When the legendary Mr. Hockey himself Gordie Howe passed away last June, the entire hockey world stood still in sadness.
For Wayne Gretzky, arguably the greatest hockey player in the history of the sport and easily of the National Hockey League, getting to meet his favorite player of all-time is a distinct memory that he will never forget.
Gretzky recalls being 10 years old and being asked to take part in a charity event that Howe was participating in. He told NPR:
“I remember three things: One, I was getting to meet Gordie. Two, I was going to get the day off school. And three, I was officially going to get my first suit.”
When his dad asked him how it was, he said: “Wow, he's nicer, bigger and better than even I had imagined him.”
Of course, Gretzky added that Howe’s on-ice persona had nothing to do with his class and amicable personality off the ice:
“Well he's so nice we don't care what he does on the ice.”