When Gordie died on Tuesday, his life’s work was over.
His legacy has been passed down to the next generation of players and fans.
So it was no surprise to hear Blues President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announce on Friday that the club would celebrate Gordy Howe’s birthday on Feb. 20 with a new Gordie ring.
“Gordie Howe is an icon,” Armstrong said.
“He embodied everything we are all about.
He’s been a mentor to so many people and the people of St. Louis and St. Paul.
We’re proud to have the opportunity to celebrate his life with the new Gordi Ring.
He’ll always be remembered as one of the greatest and most respected players in the history of the NHL.
I know he’s going to be incredibly proud of what he did for us and the Blues.”
The new Gordies, which were made available by Blues fans to the general public, feature the iconic numbers on the inside.
“I think the most important thing that we’ve done here is we’ve given everybody the opportunity and the chance to enjoy the Gordie Ring,” Armstrong added.
“I think it will be an iconic ring for many years to come and will be a very good way to mark the occasion.”
For Gordie, the new ring will mark his 70th year in the NHL, but the day is not over yet.
In a nod to his longevity, the Blues have released a special commemorative commemorative jersey with the number engraved on the left breast.
The new Gordy jersey will be available at all Blues home and away games starting Feb. 18.
“We’re so proud of the legacy of Gordie,” Armstrong continued.
“When I was a young kid, I wanted a Gordi, and Gordi made it happen for me.
I love his work, his passion, and his passion for his fans.
It’s a great way for us to honor him.”
The jersey will feature the number “10” in the middle of the front, the same number as Howe’s number.
Armstrong said the jersey will also feature the words, “Gordi Howe was the best player in the world.”
“This Gordi is just so much fun,” Armstrong explained.
“It’s going into a store, it’s going on a plane, and you’re going to wear it on the ice.”
The Gordie Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring Howe, announced on Wednesday that it has raised more than $6.8 million to fund the Gordi anniversary.