“Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story,” starring Michael Shanks and Kathleen Robertson, premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, on Hallmark Channel.
Details on the movie, provided by Hallmark Channel, are as follows:
The world knows him as “Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe, and gave him that unique distinction because of his unprecedented accomplishments he achieved as the only player to have ever competed in the NHL in five different decades. Gordie is arguably one of the greatest all around hockey players in history, and a true inspiration for his incredible courage, determination and passion to the sport. Now, his legacy will be reignited in the U.S. television premiere of the Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story.” The film not only captures the essence of both the player and the man that defined Gordie, but also jointly tells the story of his wife Colleen, to whom the film is dedicated and who brokered the deal that amazingly brought her husband back to professional hockey at age 45. “Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story” stars Michael Shanks (“Stargate SG-1″) as Gordie and Kathleen Robertson (“Beverly Hills 90210″) as Colleen, depicting the true story of Gordie’s return to the ice after his retirement to play in the pros and win a championship with his sons Mark (Andrew Herr) and Marty (Dylan Playfair), marking the first time in history this has ever been done in team sports. Even though hockey is a young man’s game, and Gordie had the usual aches and pains of a man who played more than two decades in a rough sport, he couldn’t resist the chance to compete alongside his boys. People feared for the safety of the man known as “Mr. Hockey,” but he proved all of the skeptics wrong and returned to the ice triumphantly, scoring goals and piling up assists with the same zeal as he had in the NHL. His team, the Houston Aeros, won consecutive championships with Gordie leading the charge, and he was voted the trophy as the World Hockey Association’s Most Valuable Player in 1974. Many had clearly underestimated Gordie’s fierce determination to succeed. And that was equaled by the strength of Colleen, who became the first female sports agent and the first woman ever to be honored by a major hockey hall of fame. She passed away in 2009 at age 76 from Pick’s disease, a rare and incurable form of progressive dementia. But Colleen’s legacy lives on and shines just as brightly as that of Gordie, a living legend who turned the impossible into the triumphant.
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