March 06, 2009

Mrs. Hockey: Colleen Howe dead at 76: Gordie was Mr. Hockey, reflecting his status as the NHL's all-time leading scorer before Wayne Gretzky broke his records, so it seemed right the woman who worked so hard for him behind the scenes should get a similar title. Colleen Howe died Friday at the age of 76 in the family home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., following a long battle with Pick's disease, an incurable neurological form of dementia.
She was the outspoken business manager of one of the most prominent families in the history of the sport. As the first female hockey player agent she was as forceful in the boardroom as her husband was in rink corners for the Detroit Red Wings.

"The National Hockey League grieves the passing of Colleen Howe a formidable woman, the wife and partner of our iconic player, the matriarch of a remarkable hockey family," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 06:51 PM - 2 comments

You have been my biggest fan. My agent. My dietician. My counsellor. And even now as you battle for your life, you are my inspiration, my strength, and the love of my life.

Hits close to home, but beautiful. Thanks tommy.

posted by justgary at 12:34 AM on March 08, 2009


posted by tommybiden at 10:12 AM on March 08, 2009

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