Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 11/13/11
When the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame class was first revealed, Mark Howe was the story. Not only because his 13-year wait for induction called for both astonishment and scrutiny — the case for being the best defenseman not in the Hall was frequently made — but because he comes from hockey royalty. (The "defenseman" angle was always interesting, given how good he was on left wing in the WHA.) His enshrinement comes at a time when he can still experience this moment with his legendary father. Yahoo! Sports' Nick Cotsonika, who spoke with Mark and Gordie Howe ahead of Monday's induction, writes that there was also a downside to being the son of a legend: Mark said it wasn't tough for him, but "the toughest part is that you're carrying that name on your back." That name. He knew if he got into trouble, that name would be in the papers. He knew when he was on the ice, that name would draw attention and create certain expectations. "People would always make comparisons," Mark said. "Well, ...
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