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'An Evening with Gordie Howe' on Sept. 11

Gordie Howe 1970

Sept. 5, 2007

SAULT STE. MARIE - All Lake Superior State hockey season-ticket holders for 2007-08 are invited to "An Evening with Gordie Howe" on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Taffy Abel Arena.

Howe will attend a Laker Hockey pre-season press conference at 5:30 p.m. in the Blue Liner Room and will participate in a question-and-answer session with Bill Crawford at 6 p.m. in the arena. All public, LSSU student, loft-holder, faculty/staff and Friday-only/Saturday-only season-ticket holders are invited to the Q&A. The evening will also include a Laker Athletics Garage Sale beginning at 4 p.m. and a skills challenge among Laker hockey players at 5:30 p.m. Howe will meet the Laker team after the Q&A.

The National Hockey League doubled in size during Gordie Howe's six-decade career, and much of hockey's growth in North America has been attributed to Howe's allure, legendary skills and fame.

Howe entered the NHL in 1946 at the age of 18 during the league's six-team era. He scored a goal in his first game and went on to score 1,070 more goals while playing for the Detroit Red Wings, Houston Aeros, New England Whalers and Hartford Whalers. After finally retiring in 1980, he established all-time records for goals, assists (1,518), points (2,589), games played (2,421), all-star appearances (29), most MVP honors (seven), most scoring titles (six) and most seasons played (32).

To millions of fans around the globe, No. 9 is revered as "Mr. Hockey." Howe was an amazing, ambidextrous craftsman who enthralled fans with his unbelievable skills and longevity, and baffled writers who struggled for new ways to describe his talents. He has been hockey's No. 1 ambassador for nearly a half century, and no player in history has given more to the sport. Howe, a member of 11 different halls of fame, played in the World Hockey Association with his sons, Marty and Mark, for six years, and played with them on the same line in an NHL game before he retired in 1980.

"Gordie is by far the nicest athlete I have ever met," said legendary Detroit News sportswriter Joe Falls. "No wonder he is the most-beloved athlete in Michigan history and one of the most-beloved in all of sports."

Howe's wife, Colleen, is the founder of the Detroit Junior Red Wings, the first junior team in the United States, and is the president of Power Play International. She was the co-author of the best-seller, "and...Howe!" Together, Gordie and Colleen have raised nearly $1 million for various charities. The Howes also have two other children, Cathy and Murray.

Laker hockey season tickets are $156 if purchased before Sept. 11, and the package includes the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. Season tickets for students (18-and-under) are $85. The Friday-only package is $74 and includes one playoff game, and the Saturday-only package is $82 and includes one playoff game. Walk-up prices are $10 adults and $5 for students.

To order tickets, call 906-635-2602 or visit

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