Gordie Howe interviewed during Detroit Red Wings 1997 Stanley Cup celebration (VIDEO)

The Detroit Red Wings regular season is just around the corner. And while this season will be a completely different experience for everyone involved, we’re looking forward to kicking off the 95th chapter of the historic franchise.

Each day as the season draws closer, we’ll be posting a tribute piece to a player who wore the corresponding jersey number to the days remaining until hockey is back.

As there are nine days until Detroit’s regular season opener against Carolina, we’re continuing our countdown by remembering when one of the greatest legends to ever lace up a pair of skates was on hand to watch the team he starred for reclaim the Stanley Cup – 42 years after he raised the fame trophy.

Mr. Hockey himself Gordie Howe was on hand to watch the Red Wings sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena. Take a look at what he had to say while interviewed by CBC’s Ron MacLean during the on-ice celebration:

We sure miss Gordie!