"You've got to love what you're doing," Howe once said. "If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time."
Gordie Howe, known as 'Mr. Hockey,' dies at 88 →
"He was saying, 'Take me out back and shoot me,'" recalled Murray Howe, a diagnostic radiologist.
Hockey great Gordie Howe makes gritty fight back from stroke →