The highlight of the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony this evening may have been Mark Howe’s acceptance speech, a classy “thank you” to all the family members, friends, colleagues and mentors who helped him along his long road in professional hockey, which included stints with the Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Detroit Red Wings. The greatest moment was kept for last, however, when, after pausing for a moment to collect himself, he gave a simple, straight-forward, and heartfelt tribute to his legendary father Gordie Howe, as seen in the video below.
Last season following a Nashville Predators game, I walked with my 8-year-old son back to where our car was parked, and saw Mark Howe ahead of us, crossing the street (he had just finished scouting the game for the Red Wings). I made sure to stop and point Howe out to my son and tell him that “right there is one of the greatest players who ever lived – I can’t believe he’s not in the Hall of Fame yet.”
Thankfully, and deservedly, now he is.
Below, you can browse through a sampling of some of the great pieces of memorabilia from Mark Howe’s incredible career…