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Gordie Howe's Son Hardcover – Oct 15 2013
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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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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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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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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.
His experience at his first Flyers training camp was also very entertaining..