MR. HOCKEY: THE GORDIE HOWE STORY
At age 45, hockey legend Gordie Howe has retired from The Game. When given the chance to play alongside his sons, however, Gordie attempts to accomplish the unthinkable and return to professional hockey. As the Howe family prepare themselves for a comeback that some labeled “the biggest publicity stunt in hockey history,” they discover lessons about family, pride and believing in their own dreams. Stars: Michael Shanks, Kathleen Robertson, Dylan Playfair and Andrew Herr. Premieres: May 4 @ 9p.m. ET/PT, 8C.
Man, that guy's career is basically stargate or nothing heh.
He does a lot of stuff in Canada (including a sort of psuedo paranormal/medical drama he stars in with Erica Durance (aka Lois Lane from Smallville)) and I think does some theater work too.
I imagine they also would've wanted him so that they had someone that could play hockey without having to be taught.
Seems a little odd if he's playing Gordie though. I don't think that he or Kathleen Robertson are old enough to play the Howes at that point.
EDIT: Yeah. Shanks is 42 right now according to wikipedia, and if this is the story of Gordie playing with his sons, he was around 50 at the time. and Shanks doesn't exactly look older than early 40s.
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I didn't know he could skate, guess it makes sense. RDA was always the big hockey fan on the show and token Canadian
The two of them (Shanks and Anderson) formed a Stargate hockey team made of cast and crew that played games against other production teams for shows filmed in Vancouver (like Smallville) and I think also against things like Police and Fire teams for charity.
I actually read somewhere that Shanks had considered a pro hockey career in his youth. As did Dan Shea (Sgt. Siler, Richard Dean Anderson's double, and the show's stunt co-ordinator.)