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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
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
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
G. Thomas Arnold .... assistant location manager
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)
Cliff Sumter .... location manager
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:

Did You Know?

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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Gordie Howe's Comeback Season, 28 April 2014
Author: sddavis63 ( from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

This made for TV movie is ambitiously titled, and therefore maybe a bit misleading. "Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story" can't really be said to live up to its title. It's basically about Gordie's comeback season in 1973-74. Retired for two years, and unhappily holding an executive position with his beloved Detroit Red Wings which gave him no involvement with the hockey operation, Howe was suddenly given a reason to make a comeback when the Houston Aeros of the upstart WHA drafted his two sons, Mark and Marty. Wanting to live out a lifelong dream, Gordie signs with the Aeros and returns to the game at the age of 45.

There's a lot in this movie that comes across as authentic. The rivalry between the NHL and the WHA is demonstrated through the bitterness of Red Wing owner Bruce Norris and Maple Leaf owner Harold Ballard. But much of this revolves around the internal dynamics of the Howe family - reluctantly moving to Texas so that Gordie could live this dream. The movie doesn't soft pedal the awkwardness of the situation faced by Marty and Mark. Gordie was a great hockey player - but also a tough one, nicknamed "Elbows" for his willingness to take out opponents and defend his team-mates. But, of course, when he does that for Marty and Mark, it only embarrasses them. Gordie becomes obsessed with proving that he belongs, obsessed with winning the scoring title, obsessed with leading the Aeros to the championship - sometimes at the expense of his family.

I thought the portrayal of Colleen Howe was a bit weak. She more or less ran the careers of Gordie, Marty and Mark, but we really didn't see that, except for one scene in which she negotiates with the Aeros' general manager.

Gordie's comeback is a worthy story. After the NHL-WHA merger, he played in the NHL until the age of 51 - an amazing accomplishment in a fast paced and rough game. It's a good portrayal of one very important WHA season. (6/10)

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