Sunday, June 19, 2016
Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, was laid to rest this past week.
Wayne Gretzky called Gordie Howe the greatest hockey player ever. I think that that pretty much sums things up.
Howe was described by his teammates “a clean dirty player”. He had the fear and respect of his opponents on the ice. He always gave his best.
He was a terror on the ice but off the ice he was humble and giving. He gave time and energy to many people and causes. He was very unassuming and an “ah, shucks” type of guy off the ice.
Hockey players like that make me proud to be Canadian. Living in Europe, I really feel “Canadian” when I watch a hockey game or try to play myself (I am unfortunately brutal!).
There is a life lesson for me from Gordie Howe.
Battle and give your best in your sport or your job.
When the dust settles and the game is over, be gracious and humble.
Take our game or work seriously, but do not take ourselves too seriously.
Mr. Hockey, rest in peace.