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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (Oct. 15 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443423491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443423496
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It meant a lot to us at the time to acquire Mark Howe, and not only because of his dad's history with the Red Wings. With his preparation and love for the game, Mark was a role model for me and other young Red Wings plus still a really good player. With just that little snap, he could really rip a wrist shot, and similar to Nicklas Lidstrom, he played an efficient game with a skating stride that looked almost effortless." —STEVE YZERMAN, 10-time Red Wing All Star, Hall of Famer, and the longest-running captain in North American major sports history

"Gordie Howe being Mark's father, if he wanted the spotlight it would have been on, but ironically I believe he wound up as one of the most unselfish and underrated players in the history of the game. He could have had a lot more points if he had wanted them, but the only thing that mattered to him was winning. Playing goal behind him, I was in the best position to appreciate his decision making. It was impeccable." —RON HEXTALL, Conn Smythe Trophy Winner in 1987 and Howe's Philadelphia teammate

"My chances of being drafted high were very good but when my team played Mark's in our final year of junior, I remember he had the puck all night, which wasn't helping my cause. And, of course, from all those later Islanders–Flyers battles, I had a tremendous amount of respect for him. He was stellar in a really quiet way, not a dangler, just a smooth, powerful skater and so smart, doing so many things so well." —DENIS POTVIN, four-time Stanley Cup winner, three-time Norris Trophy winner and Hall of Famer

About the Author

MARK HOWE is a three-time NHL All-Star defenseman and the fourth son of a Hall of Famer to be inducted. A father of three, Howe continues to work for the Red Wings as director of pro scouting and lives in Jackson, New Jersey.

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Format: Hardcover
Gordie Howe was Gord's favourite hockey player (they share a name and a birthday!). Howe passed away last week (on June 10) at the age of 88 and that prompted me to read his Mr. Hockey: My Story, which Gord had read and recommended. I saw that his son, Mark, had written a book about being Howe's son so I thought it would be interesting to get his perspective.

Mark was an American-Canadian former professional hockey left winger and later defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA). Howe was one of the best two-way NHL defensemen of the 1980s, being a three-time runner-up for the Norris Trophy and making the Stanley Cup finals three times as a player. He is a member of both the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame in to which he was inducted in 2011. He is currently the Director of Pro Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings.

This book is Mark's story of growing up as Gordie Howe's son and naturally following his father into professional hockey. In fact, for many years he played with the Houston Aeros in the WHA along with his father and brother, Marty. He starts with the beginning of his playing career and details his experiences on and off the ice, with stories of games and the players he played with and against.

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By Brian Maitland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 17 2014
Format: Hardcover
Although the title of the book is "Gordie Howe's Son," this book like Mark Howe can stand on its own as one of the best hockey bios ever written. There are such great stories in here and many of them actually don't even involve Gordie. For the whole WHA era when the three Howes (Gordie and sons Mark and Marty) played together the book is worth what you pay for it. Throw in the fact that Mark played on some terrific iconic teams from the Toronto Marlboros in junior to the 1972 silver medal winning Team USA, Team Canada (WHA version) in the 1974 Summit Series and mainly his Philadelphia Flyers years under the highly successful (and extremely unhinged) Mike Keenan.

Mark also covers his private life, his gruesome injuries he overcomes and his scouting days with the Detroit Red Wings. I found the scouting info on how pro scouts work and what they can discern from watching games live just amazing. You also get great insight into how two winning organizations operate so differently. The Red Wings' draft strategy really does show this is a franchise with their act together. The Flyers' chaotic way of doing business is also jaw dropping when you think of the team having gone to so many Finals. It's pretty funny to read some of the machinations between owner Ed Snider and Bobby Clarke regarding the team, especially to reiterate, the Keenan era.

I won't spoil any of the great stories in here for anyone but as much as you appreciate a truly great hockey player, you'll come out of this appreciate a truly great hockey family and everything a top pro athlete has to go through in life to become that.
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Format: Hardcover
I was always a Gordie Howe fan and also a fan of Mark even though I never rooted or cared for the teams he played for. I was really looking forward to reading this book however by the time I finished it I liked Mark a lot less than when I started reading it. He really comes off in the book as a bragger and a little full of himself. It was probably unfortunate that I happened to read Bobby Orr's book My Story right before I bought this one. Orr's book was all about the team did this and the team did that but all I got out of Howe's book is me. me, me. Now there is no question that Mark was a very good NHL defenceman but there seems to be several places in the book where he puts himself on a pedestal above the rest of the team and even family. There are still quite a few good locker room stories to entertain as well.
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I know it was going to be a good book but didn't know that I wouldn't want to put it down..
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HASH(0xa6ed9e1c) out of 5 stars Difficult to put down Jan. 30 2014
By Michael P. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been waiting for Mark Howe to do a book for a long time -- thank goodness Jay Greenberg convinced him to do it. It is obvious that Mark was not just a willing subject, but that he participated fully!

Obviously there are the stories of growing up in the Howe family, but also insights into the 1972 US Olympic hockey team and the silver medal brought back from Sapporo, on as a "family unit" to the WHA, first with the Aeros, then the Whalers. It was fascinating to read about the chemistry that wasn't there with the Whalers in both the WHA and the NHL.

Mark was probably under appreciated and had to wait too long for Hockey Hall of Fame recognition because he was so versatile, that delayed his development as a defenseman, I am certain.

You can tell a great deal about a person through his relationships with his family, friends and teammates, and you can't help but like Mark even more after reading this.
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HASH(0xa714bb1c) out of 5 stars One of the Best Hockey Reads of All Time! Jan. 3 2014
By Christopher LaForce - Published on Amazon.com
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I own a vast library of hockey and sports books, but This book is at the top of my list, for great reads! Mark and his co-author have created a Wonderful biography. It reveals his life and times in a refreshingly honest, candid manner, and is the type of book you do not want to put down!
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HASH(0xa6a7aec4) out of 5 stars interesting Bio on Mark Howe's career. Dec 28 2013
By gardien25 - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading about Mark's early career in the WHA and his reason for leaving the Whalers, who were terribly mismanaged after the merger with the NHL... I would have liked to have read more about his experience with Whalers when Harry Neale was their coach (who did an excellent job of rebuilding the team) and the rift that developed with many of the players during Bill Dineen's brief tenure as coach.
His experience at his first Flyers training camp was also very entertaining..
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HASH(0xa7213354) out of 5 stars Mark moves out of dads shadow Jan. 12 2014
By thomas glenn cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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While Mark Howe clearly inherited his father's talent for hockey, fortunately he did not inherit Gordies shyness, as this book gave a wealth warm, funny, and sometimes brutal detail of his family, hockey career, and personal life. A hall of fame read that surely makes his parents proud
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HASH(0xa79e906c) out of 5 stars Mark Howe book. Jan. 7 2014
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This book was very good. If you are a fan of Gordie Howe and his family you will really like t book.