Mr. Hockey made strong impression on Wings’ Larkin

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Mark Howe with his late father Gordie Howe at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit — The thing that stands out the most for Dylan Larkin was the respect.

When Gordie Howe visited Joe Louis Arena for what turned out to be the last time in March, both the Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres stopped training and getting ready for that night’s game when Gordie Howe walked past both locker rooms.

“It was like the president was walking through,” said Larkin, 19, the Waterford native who starred for the Red Wings in his rookie season. “Just the respect from both teams, everyone just stopped what they were doing and paid their respects to Mr. Howe.”

Despite growing up in the Metro Detroit area and being around hockey his entire life, that evening was the first time Larkin met Howe.

“I was able to get a picture and we talked for a brief moment, it was a special memory I’ll have,” Larkin said.

The impact of players such as Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio, among others, is leaving an impression with Larkin at this stage of his young career.

Larkin respects the way the revered Red Wings alumni carry themselves around other people.

“You watch them, how they interact, and they really set an example,” Larkin said. “A guy like Mr. Howe, you see his popularity in Detroit and all the things he accomplished and his popularity, how people love him and how highly people think of him, it really leaves an impact.

“You know about the Stanley Cups he won and all he did (in hockey), but just the way he treated people, it was pretty amazing.”