The hockey world was rocked earlier yesterday morning with the passing of Gordie Howe. Ever since the unfortunate news broke, tributes to the hockey legend have continued to pour in.
We knew it was inevitable but none of us could prepare ourselves for that actual moment when we first heard or read the phrase, "Gordie Howe has passed away at the age of 88".
I was quite shocked when I heard the radio announcement. They were playing 'The Hockey Song' by Stompin' Tom Connors over the airways and I immediately got a gut feeling that something was not right. I mean, they never play 'The Hockey Song' - it's a classic rock station, something had to be up.
I was right. When the song ceased, the disc jockey gave tribute to Howe along with condolences. I was absolutely floored. Muhammad Ali was just taken away from us and now, days later, Mr. Gordie Howe. What gives 2016?
I don't have many Howe cards in the remnants of my collection but the above 2011-12 Upper Deck Parkhurst Champions is my current favorite. It was taken during Howe's final NHL season as a member of the now defunct Hartford Whalers. At the age of 52, he appeared in all 80 games of the 1979–80 schedule.
There isn't much else to be said that hasn't already been brought up about Gordie Howe. He enjoyed a storied career and etched a legacy on the hockey world like very few have and ever will. His nickname really says it all. One of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of skates and hit the ice.
He will undoubtedly be remembered and missed.