Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story

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Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story
Film poster
Written byMalcolm MacRury
Directed byAndy Mikita
StarringMichael Shanks
Kathleen Robertson
Martin Cummins
Music byJames Jandrisch
Country of originCanada
United States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersIan Dimerman
Brendan Ferguson
Brendon Sawatzky
CinematographyJames Alfred Menard
EditorJason Dale
Running time87 minutes
Production companiesBrightlight Pictures
Mike Ilitch Jr Productions
David E. Kelley Productions
Original release
ReleaseApril 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)

Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story is a Canadian-American television film, which premiered in 2013.[1] Directed by Andy Mikita, the film centres on hockey legend Gordie Howe's 1973 return to playing hockey with the new Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association.[2]

The film stars Michael Shanks as Howe, Kathleen Robertson as his wife Colleen Howe and Martin Cummins as Aeros coach Bill Dineen, as well as Lochlyn Munro, Dylan Playfair, Andrew Herr and Donnelly Rhodes in supporting roles.[3]

The film premiered on April 28, 2013, on CBC Television in Canada, and May 4, 2013, on Hallmark Channel in the United States.



The film received four Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards, for Best TV Movie (Shanks), Best Lead Actor in a Television Film or Miniseries (Shanks), Best Lead Actress in a Television Film or Miniseries (Robertson) and Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries (Mikita).[4] In 2020, the film was scheduled for rebroadcast on CBC's Movie Night in Canada, its temporary replacement for Hockey Night in Canada during the NHL shutdown in the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

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  1. ^ "Movie traces life of legend Gordie Howe". Telegraph-Journal, April 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Bill Harris, "CBC scores with Howe bio". Edmonton Journal, April 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Graham Rockingham, "The ultimate hockey mom: Kathleen Robertson takes on the iconic role of Gordie Howe's wife, Colleen". Hamilton Spectator, April 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Randall King, "Local people, shows up for national honours". Winnipeg Free Press, January 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Debra Yeo, "CBC turns ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ into ‘Movie Night in Canada’". Toronto Star, March 17, 2020.

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