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Mr Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story -- Hockey great Gordie Howe retired after 25 winning seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. But he realized that retirement just didn't work for him... When his son's were drafted to the Houston Aeros he came out of retirement to join the team! He was written off by many, who thought he was too old to be playing competitively.


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  (in credits order)

Michael Shanks ... Gordie Howe

Kathleen Robertson ... Colleen Howe

Martin Cummins ... Bill Dineen

Dylan Playfair ... Marty Howe

Andrew Herr ... Mark Howe

Emma Grabinsky ... Cathy Howe

Ali Tataryn ... Mary James

Andrew Kavadas ... Doug Harvey

Teach Grant ... Smoky McLeod

Lochlyn Munro ... Bobby Hull

Donnelly Rhodes ... NHL Lawyer
Graham Mayes ... Murray Howe
Paul Magel ... Ted Taylor

Karl Thordarson ... Jack Stanfield
Brad Turner ... John Schella

Adam Hurtig ... Jim Smith
Erik J. Berg ... Tommy (as Erik Berg)
Bryan Clark ... Minnesota Enforcer
Brock Couch ... Mike Walton
Gio Tropea ... Former NHL Player
Tom Anniko ... Bruce Norris

John B. Lowe ... NHL Lawyer
Curt Keilback ... Houston Sportscaster
Curtis Moore ... Houston TV Reporter
Ernie Pitts ... Detroit Sportswriter
Candace Smith ... Big Houstion Woman Fan
James Juce ... Bartender
Adam Brooks ... Drunk Minnesota Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

R.J. Adams ... Harold Ballard
Darren Felbel ... Hospital Doctor

Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey ... Fan Boy #1 (voice)

Jacob Klick ... Joe Szura
William O'Donnell ... WHA Draftee
Gordon Tanner ... Ted Lindsay
Jim Kirby ... Hockey Executive (uncredited)

Terry Ray ... Houston Aeros Player (uncredited)
Marjorie Roden ... Accordion playing fan (uncredited)

Karen Tusa ... Friend of Colleen Howe (uncredited)

Directed by
Andy Mikita 
Writing credits
Malcolm MacRury (written by)

Produced by
Howard Baldwin .... executive producer
Karen Elise Baldwin .... executive producer
Ian Dimerman .... producer
Karyn Edwards .... executive producer
Brendan Ferguson .... producer
Stephen Hegyes .... executive producer
Mark Howe .... associate producer
Marty Howe .... associate producer
Michael Ilitch Jr. .... executive producer
William J. Immerman .... executive producer
Malcolm MacRury .... co-executive producer
Brendon Sawatzky .... producer
Jonathan Shore .... associate producer
Shawn Williamson .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Jandrisch 
Cinematography by
James Alfred Menard 
Film Editing by
Jason Dale 
Casting by
Colleen Bolton 
Jim Heber 
Maureen Webb 
Production Design by
Gordon Wilding 
Set Decoration by
Graeme Csath  (as Graeme D. Csath)
Scott Rossell 
Costume Design by
Brenda Shenher 
Makeup Department
Daena Groleau .... first assistant makeup artist
Jennifer Machnee .... makeup department head
Georgia Spyracopoulos .... second assistant makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dustin Courchene .... third assistant director
Richard Duffy .... second assistant director
Michelle Fitzpatrick .... key second director
Ronaldo Nacionales .... first assistant director
Art Department
Katie Freestone .... set dresser
Alexis Labra .... property master
Allan McGowan .... lead set dresser
Jamie Lou Morneau .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Ken Cade .... sound effects editor
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor
Kelly Cole .... sound re-recording mixer
James Fonnyadt .... sound designer
Chris Gilling .... sound re-recording mixer
Kirby Jinnah .... supervising sound editor
Stan Mak .... sound mixer
Bill Mellow .... sound re-recording mixer
Dallas Pomedli .... boom operator
Martin Quiñones .... adr recordist
Dino Schiavone .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Joseph Benarroch .... special effects assistant
Tim Freestone .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Anuj Patil .... lead compositor: lead compositor
Sarabjeet Singh .... rotoscope supervisor
Karen Watson .... compositor
Andrew Degryse .... stunt perfomer: Fan with Chair
Jacqueline Loewen .... stunt driver
Carson Nattrass .... stunt performer: Security Guard
Chuck Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Darren Ross .... stunt coordinator
Rick Skene .... stunt coordinator
Sean Skene .... stunt coordinator
Sean Skene .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Bergler .... b camera first assistant
John Clothier .... camera operator
Richard Doyle .... grip
Allen Fraser .... still photographer
Derek Hedley .... grip
Patrick Hogue .... assistant camera
Marcus James .... b camera operator
Steve Madden .... key grip
Aaron Mallin .... second assistant camera
Laurence Mardon .... gaffer
Mingan Nabess .... grip
Ben Stouffer .... lx best boy
Vince Syposh .... best boy
Robert Thomson .... a camera dolly grip
Ryan Wuckert .... d.i.t.
Casting Department
Shelly Anthis .... extras casting
Tami Nasu .... casting associate
Heidi Phillips .... extras casting assistant
Lisa Zach .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aaron Johnston .... costume assistant
Katelynd Johnston .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Rob Grant .... first assistant editor
Koah Kruse .... post production supervisor
Sepideh Merchant .... post-production assistant
Jonathan Shore .... post production supervisor
Lorne Wright .... colorist
Location Management
G. Thomas Arnold .... assistant location manager
Cliff Sumter .... location manager
Music Department
Hal Beckett .... music supervisor
Meagan Carsience .... music editor
Transportation Department
Denis Adams .... driver: honeywagon
Brian 'Shaky' Johnson .... transportation captain
Lisa Manchulenko .... driver: cast
John Mysyk .... transportation coordinator
Dave Perich .... driver: cast
Franklin Swark .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Dean Batiuk .... production assistant
Charlene Callihoo .... production accountant
Larry Chascewski .... production assistant
Neal Clarance .... chartered accountant
Cliff Ducharme .... production assistant
Janelle Dufton .... production assistant
Karyn Edwards .... legal: production
Helena Fleger .... assistant production coordinator
Katie Freestone .... craft service
Timothy Gassen .... technical advisor
Patrick Gratton .... production assistant
Rochelle Hykawy .... office production assistant
Robb Inniss .... assistant production coordinator: prep
Billy Keane .... hockey advisor
Tim Kiriluk .... stand-in
Kimberly Mikoluff .... production coordinator
Alanna Mills .... script supervisor
Holly Moore .... clearances
David Oland .... business & legal affairs
RoseAnna Schick .... publicist (as RoseAnne Schick)
Amanda Watchorn .... accounting clerk
Sharon Arends .... very special thanks
Jennifer Dimerman .... special thanks
Patti Henderson .... special thanks
Carole Ilitch .... very special thanks
Dave Mahoney .... special thanks
Louise O'Brien-Moran .... special thanks
Nick Ruta .... thanks: Executive VP Business Affairs, Nutmeg Productions
Carole Vivier .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Rated PG for rough hockey action, mild language, thematic elements and smoking
87 min
Filming Locations:

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In the beginning of the film during Gordie Howe's retirement ceremony we see Howe's number raised to the rafters of Olympia Stadium. This raising shows the banners of Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel. While both players played along side Howe their numbers were not retired until 1991 and 1995 respectively. At the time of Howe's ceremony the only other retired number was Larry Aurie's #6 (an honor that would later be stripped from Aurie by current Wings owner Mike Ilitch)See more »
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A Man For All Seasons and a Legendary Hockey Hero, 1 November 2013
Author: Ed-Shullivan

A person would need to be born before 1950 or 1960 to truly appreciate what Gordie Howe meant to professional ice hockey in North America. More importantly all the professional hockey players who succeeded Gordie Howe in the National Hockey League (NHL) through the past four decades need to bestow credit and praise on Gordie Howe for raising awareness between the disparity between what the NHL owners were raking in in profits, and how NHL players salaries climbed after Gordie Howe un-retired from the NHL and signed with the WHA Houston Aeros. Due to Gordie Howe's and Mrs. Howe's endless loyalty to the management of the Detroit Red Wings, this biography depicts how the executives running the NHL believed they controlled what players would be making in salary and bonuses 'til death made them part. However, when the World Hockey Association (WHA) was trying to establish itself as the "other league", the NHL did not consider the WHA to be a serious threat to their monopoly because the two biggest hockey stars were playing for the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Black Hawks.

The two biggest names in the NHL in the 1960's and early 1970's were Gordie Howe (played extremely well by Michael Shanks) who held most of the NHL's prestigious scoring records, and the younger Bobby Hull (played by Lochlyn Munro) whose physical attributes reminded many of Hercules, and Bobby had a booming slap shot with the scoring touch. Mr. Hockey provides some good historical detail about the younger Bobby Hull's exodus to the WHA for an unheard of (for the time) one million dollars per year. Bobby signed with the WHA shortly after, the old guy, Gordie Howe retired from the Detroit Red Wings and took a job in their front office. The movie depicts how much Gordie was missing the on ice action and was enticed back in to professional hockey by the WHA as part of a three man deal Mrs. Colleen Howe arranged with the newly formed Houston Aeros, which allowed the biggest name in hockey, Mr. Hockey himself, get to play professional hockey with his two skilled sons Mark and Marty Howe.

In my humble opinion, any true hockey fan has to see this movie as a tribute not only to Gordie Howe, but to the entire Howe family whose legacy is a life in hockey itself. This movie gives us all some insight in to the close knit Howe family ran by mom Colleen, played well by Kathleen Robertson, their daughter Cathy Howe, played by Emma Grabinsky, and Gordie and Colleen's two sons, Mark played by Andrew Herr and Marty played by Dylan Playfair.

On a personal note, I had the opportunity of a life time to meet with Mr. Howe during a stopover in a Boston airport late one evening. I approached him very gingerly as he sat alone. I respected his right to privacy, and he appeared to be suffering from a bit of jet lag. Mr. Howe could not have been nicer to me, he insisted I sit down and converse with him. We talked for a good 10 to 15 minutes. He asked if I had any children and if I would like his autograph for my boys. I told him I did not want to bother him, but instead he asked what their names were and he wrote a special something for each of my sons.

Mr. Hockey portrays Gordie Howe as a father first, a hockey legend, a six time winner of the Art Ross trophy winner, a sports celebrity who always gave his autograph freely.....but put skates on this man and a hockey stick in his hand and look out for "Old Elbows"!!!!

All hockey fans should see this Made For TV Movie, which is a deserved tribute to the single most important man in professional hockey both for his scoring prowess and his longevity. Gordie Howe played at the highest level of the game well in to his 50's, he truly is an amazing man our Mr. Hockey, and because of the class act Gordie Howe has been for his entire life this film deserves nothing less than a perfect 10/10, just as Gordie Howe has always been a perfect 10. Thanks for so many great memories Mr. Hockey!

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