He was Mr. Hockey, but he was also Mr. Family.
That’s what Father J.J. Mech will take away from his experiences meeting Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings and professional hockey legend who died June 10 at age 88.
“I think that’s probably what he was the most proud of, to be honest,” said Father Mech, rector of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament and a longtime friend of the Howe family. “Even though he was Mr. Hockey, I think they were his real gift, his family. And I think he recognized it. I find that to be a testimony to who he is.”
Father Mech was to celebrate a morning memorial Mass for Howe June 15 at the cathedral, with thousands expected to attend.
Though Howe was not Catholic, several of his family members are, Father Mech said, and requested the Mass at Detroit’s cathedral to honor their father’s legacy as an icon of the Motor City.
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