Known simply as Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe played 26 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1946 until 1971. Twenty-five of those seasons were with one team, the Detroit Red Wings, for whom he wore the number nine on his red and white jersey.
Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame just one year after leaving Detroit, but in 1973 the ambidextrous winger was back on the ice, this time in the fledging World Hockey Association for the Houston Aeros. Howe played four seasons with the Aeros, leading them to championships in two, and he capped his incredible career with three years in a Whalers uniform.
In his last season with the Whalers, 1979-1980, the Hartford-based team was made a part of the NHL. Howe played in all 80 of the team’s regular-season games, and he left the sport at age 52, the oldest player ever to suit up for the NHL.
Most of Howe’s scoring records were broken by Wayne Gretzky, who chose 99 as his Edmonton Oilers number as an homage to Howe. But Howe still holds numerous records relating to his amazing longevity.
Another milestone unlikely to be equaled is his place in history as the only player to be on the same team with two of his sons. Before Howe joined the Aeros in 1973, the team had already drafted his sons Mark (a top prospect) and Marty. Howe played with them in both Houston and Hartford.
Howe’s final appearance on the ice came in the 1997-1998 season as a member of the International Hockey League’s Detroit Vipers. He played one game at age 69, becoming the only player to skate professionally in six separate decades, which in Howe’s case meant the 1940s through the 1990s.
Because Howe got such an early start and lasted so long in the sport, there is a great deal of vintage hockey memorabilia associated with his years as a player. About the only thing you won’t find is a Howe rookie card because no one was printing hockey cards in the mid-to-late 1940s...
A Canadian company called Parkhurst produced the first Howe hockey card—it dates from the 1951-1952 season. Parkhurst was the only game in town until 1954, when Topps got into the hockey act.
Interestingly, a vintage Topps Howe hockey card from 1954, even one in mediocre condition, is more collectible than a higher-grade Parkhurst Howe hockey card from the same year. Also prized is the 1969 O-Pee-Chee card of Howe, which features the smiling veteran next to his nickname.
Other types of vintage Howe hockey collectibles include signed pucks, sticks, and jerseys—some collectors want one jersey from each of the teams Howe played for, but Red Wings jerseys are the most popular.
Paper collectibles, from tickets to programs, are also fan favorites. A pair of tickets from the night Howe broke Maurice “Rocket” Richards’ scoring record is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. As for programs, teams all over the league routinely put Howe’s photo on the covers of game-day programs, since Howe was often the main draw.
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Detroit Red Wings new home to be named Little Caesers Arenaisportsweb.com (blog), May 1st
Online petitions to change the name to the Gordie Howe Arena or the Caesars Colosseum appeared almost immediately after the announcement. Both petitions, though different in their name ideas, seemed to agree that the “Little Caesars Arena” was not an ...Read more
Next phase launched for Gordie Howe Sports Complex upgrades650 CKOM News Talk Radio, April 28th
The Saskatchewan Roughriders also announced they have acquired office space in the Gordie Howe Sports Complex. The next funding campaign for phase 4 is now underway. These Donations will fund the transportation and installation of the stands for ...Read more
Bike Paths Proposed on Gordie Howe BridgeWDET, April 25th
Executive Director Todd Scott says the goal is to encourage cyclists to explore the Detroit River using the new Gordie Howe Bridge. “We don't do too many maps that are international like this, that show both sides of the river,” Scott says. “So it was...Read more
Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Pro-Am Hockey Tournament Kicks Off in CalgaryMarketwired (press release), April 13th
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 13, 2016) - The 2016 Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Pro-Am Hockey Tournament is set to kick-off in Calgary this weekend. The world-class event will take place April 15 to 17 at Winsport Arena and will bring together local ...Read more
Gordie Howe Bridge has rare species looking for new homesCBC.ca, April 12th
The City of Windsor is looking for new homes for rare plants and animals that will be displaced by the new Gordie Howe International Bridge. Staff is recommending council direct the city's executive director of parks to provide relocation sites for...Read more
Mr. Hockey's legacy has never been forgotten in Saskatoon: 'We're a Prairie ...National Post, April 12th
SASKATOON — Mr. Hockey is still putting people in the seats in Saskatoon. The hockey legend, Gordie Howe, moved to Saskatoon when he was nine days old and over a stellar National Hockey League and World Hockey Association career helped put the ...Read more
Gordie Howe's legacy not forgotten in SaskatoonGlobalnews.ca, April 11th
The hockey legend, Gordie Howe, moved to Saskatoon when he was nine days old and over a stellar National Hockey League and World Hockey Association career helped put the city on the map. Howe was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1972...Read more
Approaching 88th birthday, Gordie Howe draws joy from family, hockeyDetroit Free Press, March 26th
His day begins with a breakfast befitting a legend. Gordie Howe turns 88 on Thursday, and though dementia has left him a man of few words, he exudes joy from what always mattered most to him — family, hockey, children. Howe is doing so well, in fact...Read more