Nine Lessons I Learned From My Father

Nine Lessons I Learned From My Father

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As a child, Murray Howe wanted to be like his father. He was an adult before he realized that didn't necessarily mean playing hockey.

Gordie Howe may have been the greatest player in the history of hockey, but greatness was never defined by goals or assists in the Howe household. Greatness meant being the best person you could be, not the best player on the ice.

Unlike his two brother, Murray Howe failed in his attempt to follow in his father's footsteps to become a professional athlete. Yet his failure brought him to the realization that his dream wasn't really to be a pro hockey player. His dream was to be his father. To be amazing at something, but humble and gracious. To be courageous, and stand up for the little guy. To be a hero. You don't need to be a hockey player to do that. What he learned was that it was a waste of time wishing you were like someone else.

When Gordie Howe passed away in 2016, it was Murray who was asked to deliver the eulogy. Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father takes the reader through the hours Murray spent writing the words that would give shape to his father's leagcy--the hours immediately after his hero's death, as he gathers his thoughts and memories, and makes sense of what his remarkable father meant to him. The result is nine pieces of wisdom, built out of hundreds of stories, that show us the man behind the legend and give us a glimpse of what we can learn from this incredible life.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Canada,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735234185
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jan 24, 2018

Almost a complete opposite to "Mommy dearest" where the author praised his father in 7 attributes that could apply to anybody not just hockey players.
Author painted more nuanced biography on his father & secondary autobiography.
I chuckled he was typical nerd (loved school & test) & closer to Lisa Simpson than jock of his father & two older brothers. Comment by Wayne Gretzky of "If I had 100% in English test, I wouldn't have to play hockey" interesting. Ditto on stem cell treatment on Gordie to improve quality of life, or visiting exotic Saskatoon.
Gordie & Colleen raising four upstanding kids who knew right & wrong their greatest legacy.
Compared that to couple who were children of two founders of Tim Horten who reduced benefits after Ontario minimum wage hike.
CBC movie within five years?

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