"Gordie Howe—Mr Hockey to you—didn't need his stick, his hockey stick, to plaster his opponents against the boards. Nor did he have to wave his blade, Tim-Dr. Hook-McCracken1 style, in order to fill the other team with fear. No, sir. Old Number 9 relied almost solely on his elbows to raise temperatures on the ice and score goals.
Statistically speaking, McShane and Wyner emulate Howe by applying a forearm check to the throat to Mann's proxy reconstruction of temperature, cracking his hockey stick irreparably, leaving his models sprawling on the ice".