As we mourn the passing and celebrate the career of Gordie Howe, a Hollywood connection is revealed.

TheMilkyTea via YouTube
TheMilkyTea via YouTube

When the producers of Ferris Bueller's Day Off contacted hockey legend Gordie Howe about using his jersey, he happily sent them one.

In a 2009 Q&A with Sports Illustrated, Mr. Hockey disclosed:

They [the producers of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"] asked me for the jersey and I sent it out. It was nice seeing the No. 9 on the big screen. I had a lot of proud moments in that jersey.

-Gordie Howe

Thus did the sweater of a Red Wings hockey legend become a part of John Hughes' iconic film about skipping school.

Why would a character in a movie set in Chicago sport Detroit's winged wheel? USA Today reports "the reason for Cameron’s attire is that Hughes, a die-hard hockey fan, was born in Michigan and grew up loving Detroit’s team, the city’s pride and joy."

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