Tom Renney’s statement on the passing of Gordie Howe

Tom Renney

“The hockey community has lost one of its great ambassadors with the passing of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe.

First and foremost, Gordie was a great Canadian, and shared a passion for the game that inspired so many others to pursue their hockey dreams. Though he may have only officially represented Canada once on the ice in the ’74 Summit Series, Gordie was emblematic of our great country’s values and represented the maple leaf as an international sports icon throughout his career and life. He represented everything Canadians want in their sport heroes – toughness, humility, skill, and impact. I hold Gordie Howe amongst Canada’s greatest contributions to sport, and to our nation’s culture. He made us all proud to be Canadian.

“On behalf of myself and my family, as well as Hockey Canada’s staff, board of directors, our chair Joe Drago, our volunteers, and the more than 750,000 members of Hockey Canada, we want to express our sincerest condolences to the Howe family. Our memories of Gordie will be ones we cherish, always.”

–        Tom Renney, president and CEO, Hockey Canada