Gordie Howe and the Detroit Vipers
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10-20-2013, 02:37 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
I remember it being just one shift in the IHL in 1997. At the time it wasn't thought of as anything else but a publicity stunt. Not that Gordie would have been able to maintain a season. Not everyone liked it. I didn't care for it that much. It isn't as if anyone will ever beat Howe's record as it stands of playing in 5 decades (1946-'80). Put it this way, Chelios played until 2010 professionally. That was 4 decades. And who will even do that again? It'll be hard.
But I remember Beliveau being questioned about it and as usual he answered with class, but also felt that Howe had nothing to gain from this. That was the perception.
Over the years I know if you would ask Ted Lindsay he may say a thing or two about Colleen along the lines of Gordie being "whipped" or what not. I know the two former superstars sort of had a falling out in recent years.
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