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Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story (2013)

The story of the 1973 hockey season when aging legend Gordie Howe returned to the ice at the age of 44.


Andy Mikita


Malcolm MacRury

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ali Tataryn ... Mary James
Andrew Kavadas ... Doug Harvey
Teach Grant ... Smoky McLeod
Lochlyn Munro ... Bobby Hull
Donnelly Rhodes ... NHL Lawyer
Graham Mayes Graham Mayes ... Murray Howe
Paul Magel Paul Magel ... Ted Taylor
Karl Thordarson ... Jack Stanfield
Brad Turner ... John Schella


The story of the 1973 hockey season when aging legend Gordie Howe returned to the ice at the age of 44.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rough hockey action, mild language, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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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 bynow former Wings owner Mike Ilitch) See more »


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Written by Al Dubin and Joseph A. Burke (as Joe Burke)
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wrong drama
10 February 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Hockey legend Gordie Howe (Michael Shanks) retires from the NHL in 1971. Two years later, his wife Colleen (Kathleen Robertson) is concerned that her sons are not allowed to be drafted due to the NHL's age limit rule. She pushes the drafting of her sons by the Houston Aeros in the upstart WHA. They are paid more than by the old school NHL owners. Gordie decides to come out of retirement to play with his boys.

This sports movie seems to be doing the championship route. I don't think it's the right drama. Gordie's drive to return to hockey has a little bit of drama early on but the championship drive has no drama at all. If there is any drama in the story, it's probably the merger of the two hockey leagues. The movie is more fun with the villainous NHL. Overall, I like the characters but the hockey lacks tension.

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