An Evening with Murray Howe

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November 12, 2017, 7 pm
City Opera House, Traverse City
Guest host: Ron Jolly
Event Sponsor: Centre Ice 

Doors open at 6 pm with live music, cash bar and Morsels sweet treats. Q & A and book signing post event.

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Admission: $15.50/Reserved seats $25.50/Premium Reserved seats (plus ticket fees)

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A poignant look at a luminary through his son’s eyes


In Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father, Murray Howe’s upcoming memoir about his hockey-legend dad, Gordie Howe, the author shows readers the man behind the hockey mask.

Over the course of his twenty-five-season NHL career playing for the Detroit Red Wings, Gordie Howe set numerous records. Of the 21 consecutive seasons he was a top-ten leading scorer, he was the top scorer for ten. Gordie was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971 and received the NHL’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Nine Lessons I Learned From My FatherIn his book, Murray remembers his personal hero, who also happens to be a national hero, as a man of great principle and a wellspring of generosity. He recounts the outpouring of admiration that followed his dad’s passing, an experience that demonstrated the full greatness of his father—not the legend, but the person of deep integrity, at once a luminary and a common role model.

The youngest of Gordie’s three sons, Murray Howe practices radiology as the head of Sports Medicine Imaging at Toledo Radiological Associates in Ohio. Unlike his brothers, he didn’t inherit his father’s athleticism. He aspired to his dad in other ways. In Nine Lessons, the author considers the true significance of greatness, stepping back from the hockey all-star to pay tribute to the ordinary goodness of an extraordinary man. That man just so happened to be “Mr. Hockey.”


Ron Jolly, the 21-year host of WTCM NewsTalk 580, is author of The Northern Michigan Almanac, co-author of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Almanac, and a former columnist for Traverse City Business News. His radio career includes stops in Lansing, Saginaw, and Monroe, and a statewide show on Michigan Talk Radio Network. His news reporting has garnered numerous awards from UPI and the Michigan Radio News Network. Prior to broadcasting Ron worked as a Congressional Page in the House of Representatives. He is highly active on several boards and works on behalf of youth. He lives in Acme with his wife Laura, two dogs and an extensive collection of books about northern Michigan.