From a media release:
WITNESS GORDIE HOWEâ€™S LEGENDARY HOCKEY COMEBACK IN THE UPCOMING CBC-TV MOVIE, MR. HOCKEY: THE GORDIE HOWE STORY
- MR. HOCKEY airs Sunday April 28 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television
The inspirational MR. HOCKEY: THE GORDIE HOWE STORY tells the tale of hockey legend Gordie Howeâ€™s epic return to the ice to play with his sons. Airing Sunday, April 28 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television, MR. HOCKEY depicts the Howe family as they prepare for a comeback that has been labeled â€œthe biggest publicity stunt in hockey history.â€
MR. HOCKEY stars Canadian actor Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1, Saving Hope) as Gordie Howe. Hamilton native, film and television actress Kathleen Robertson (Boss, 90210) plays the compelling role of Gordieâ€™s wife and manager, Colleen Howe. Gordieâ€™s son Marty Howe is played by former prospective professional hockey player and actor Dylan Playfair; Playfairâ€™s real-life roommate, actor Andy Herr, plays the role of younger brother Mark Howe.
The film follows the captivating tale of Gordie Howe, undoubtedly one of the most beloved and iconic professional hockey stars of his era, as he returns to the rink for the chance to play pro hockey alongside his sons Mark and Marty. Viewers will get the chance to witness Gordieâ€™s attempt to fulfill his lifelong dream, as he and the boys are selected to play for the Houston Aeros in the fledgling WHA league. Set in the 1970s, the movie explores themes surrounding family, dreams, pride, and of course, Canadaâ€™s most popular game â€” hockey. Fans wonâ€™t be able to stop themselves from cheering for the Howe boys to bring home the Cup.
Joining Michael Shanks and Kathleen Robertson is Lochlyn Munro (Charmed, 21 Jump Street) as Bobby Hull; Emma Grabinsky (Knockout) as Cathy Howe; Graham Mayes (The Plague) as Murray Howe; and Martin Cummings (Poltergeist) as Bill Dineen.
In addition to the challenge of playing real people, the actors had to be prepared to play hockey like the Howes. Overseeing the hockey action was hockey consultant Billy Keene.