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01-29-2007, 03:00 PM
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Flyers Heroes of the Past: Mark Howe

We're doing a two-part "Heroes of the Past" on Mark Howe, my all-time favorite player and the greatest defenseman ever to lace 'em up for the Flyers.

Part I looks at his pre-Flyers career and transition from all-star forward to all-star defenseman. Part II will run later this week.

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http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com/pr...tures/2971.asp

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good read. Thanks.

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Thanks Bill - it's a great read! Look forward to part 2.

I've always heard that Gordie was a terrific parent and a very nice man - apparently that's the truth.

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Mark Howe was fantastic. Many of you probably missed seeing him, but he was the most unbelievable skater, always in position making smart plays and that deadly wrister...........ah memories.... I miss Mark Howe.

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Howe was a player who commanded respect and admiration from friends and opponents alike. A gentleman and an absolute joy to watch play. Smart and beautifully fluid on the ice. There was nothing not to like about the guy.

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Growing up in NY I remember a story JD told during a Flyers-Rangers game that at 8 years old, Howe could wrist pucks from behind his own goaline all the way down and over the glass behind the opposite goal. Righty and lefty...

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What I can't believe is how that man never won a Norris Trophy or how Mark is never mentioned as one of the premier defensemen to ever play the position. I blame all the people within hockey for not recognizing Howe as one of the greatest to ever play the game. The fact that he isn't even in the Hall of Fame is the greatest indignation of all to a man who helped revolutionize the position.

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best ever

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We're doing a two-part "Heroes of the Past" on Mark Howe, my all-time favorite player and the greatest defenseman ever to lace 'em up for the Flyers.

Part I looks at his pre-Flyers career and transition from all-star forward to all-star defenseman. Part II will run later this week.

Part I:
http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com/pr...tures/2971.asp
Thanxs bill. Mark was the best flyer d-man. He and McCrimmon were awesome. I remember Wendel Clark wiping him out. Clark just dropped his gloves because he new what was coming. Touchett was the first to get to him. great scrap. That showed the respect his teammates had for him. I hope Mark is well. big thanxs to him from this old flyer fan.

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Saving this read for some other time...

Howe's OT goal in Game 1 of the 1985 Playoffs against the Rangers was a combo of relief and thrill like only a small handful in the team's history. Coming off the 1982, '83 and '84 debacles and then having the Rangers tie up Game 1 with about 30 seconds left (followed by every curse word imaginable and some I created on the spot)....what a goal that was.

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Saving this read for some other time...

Howe's OT goal in Game 1 of the 1985 Playoffs against the Rangers was a combo of relief and thrill like only a small handful in the team's history. Coming off the 1982, '83 and '84 debacles and then having the Rangers tie up Game 1 with about 30 seconds left (followed by every curse word imaginable and some I created on the spot)....what a goal that was.
What goalie did he beat, and who set the screen for the goal ???

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What goalie did he beat, and who set the screen for the goal ???
Darn you!

I was there, and don't know.

I do know who tied the game for the Bluebibs with under a minute to go though.

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What goalie did he beat, and who set the screen for the goal ???
I know Hanlon was the goalie. The screen? Something tells me it was your pal Todd Bergen or was it Lindsay Carson?

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What I can't believe is how that man never won a Norris Trophy or how Mark is never mentioned as one of the premier defensemen to ever play the position. I blame all the people within hockey for not recognizing Howe as one of the greatest to ever play the game. The fact that he isn't even in the Hall of Fame is the greatest indignation of all to a man who helped revolutionize the position.

Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Rod Langway and Larry Murphy all were playing during his time. I was no fan of Murphy but he scored a ton. Langway was great, but Howe should have won at least once. Coffey? well he was a huge scoring machine from the blueline, and though defensively he was mediocre (at best some times), that was an awful lot of points. Hands down, Ray Bourque was by far the best defensemanof that era and possibly of all time (if longevity plays into it - Bobby Orr, greatness cut to short).

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I know Hanlon was the goalie. The screen? Something tells me it was your pal Todd Bergen or was it Lindsay Carson?
Lindsay Carson

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Part II now on Philadelphiaflyers.com

http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com/pr...tures/2979.asp

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