How much does hockey legend Wayne Gretzky think Gordie Howe meant to hockey? A lot.
Gretzky believes the NHL should do something to honor the man they called “Mr. Hockey,” who passed away at age 88 last Friday. “The Great One” credits Howe as being a major idol in his life and feels that the NHL could best honor his memory by bestowing one of the highest honors in sports: by retiring his jersey number throughout the league—which incidentally they also did for Gretzky’s number 99.
“I’m pretty biased,” Gretzky said during the public visitation for Howe at Joe Louis Arena. “If I had my way, I would do it. But that’s for the league. I’m not involved with the league right now. But listen, whatever they choose to do is going to be very special because Gordie deserves something really special and unique.
You can’t argue with Gretzky about his impact – given the fact that – following this past Friday, hundreds of people came to pay their respects to the hockey legend during a visitation at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
And let’s face it – given how few people follow hockey in the US – it’s not like they know who the players are whether they wear their own numbers or not. I say, listen to Gretzky. There are only a handful of ‘legends’ in this world. Let’s honor their legacy.