Mrs. Hockey Colleen Howe dies at age 76
Mrs. Hockey - Colleen Howe, the wife of legendary hockey hall of famer Gordie Howe, passed away at the family home in the Detroit suburb Friday at the age of 76. She was suffering from frontal temporal dementia, an incurable neurological disease.
She was a successful business woman - being the first female hockey player agent. Colleen Howe was also the first woman to be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. She founded the Detroit Junior Red Wings and developed the first indoor ice arena "Gordie Howe Hockeyland" in the Detroit suburbs. Her list of accomplishments are incredible as she was also an award-winning video producer and author.
"We extend our deepest condolences to Gordie, Mark, Marty, Cathy, Murray and the entire Howe family," Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch said in a statement. "Colleen was a pioneer hockey wife and hockey mom and devoted her entire life to the betterment of the game. She will be sincerely missed by us and all who knew her."