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hckosice    1,869
Mr. Hockey dies at 88

Gordie Howe battled illness, won for years


Gordie Howe was considered one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.


They called him Mr. Hockey because he represented the game for more than a quarter of a century on ice. He personified what was great about the game. He was a warrior, an ambassador, a gentleman, a ferocious competitor.

Gordie Howe from Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada, has passed away at age 88. He was a Stanley Cup winner (four times) and a Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner (six times each). He skated in more NHL games than anyone in the league’s nearly 100 years.

Howe began his illustrious career in 1946 and soon after he and another young player, Ted Lindsay, played together on a line with veteran Sid Abel. The three scored like no other forward combination in the game and became known as the Production Line, owing both to their offensive prowess and their team, Detroit, the car capital of the U.S.

From 1950 to 1955 there was no better team than the Red Wings. They finished first in the regular-season standings every year and won the Stanley Cup four times—1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955.

Howe was a tough customer in his early years, but a serious head injury in the 1950 playoffs nearly ended his life. He recovered, of course, wore a helmet for a short time after, and fought only very infrequently for the rest of his career.

He was known as “Elbows” in an era when elbow pads were thin and a sharp jab from Howe was like a knife wound. He made his own room on ice, and when he had it, he thrived. Howe could shoot both left and right. He had blazing speed, quick moves, and a sixth-sense relationship on ice with his best friend, Lindsay.

Although he never scored 50 goals in a season, he was consistent to a level no player has ever matched. He scored at least 23 goals in each of his last 23 NHL seasons before retiring for the first time in 1971 because of arthritis in his wrists.

He had his best point totals in 1968-69 when, as a 41-year-old, he had 103 points. Today, in a league much more watered down, the best players in their mid-to-late twenties can’t hit 100 points.

Two years after his retirement, the upstart WHA made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. The Houston Aeros signed him and his two sons, Marty and Mark, to contracts, making Gordie the first player to play with his sons at such a high level.

Mark Howe had played for the United States in the 1972 Olympics as a 16-year-old, helping the nation win a stunning silver medal despite being in B Pool of the World Championship. Marty, meanwhile, had played for his adopted country at the 1967 Worlds.

Despite his age, Gordie was among the best players in the WHA and the three were named to the WHA roster for the 1974 Summit Series. Five years later, in one of the defining moments of the new league, Mark and Gordie played on a line with Wayne Gretzky in the 1979 All-Star Game, a three-game series between the best WHA players and Dynamo Moscow.

Later that year, the WHA folded and four of its teams joined the NHL. Incredibly, Howe, now aged 50, signed on for a year, playing with his sons in the NHL, the first and only such instance.

Howe retired after that 1979-80 season, his 26th in the NHL and 32nd in pro hockey. What he was most proud of was that he wasn’t a sideshow player. Indeed, Howe played in all 80 games and had 15 goals. He was a +9.  After five decades, Mr. Hockey finally retired as the NHL’s all-time leader in goals (801), assists (1,049), points (1,850) and regular-season games played (1,767).

Someone of Howe’s stature, though, never retires. He remained a public figure the rest of his life, a man who represented the game with honour, who was generous and complimentary when Wayne Gretzky broke all of those scoring records, and later in life when he experienced declining health.

In 2011, Howe received perhaps his last great honour, one that will make his name part of our lexicon forever. A proud Canadian, he made Detroit famous for its hockey, so it was only fitting that when the two great neighbouring nations announced the construction of a new bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario to Detroit, Michigan, it would be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

How appropriate given that Howe was the bridge between the original and modern NHL, the link between himself and Gretzky, the number 9 who was an ambassador to hockey for some 70 years!


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hckosice    1,869

Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup. after a 1-3 win in the sixth game in California, Pittsburgh won the whole final serie 4-2.

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konig    423

Finals results of the Panamerican championship: Man: 1) Colombia, 2) Mexico 1, 3) Mexico 2

                                                                              Woman: 1) Mexico 1, 2) Argentina, 3) Mexico 2


historical for our country

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hckosice    1,869
10 minutes ago, konig said:

Finals results of the Panamerican championship: Man: 1) Colombia, 2) Mexico 1, 3) Mexico 2

                                                                              Woman: 1) Mexico 1, 2) Argentina, 3) Mexico 2


historical for our country


thanks for the update :yes and congrats :)

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phelps    572

so, congrats to the Pens...


but I absolutely don't agree with Crosby winning the Conn Smythe trophy...it should have gone to the Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel line alltogether...and being that "impossible", well, they should have at least recognized the great playoffs run by Bonino, Kessel or Letang...


however, it's just a couple of days that we ended the 2015/2016 season, but I can't wait for the start of the new one (luckily we don't have to wait that much...the new CHL season is just around the corner...the start is scheduled for August 16th :yikes:)...

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hckosice    1,869
Mexico puts on a hockey show

Colombia, host teams win Pan-American tournament


Colombia and Mexico won the men's and women's Panamerican tournaments respectively.


Colombia's men’s team won the 3rd Annual Pan-American Ice Hockey Tournament held in Mexico City last weekend. The Colombians defeated Mexico’s  second team in a 4-3 shootout victory to win the tournament.

In the women’s tournament, the host nation rolled over Argentina 8-0.

The tournament brought together teams from all over Latin America. Tournament hosts Mexico iced two teams in the men’s tournament, joined by two teams from Argentina, a team from Brazil, and eventual champions Colombia.

Mexico and Argentina also iced two squads each in the women’s tournament along with Columbia. The tournament takes place each summer and for the third consecutive year. Host Mexico is the only Latin American country with international-size indoor ice arenas and participating in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program while for the other countries the tournament is a great opportunity to compete internationally.

Argentina, Brazil and Colombia only have small indoor rinks and Argentina additionally possesses an international-size outdoor rink in the southern city of Ushuaia that can be used during winter weeks in the southern hemisphere around this time of the year. 

Both Argentina and Brazil have played in the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship for many years where another South American country has also been part of the program with Chile, a country that also has ice hockey activities with the Copa Invernadas set to take place in the southern city of Punta Arenas for the fourth consecutive year from 6-10 July.

Men’s Tournament:
Argentina 2 – Brazil           1 : 8
Mexico 2 - Argentina          14 : 1
Colombia - Mexico             12 : 6
Colombia - Argentina         13 : 1
Mexico 1 - Brazil                4 : 0
Mexico 2 - Argentina 2       10 : 0
Argentina 1 - Mexico          11 : 10
Colombia - Argentina 2       17 : 0
Brazil - Mexico 2                   0 : 7
Argentina 1 - Brazil             1 : 4
Argentina 2 - Mexico 1        0 : 18
Mexico 2 - Colombia           1 : 6
Argentina 2 - Argentina 1    2 : 10
Brazil - Colombia                1 : 9
Mexico 1 - Mexico 2           4 : 1
Mexico 2 - Brazil                2 : 0
Mexico 1 - Colombia          2:3 SO
Women’s Tournament:
Mexico 1 - México 2           9 : 0
Argentina 2 - Colombia       0 : 8
México 2 - Colombia           3 : 1
Mexico 1 - Argentina 2       14 : 0
Argentina 1 - Argentina 2    12 : 0
México 2 - Argentina           10 : 3
Colombia - Mexico 1            0 : 10
Colombia - Argentina 1        3 : 2
Argentina 2 - México 2         0 : 9
Argentina 1 - Mexico 1         0 : 3
México 2 - Colombia            3 : 1
Mexico 1 - Argentina 1         8 : 0


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