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Howe gives thanks on Tuesday

Prior to the Flyers’ 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, Mark Howe spoke to a sellout crowd as his No. 2 was raised to the rafters. Flanked by his children, grandchildren, former wife and father Gordie, the 56-year-old spoke with grace and brevity. Below is a transcript of his remarks. “I stand before you today a proud yet humbled man.  I am being honored tonight in the presence of the two teams that have been a part of my life for the past 30 years.  In Detroit, I had the opportunity to play with the great Nick …

Howe’s #2 to be retired on March 6

And then there was five. Mark Howe will join the ranks of the illustrious in Flyers history, as he will have his #2 retired by the club prior to their March 6 game against the Detroit Red Wings, according to multiple sources. Makes sense, right? It will close a gap of 22 almost years since the last number was raised to the roof, then at the Spectrum, when Bill Barber saw his #7 elevated early in the 1990-91 season. Howe didn’t win a Stanley Cup during his 10-season tenure in Philadelphia, and he’ll be the first player so honored that didn’t …