howe, will be driving his father to Detroit from their home near Toledo. Mark Howe, the director of pro scouting for the Wings, also plans to be at the game to help his dad celebrate his birthday early.

Murray Howe, a radiologist at Toledo Hospital, spoke to the Free Press on Saturday about Gordie, providing a peek…

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