Saturday, May 4, 2013

Review: Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story

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.

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