“I’m watching these guys in awe and Gordie Howe picked up a whole bunch of snow on his stick and dumped it on my head. I thought that was the coolest thing that ever happened. Then he skated around and he looked at me again and he winked. For those three seconds, it was me and Gordie Howe and nobody else. It was little, it was small, it took nothing out of his time, but it resonated my whole life. So as a player, as I got older, I tried to reach out to fans, to reach out to kids.”
– Jeremy Roenick, on an encounter with Gordie Howe in Hartford when Roenick was seven years old.