Gordie Howe Biopic is Too Slick but Family Fun
Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story (Saturday - Hallmark Channel, 9pm) - They say the woman makes the man, but in this case, she makes
everything happen. Kathleen Robertson (Boss, Tin Man) stars as the
late Colleen Howe, wife to Detroit Red Wings
giant Gordie (now 85) and son wannabes Mark and Marty.
The men of the
family made 1970s hockey history by playing together on the Houston
Aeros, champs of the insurgent NHL-rival World Hockey Association.
Gordie gets title billing -- and Michael Shanks (Stargate shows, Saving Hope)
makes a suitably humble "old man" Howe -- but this movie's motive power
is Mrs. Hockey's behind-the-scenes nudging, negotiating and wrangling
of her men.