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May 5, 2013

HOPKINS: A movie's debut stirs hockey memories

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He thanked me for the kind introduction then corrected me that Bobby Hull — the father of the hated (in Buffalo) Brett — had also scored 1,000. “And I have a feeling we’ll be joined fairly soon by Wayne Gretzky.”

By The Great One’s mention, I had already squeezed my eyes and shook my head, upset with myself because I knew that Bobby Hull had reached 1,000 with the WHA’s WInnipeg Jets. Fortunately, I recovered for a smooth interview.

What was it like to receive that 10-minute ovation? What do you think of roller hockey? Does it have a future at the pro level? The best part of this interview was when he talked about how much he enjoyed watching his grandson play.

When we concluded the interview, I turned off the tape recorder and thanked him profusely. Tehn he smiled, looked at me like we were old friends.

“He’s a funny little guy, my grandson. He’ll put his skates on and challenge me to a race. ... “ We went on talking for about five minutes and if it weren’t for that pesky game I had to call, I might have stayed there and talked with him all night.

Not only is he Mister Hockey, but Gordie Howe is a gentleman and a fine example of how we should treat strangers: with kindness and respect.

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