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Gordie Howe Visits Tonda Elementary

Red Wings legend wows kids and adults alike and meets a miniature doppelganger.

Third graders at dressed in character Wednesday and performed short speeches about historic people. The project, which could be compared to a living wax museum, drew one real-life legend: Gordie Howe. Howe visited for two reasons: He came to see his son Murray Howe's nephew, Connor Moore, portray Ludwig van Beethoven. He also came face-to-face with Joey Tavian, who chose to portray the Detroit Red Wings' iconic No. 9.

Canton Patch arrived just as Howe was leaving but he kindly agreed to pose with his pup, Rocket. Revisit this page for more photos and video.

Jen June 08, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Mine of course is Gordie Howe.....not only because he is an amazing athlete, but because he is a wonderful man. He remains a loving husband, devoted father, and world class grandfather.
Kristin D. June 08, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Someday these kids will look back and realize how AWESOME it is that the greatest hockey player of ALL TIME came to visit their school! How cool! :) P.S. My favorite (retired) hockey player is Kirk Maltby.

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