“Wayne Gretzky’s 20 questions with Gordie Howe: Mr. Hockey talks WHA gimmicks, advice for kids and the ‘code’” by the Canadian Press via National Post.
Wayne Gretzky: “One difference between the game today and the way it was played when you were an annual all-star was that you played in an era ruled by a more straightforward “code.” You and other superstars mixed it up and watched your own backs. What do you think of the modern NHL’s pests, who slow the game down and try to draw penalties?”
Gordie Howe: “There were not many pests in the old days because you had to back up the words that came out of your mouth. If you couldn’t back up your words you wouldn’t last very long. I never said a lot on the ice but when I did I meant it.”