Officials mistake players numbers all the time it happens in every sport. It is one thing if that number is on the ice. It's another when it is the number of one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.
Gordie Howe was laid to rest this afternoon, following a internationally televised funeral ceremony from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. On Tuesday, a twelve hour visitation at the Joe Louis Arena drew fans from all over the world.