Mark Letestu came this close to a Gordie Howe hat trick in a 2-1 overtime win against Anaheim. He had the goal (a game-winner, no less) and the assist; all that was missing was the fight.
Making the achievement all the more notable? It occurred on Mr. Hockey’s 85th birthday.
In addition to almost mustering up the perfect gift, the Blue Jackets were one of nine teams that recorded birthday wishes for the Red Wings great.
I wonder if it’s significant that the player the CBJ selected to be their ambassador was Brandon Dubinsky? His captain-like qualities have been remarked on, on a number of occasions.
The video, by the way, was a project of the Hallmark Channel, which is airing a special on Gordie Howe May 4th at 9 p.m. Hallmark Channel: When you care to watch a show about the very best.