Gordie Howe was in Montreal for an Eaton’s appearance tour in the 1970’s, and while there he did a T.V. taping session with singer Anne Murray. The taping was at the Forum, and Anne wore Howe’s sweater while Howe wore John Ferguson’s.
Murray was quoted in Gerry Patterson’s book “Behind The Superstars” as saying to Howe, “This is my girlfriend’s coat and she wants you to touch it all over. But wait till I put it on.”
Howe playfully asked Patterson, “Hey, corporate coordinator, I’ve got Fergy’s sweater on. Is it okay if I attack her?”
Just some good, old-fashioned flirting.
Gerry Patterson, who passed away in 2005, ran a successful sports management team that looked after the affairs of Jean Beliveau, Howe, Guy Lafleur, Rusty Staub, Nancy Greene, and many others.