Gordie Howe movie focuses on 1st season with sons

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Gordie Howe, former Detroit Red Wings forward, stands next to a statue of himself at the Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. (AP Photo)

Gordie Howe, former Detroit Red Wings forward, stands next to a statue of himself at the Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. (AP Photo)

DETROIT (AP) – A fascinating part of Gordie Howe’s life has been turned into a TV movie.

“Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story” premieres Saturday night in the U.S. on the Hallmark Channel.

The focus of the film is on the World Hockey Association’s 1973-74 season, when the then 45-year-old Howe came out of retirement to play for the Houston Aeros with two of his sons, Mark and Marty.

Gordie Howe helped Houston win the WHA title and was MVP of the league that later merged with the NHL.

Michael Shanks plays the role of Gordie Howe and Kathleen Robertson portrays his late wife, Colleen Howe. Mike Ilitch Jr., whose father owns the Detroit Red Wings, is one of the executive producers.

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