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Gordie Howe's life and legacy celebrated at Detroit funeral

Gordie Howe could break a lobster claw with his fingers, one of his sons said, and make people melt in his hands with his kindness and humility.

With a nod to the two dominant personas of Mr. Hockey, his family was joined by hundreds of friends and acquaintances Wednesday for a funeral service to bid farewell to one of the NHL's greatest players.

Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Scotty Bowman, Gary Bettman and dozens of current and past players, coaches and executives were in attendance at the public service, including fans decked out in Detroit Red Wings gear.

"The people paying their respects, including who's who of hockey, shows the impact that he had," Red...