Sharing Mr. Hockey Stories
Gordie Howe continues to be remembered months after his passing.
Former NHLer Mark Napier is sharing his memories of Mr. Hockey. He says yesterday (April 11) was a special day in Canadian hockey history as it marks the anniversary of Howe's last game in the NHL.
Napier says he never had to deal with Howe's elbows.
"I was 18 when I first played against Gordie," says Napier. "He was playing with his two sons down in Houston and Gordie was probably 45 or 46 back then, hadn't played in a couple of years and he was just dominant."
Workers hang a 'THANK YOU MR. HOCKEY' banner Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, June 10, 2016 in Detroit Michigan (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Napier says he will always remember Howe's 1000th goal.
"It was down in Birmingham, Alabama and Gordie was going for his 1000th goal and there was about two or three games he didn't get it and there was a bunch of media following him around and sure enough they get a powerplay and Gordie tips one in past Johnny Garrett and he got his 1000th goal and I was on the ice supposedly killing the penalty."
Napier is also raising awareness for Alzheimer's. He says Howe was a strong advocate and participated in the Baycrest Pro-Am for Alzheimer's Hockey Tournament.
The tournament takes place in Toronto in May.