Complete Guide: Sportsnet’s Gordie Howe coverage

Ron MacLean takes us through the career timeline of Gordie Howe, and the 26-year longevity that helped cement his legendary status.

The hockey world was struck with tragedy Friday morning, as legend Gordie Howe died at the age of 88.

Below you’ll find a complete guide to some of Sportsnet’s best multi-platform coverage, including reaction from former players, coaches, and teammates as they paid their respects to one of the most important figures in hockey history.


You can find our complete online Howe coverage here.

How Gordie Howe defied time (Stephen Brunt):
The way Gordie Howe defied time, he made us believe that some things last forever.

The Life and Legacy of Mr. Hockey (Dan Robson):
How Howe will be remembered for being the greatest player the game of hockey has ever known.

The great myth of the Gordie Howe hat trick (Luke Fox):
“The Gordie Howe hat trick should really be a goal, an assist and a cross-check to the face. That might be more accurate.”

Mike Babcock remembers Gordie, the genetic freak:
The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach had a unique relationship with Howe and looked back on his fondest memories in an interview on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

Hockey world mourns Gordie Howe on Twitter:
A collection of some of the biggest voices in the hockey community as tributes piled in for Howe on Friday morning.

There will never be another Gordie Howe:
A look back at all of Howe’s on-ice records and accomplishments.

Olbermann’s touching 2014 tribute:
Howe fell ill in 2014, former ESPN staffer Keith Olbermann offered a touching recollection on the hits, fights, and goals that summed up Gordie Howe.


You can find our complete collection of videos here.

Life of Legend:
In a Sportsnet special, Stephen Brunt narrates a must-watch essay on the legendary life and career of Mr. Hockey.

Ron and Don reminisce about Gordie:
Upon hearing of the passing of Mr. Hockey, Coach’s Corner icons Ron MacLean and Don Cherry look back on the life of Gordie Howe.

Why The Great One picked Mr. Hockey:
Wayne Gretzky provides insight into why he picked Gordie Howe as his idol, and remembers some of his favourite Mr. Hockey moments.

Why Esposito considers Howe as the greatest all-around player:
From one legend to another, Phil Esposito recalls his interaction with Howe, and why he holds him in such high regard.


You can find the complete collection of radio interviews here.

Bower: Howe didn’t do anything wrong
Former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower joined Hockey Central @ Noon to share his memories about Gordie Howe, who was one of his best friends in the world, and the challenge of trying to stop one of his shots.

Sinden: Howe the greatest forward ever
Former Boston Bruins head coach and general manager Harry Sinden discussed how difficult it was to plan against Howe and what made his game so impressive.

Clark: Howe a model on and off the ice
Maple Leafs alumnus Wendel Clark joined Sportsnet 590 The Fan to talk about his relationship with Howe, how he idolized him as a kid, and the influence the fellow Saskatchewan native had on his playing career.

Duff: Howe was a dangerous opponent
Hall of Famer Dick Duff, who played against Howe for 17 years in the NHL, told The Jeff Blair Show about what it was like try and stop “Mr. Hockey” as an opponent.

Redmond: Gordie Howe was a special leader
Appearing on Hockey Central At Noon, Detroit Red Wings TV analyst Mickey Redmon shared some stories about his playing days with Howe.

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