2016-06-16 / Sports

No. 9 will be missed

Fat Guy Corner


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Jeff Day — Sports Columnist The passing of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings’ legend, saddened Hockeytown this past week. When one thinks of the game of hockey the name Gordie Howe is the one name everyone knows. I want you to think about this for just one second. He played 26 seasons in the National Hockey League and another six seasons in the World Hockey Association. Even the Fat Guy can add up those numbers which total 32 years of professional hockey.

Gordie spent the first 25 years in a Detroit Red Wings uniform and he won four Stanley Cups as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Gordie was an All-Star 23 times as a NHL player. He also won the league’s MVP award six times. Mr. Hockey held most of the NHL records until a man named Wayne Gretzky came into the NHL. Oh, and by the way, Gordie Howe was Wayne Gretzky’s idol on the ice and the two were really good friends.

Gordie retired from the NHL in 1971. The NHL Hall of Fame induction came in the very next year in 1972. When the World Hockey Association started playing, he joined his sons, Mark and Marty Howe, on the Houston Aeros team. He was then in his mid-40s. The 1979-80 Hartford Whalers team of the NHL also had Gordie Howe on its hockey team. Gordie is the only player ever to have competed in the NHL in five decades.

What is Gordie Howe’s greatest achievement for me personally? Why of course, it’s the Gordie Howe hat trick. What’s that, you ask? It’s a goal, assist and a fight all in the same game. The legend of No. 9 in the hockey world, and in Detroit, will live on forever for all hockey fans. I had the privilege to watch him play very late in his career, which I remember well. Gordie Howe did more for hockey and the NHL while playing, and also while retired. Gordie, you will be missed. RIP No. 9. I am all in for renaming the new arena in Detroit after the great Gordie Howe! Put me on that bandwagon!

Lord Stanley’s Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in San Jose in six games. The Penguins have won four Stanley Cups and clinched all four on the road! The Penguins were the better hockey team and totally outplayed the San Jose Sharks during the Stanley Cup Finals.

It’s parade time in the city of

Pittsburgh.

Costly moves

The NBA Finals are headed back to Cleveland for a game six. The Cleveland Cavaliers did the improbable by winning game five on the road in Golden State. The suspension of Draymond Green for sure helped the Cavaliers and hurt the chances of Golden State winning the title at home. Draymond is a good player but he is starting to get a bad reputation in the NBA. Come on, Draymond, clean up your lip service and dirty play and just play basketball. I have the Warriors in seven.

Up close and personal

The 116th U. S. Open golf major will be played at Oakmont Country Club in Plum, Pa., which is just outside of Pittsburgh. This is the ninth time Oakmont will be the host of the U.S. Open. This course will be a great watch for all of us golf hacks. Why? The greens are super-fast and the rough is really, really deep. These professional golfers are going to struggle to score and prove they are human on the golf course. The Fat Guy actually scored some tickets for Friday’s round, so I will witness this golf course up close with my own two eyes. I am super stoked to watch these golf pros attack this Oakmont golf course. I will be rooting for my brother from another mother, Jason Day! I love that last name.

Get your Red Hots

The Detroit Tigers’ bats are heating up, which is nice to see. How about the pitching of one Michael Fulmer? Mr. Fulmer is currently on a string of 28-1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. One has to love watching him pitch and at the young age of 23, there should be great things in store for the Tigers’ pitcher. thefatguy@mihomepaper,com

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