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I say goodbye to Gordie as well. But I'm surprised there is not more discussion about this. His battles with the Canadiens. His rivalry with Maurice Richard. Playing with his sons in the World Hockey Association. Scoring 1,000 goals combined in the NHL and WHA. Doing the one thing nobody in the modern era has done - play with his sons. And about those sons, who had nice careers - Mark is a Hockey Hall of Famer. I know this is a Canadiens board, but Gordie had such an impact on hockey.

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I say goodbye to Gordie as well. But I'm surprised there is not more discussion about this. His battles with the Canadiens. His rivalry with Maurice Richard. Playing with his sons in the World Hockey Association. Scoring 1,000 goals combined in the NHL and WHA. Doing the one thing nobody in the modern era has done - play with his sons. And about those sons, who had nice careers - Mark is a Hockey Hall of Famer. I know this is a Canadiens board, but Gordie had such an impact on hockey.

I did not get the opportunity to see him play.

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I will never forget him. He was every bit as advertised when I got to meet him. But there is one thing that bothers me. Wayne Gretzky wants Howe's number retired league-wide. I have some serious issues with that. Maurice Richard and Bobby Hull both wore number 9, and I don't believe that would go over too well in either Montreal or Chicago. These guy's contributed a lot to hockey, too, and what they did was also great. The reason Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinson's number league-wide is because he did something truly earth-shattering when he broke baseball's color barrier. As great as Howe's contributions to hockey were, they did not rise to that level.

I just don't believe that Howe's number should be placed alongside Richard's or Hull's number. It would as far as I'm concerned diminish the contributions Richard and Hull made. And I also consider the idea to be an emotional one at the present time. But then again leave it to Gary Bettman to do something like this without understanding all the facts and respect to Hull and Richard. If you are going to retire Howe league-wide, why not retire the name Gordie Howe and / or his nickname Mr. Hockey. I think that would go over much better and not diminish Richard or Hull.

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