Gordie Howe

PHT Morning Skate: Messier gives McDavid advice on making the leap to the NHL


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Six-time Stanley Cup champion Mark Messier had a chance to give top prospect Connor McDavid some advice when the two met for the first time on Monday in Chicago. Messier passed along some advice that he learned from hanging out with Wayne Gretzky during their early years in Edmonton. Despite all the sponsorship, fan and media demands, Gretzky was always the most prepared come game time.

“Listen, I’m not trying to cram 40 years of experience down into one five-minute brief meeting, but I think it is important for him to know that he can say ‘no’ sometimes,” said Messier. (Sportsnet)

Jaromir Jagr has a story on why Mario Lemieux came out of retirement during the 2000-01 season. (Bar Down)

Here’s another look at the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 3 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks:

Gordie Howe ‘comfortable and happy’ after second stem cell treatment. (The Hockey News)

Chicago’s Navy Pier salutes Blackhawks on ferris wheel. (Puck Daddy)

Video: Howe honored at the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner


Gordie Howe made what many expect to be his final public appearance Friday night at the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner in Saskatoon.

Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull and Brett Hull were among the hockey greats in attendance to pay tribute to Mr. Hockey.

Part of the day’s festivities included an arena near Howe’s hometown renamed the Gordie Howe Kinsman Arena.

The 86-year-old has been in poor health since suffering a stroke in October. However, he has made significant improvement after undergoing stem-cell treatment in Mexico last month.

Mark Howe on his father’s health: ‘He’s back in the ballgame’


It appears the health of Gordie Howe is headed in the right direction.

Speaking to MLive.com’s Ansar Khan, Mark Howe said his father’s health has been encouraging over the past week.

“A week ago our discussion was ‘Is he even going to be around Christmastime?’ It’s been peaks and valleys,” said Mark Howe. “Right now we’re at the highest peak since his stroke. We’ve been pretty excited about it.”

Gordie Howe, 86, has reportedly suffered multiple strokes since late October. Wednesday’s news is the first real sign of progress in the right direction for the hockey legend.

According to Khan’s report, Gordie Howe has even been walking under his own power.

“He’s back in the ballgame,” said Mark Howe. “Where it will lead to we don’t know, but he’s miles ahead of where he was weeks ago.

“In the last week he’s been getting stronger, better. We’re pretty encouraged by it.”

Howe family updates Mr. Hockey’s status


The Howe family released a statement through the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night updating the status of Gordie Howe, who suffered a stroke on Oct. 26.

Here’s the statement:

The Howe family is pleased to report that over the past week Mr. Hockey has been recovering at a remarkable rate, including his speech, and his ability to walk with the assistance of a walker. Much work lies ahead, and we would like to thank friends and fans worldwide for their prayers and incredible outpouring of support.

Our father has been truly moved by the countless phone calls, letters, emails, posts, and the Red Wings “Get Well” gesture during the October 31 game. Mr. Hockey and the entire Howe family cannot thank you all enough.

Howe, 86, remains at his daughter’s home in Texas.

McKenzie: Hockey community rallies around Howe

While it sounds as if Gordie Howe has a long way to go as he attempts to recover from a significant stroke, Bob McKenzie backed up reports that “Mr. Hockey” has shown improvement in the last day or so:

As McKenzie mentions, the hockey community is indeed pulling for the 86-year-old icon. Washington Capitals fans shared their support for “Mr. Hockey” tonight:


Here’s more from Liam McHugh:

Related: PHT’s update on Howe showing improvement.