With the exception of Terry Fox, few figures are more impressively, upstandingly Canadian than professional hockey legend Gordie Howe, a twenty-three time NHL All Star and four-time Stanley Cup champion. A heartfelt drama and a celebration of one of the greatest players to ever take the ice, Mr. Hockey is based on Howe's life.
The film focuses on one specific period in Howe's professional and personal life, when he emerged from retirement to play professionally alongside sons Marty and Mark Howe on the Houston Aeros.
Here's the official synopsis:
Hockey great Gordie Howe retired after 25 winning seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. But he realized that retirement just didn’t work for him… When his son’s were drafted to the Houston Aeros he came out of retirement to join the team! He was written off by many, who thought he was too old to be playing competitively. Through hard work, perseverance, and the loving support of his wife and family, he and his sons managed to prove the critics wrong by winning several championships for the team!
Directed by Andy Mikita (Transporter: The Series) and written by Malcolm MacRury (The Man Without a Face), Mr. Hockey stars Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1, the upcoming Elysium) as Gordie Howe. The film also features Kathleen Robertson (Boss), Lochlyn Munro (The Company You Keep), Emma Grabinsky (Knockout), Dylan Playfair (Grave Encounters 2), and Andrew Herr, making his feature film debut.
Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story is set to hit Blu-ray and DVD exclusively at Walmart stores on May 7, 2013, followed by wide availability on July 9, 2013.
Tangentially related movie trivia: The jersey that Cameron wears in Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings number 9 jersey. Ferris gets all the attention, but Cameron clearly has the taste.