Howie Glover, an original six NHL player, former Kitchener Greenshirt, and school crossing guard, at the age of 82 has become our Minor Atom Red “Local Hero” and #1 fan.
It was early September when our boys began tryouts. School was back, and so was “Howie the Crossing Guard.” Four of our team members, Aiden, Matteo, Nathan, and Ryan all attend St. John Paul II Catholic School in Kitchener. They were all fortunate enough to be placed in the same classroom with a fantastic teacher and hockey mom, Mrs. Grein. What a great fit to begin the hockey season. Little did we know the “fit” was about to get even better! As we moved closer to our first game of the season, “Howie the Crossing Guard” as everyone knows him, took a real shine to the four boys with their new Jr. Rangers hockey jackets crossing at his crosswalk every day.
Howie has always been kind and outgoing to everyone that passes by him near the school. However, this special connection with the four boys seemed different somehow. Howie began offering the boys positive encouragement to work hard and have fun while playing the game they love.
It didn’t take long for Howie to ask one of our parents, “When do these boys play?”
That parent was Theresa Ertel, and she decided to print off the team schedule and bring it to Howie the next day as her son was crossing at Howie’s crosswalk. Howie continued to talk hockey with the four boys and mentioned that he too “played a little hockey at one time.”
It turns out that humility is one of Howie’s finer traits because he played more than just “a little hockey.” Howie played on four of the original six hockey clubs in the 1950s and 60s. In fact, he played on a team with Gordie Howe. “Mr. Hockey” was Howie’s captain from 1960 until 1962, where Howie Glover scored 21 goals in his first season with the Detroit Red Wings.
What a wonderful lesson this has become for those four boys to remain humble, be kind, and you just never know what story someone else has lived. Howie Glover the crossing guard has since attended every one of those boys’ home games with his wife, Janet, and they have become our good luck charms. The team has a record of 9–1 to begin the season. Howie continues to offer plenty of positive advice to our boys and is always smiling. We have named Howie an Honorary Team Member of our club, and we couldn’t have asked for a better role model for our players. We would like to thank Howie for supporting our hockey team the way that Howie and his lovely wife, Janet, do.
I am excited to announce that Howie has since been recognized as our Community “Local Hero” with CTV news. I can’t think of a more deserving person than Howie to receive the title of “Local Hero.” Congratulations to our Minor Atom Red team member, Howie Glover!
Submitted by Kitchener Minor Hockey Association