Steve Yzerman

Hockey world pays homage to Gordie Howe

Hockey world pays homage to Gordie Howe

The bond between Red Kelly and Gordie Howe goes well beyond winning the Stanley Cup four times as teammates with the Detroit Red Wings.

Kelly brought it up in the first few minutes of a conversation about his former roommate and teammate, the legendary Howe, who died Friday at 88.

“He was the reason I met my wife, Andra,” Kelly said in a telephone interview Friday with The Times.

Howe was supposed to meet figure skating champion Barbara Ann Scott after an ice show in Detroit and rounded up Kelly to go along to dinner. As it turned out, Scott wasn’t on hand but they met another star skater, Andra McLaughlin.

“Andra was all fascinated...