Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and hockey legend Gordie Howe. (Photo: The Canadian Press)NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Howe a "remarkable athlete," adding that "all hockey fans grieve the loss." Former Montreal Canadiens captain Yvan Cournoyer says he'll never forget his first NHL game against Howe and his Detroit Red Wings. As a 19-year-old, Cournoyer was in awe of Mr. Hockey. He was lucky that day because he didn't have to line up against Howe, a job that belonged to teammate Gilles Tremblay
"He'd say 'I'll try my best but it's hard,'" Cournoyer recalled Friday. "He was not a dirty player," Cournoyer added. "He was strong. He played hard. He wanted the puck. But I don't think he was dirty." Cournoyer made the comments with a heavy heart, noting that so many top players from the old days have died in the last few years, including Canadiens Jean Beliveau, Elmer Lach, Dickie Moore and Tremblay. Howe played against them all.
My condolences to the family of Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings and all his fans around the world. He will always be Mr. Hockey.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 10, 2016
Laureen & I extend our condolences to family & friends of Gordie Howe. Mr.— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) June 10, 2016
Hockey will always be remembered as a legend of our beloved game
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