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  • Dave Power
    March 28, 2013 - 15:17

    As a young boy who loved hockey (still do) I was one of a few very fortunate hockey players selected from the Royal Canadian Legion Minor Hockey program to meet Gordie Howe at The Sportsman Dinner held at The Old Conoly Club in St. John's, NL in the early 1960's. It was an event sponsored by Eatons Canada and I have the tickets proudly framed with a picture of Gordie in my home. My father, who passed away earlier this month at age 85 (he also had dementia like Gordie has now) took me to the banquet and I have 2 autographs from Gordie on our admission tickets. I clearly remember shaking his huge hand and observing he had no wrist. His forearm simply went into his hand it was that big. I always cherished the memory of that night with my father, especially now that he is gone, and meeting Mr. Hockey, every kids hockey idol at that time. Happy Birthday Gordie. Even though you and your family are struggling with this condition and your memory is not what it used to be, be assured that you and the great memories you have given others will live on for a very very long time. You can be proud that you have made a great contribution to hockey, the world and a lot of people, both young and old, that you have met along the way. All the very best on your special day and thanks again for the great memories.