The world of hockey is one we rarely touch upon, but the NHL recently lost a true great when Gordie Howe passed away two weeks ago. Gordie was a unique #2 BEAR, and was one of the first hockey players to be able to “shoot the puck with his left and right hand equally strong, or with one hand and whip it up in the top corner. That’s how strong and powerful Gordie Howe was,” says Terrie Crisp, who played in the league from 1965 to 1977.

The New York Times wrote only this week:  He was a smooth-as-silk skater, a DiMaggio on the ice, effortless, it seemed. And yet he played all out, and played. In 17 seasons he never missed a game. In two other seasons he missed only one and yet he played his last 20 years with a permanent twitch as a result of a concussion.

Do you recall BTI’s long-reported DiMaggio Brain Type? You guessed it, sports fans, not an uno, tres, or cuatro, but numero dos! No small wonder, genetically, that this NY Times comparison between Howe and DiMaggio is spot on. As all BT aficionados know, even a #2 who’s never played a minute of sports has the same inborn, Right brain dominant gross motor giftedness. Yet, it must be developed to bring out this latent beauty.

Howe set NHL records with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until a young player by the name of Wayne Gretzky (#6 BEIR) came along. Gretzky tweeted that Howe was the “greatest hockey player ever and the nicest man he ever met.” Howe was indeed kind, soft spoken, and self-effacing, true to his inborn design (though we needn’t remind readers of the those #2s who are a bit more arrogant largely due to nurture). People in Michigan flocked to his funeral to pay their respects, and “to talk to those in line was to realize that Gordie Howe must have met everyone in Michigan at some point. They all had a story.”

As another author put it, “On the ice, his game face fixed before the puck dropped, he was mean, fierce, unrelenting.” However, “off the ice, he was everyone’s favorite uncle. Built like a boxer, he was startlingly polite, humble, self-deprecating, and gracious. He smiled all the time.”

And lastly, “Gordie Howe was a singular talent, imbued with a grace and dignity, a manner and serenity all equally unique as his playing excellence.”

Written by: Staff
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