February 06, 2015 - 10:29 AM
SASKATOON - Some of the greatest players in hockey history are paying tribute to Gordie Howe today in Saskatoon.
Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull, Brett Hull and Howe's sons Mark and Marty were on hand for a media availability ahead of tonight's celebrity sports dinner.
Gretzky says Howe has always been one of his idols and helped pave the way for him and others to enjoy success in the sport.
Howe holds NHL records for most games played and seasons played.
Brett Hull says when he played in Detroit, he often chatted with Howe about hockey, sports and life in the dressing room before games, conversations that he'll treasure.
The 86-year-old Howe suffered two disabling strokes late last year but his health has improved after he underwent a stem-cell treatment as part of a clinical trial in Mexico.
The Hall of Famer played on four Stanley Cup championship teams in Detroit during a 25-year stint that began in 1946.
"I don't think there's any question that if it wasn't for Gordie, and if it wasn't for Bobby Hull jumping to the WHA in 1972 that I might not be standing here today," Gretzky said. "So they definitely laid a path for guys like Wayne Gretzky to become professional athletes."
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