BY: Bruce Berlet
HOWE TO THE HALL
Mark Howe was making the one-hour drive from his beach house in Beach Haven, N.J., to his home in Jackson, N.J., on Tuesday afternoon when his cell phone rang.
Howe said reception in the area isn’t always good, but the connection lasted long enough for him to hear the news that he wasn’t sure would ever come.
In his lucky 13th year of eligibility, Howe was one of four new members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, joining father Gordie and former teammates Ron Francis, Dave Keon, and Bobby Hull, as well as Paul Coffey as Hartford Whalers to earn the honor.
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We only had a few opportunities to speak with E.J. McGuire. Sure we could have written something that would have sounded either totally disconnected and written like some heartless obituary. Instead we decided to speak to a few of the people who knew him best and get their thoughts on the loss of not only the Hartford Wolf Pack’s first coach, but their friend and colleague.
After reading this story, we hope you’ll share your recollections of this truly fine person.
We’ll start with Gerry Cantelon who has been covering hockey in the state of Connecticut for the Associated Press and Waterbury Republican-American, Elm City Citizen Newspapers and Hat Trick magazine, plus numerous independent hockey publications and websites for more years than any of us care to remember. He has covered the Hartford Wolf Pack, and later the Connecticut Whale from day one and of all of the reporters around knew McGuire best.
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