CBC's Gordie Howe biopic to air later this month

The made-for-TV movie Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story will air on CBC stations April 28, with Michael Shanks and Kathleen Robertson starring as hockey's first couple in the biopic.

Film is set in the 1970s

Canadian actor Michael Shanks, seen in October, will have big skates to fill in portraying Gordie Howe. (Lionel Cironneau/Canadian Press)

The story of Mr. Hockey is headed to CBC later this month.

The made-for-TV movie Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story will air April 28 at 8 p.m. ET on local CBC stations.

Set in the 1970s, it follows Howe's return to the ice at age 45, as he and his sons are selected to play for the Houston Aeros in the fledgling WHA league.

Saving Hope star Michael Shanks plays Howe and former Beverly Hills 90210 co-star Kathleen Robertson portrays Howe's late wife and manager Colleen.

The film was produced by Brightlight Pictures Inc. and Inferno Pictures Inc., in association with CBC

Howe celebrated his 85th birthday in early March.

His family revealed just over a year ago that the hockey legend has a mild form of dementia.