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.

About our sources | Got something to add?

▼ Expand to read the full article ▼

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Beehive Hockey Photo Museum

Beehive Hockey Photo Museum

This easy-to-navigate site contains a complete inventory of the 1,026 Bee Hive Hockey Photos (organized by team and… [read review or visit site]

Scott Petterson’s personal collection of vintage ice hockey memorabilia focuses on the history of the Portland Bu… [read review or visit site]

Most watched eBay auctions    

Gordie Howe "mr. Hockey" Signed Autograph Detroit Red Wings Hockey Puck SteinerGordie Howe Nicklas Lidstrom Bobby Hull Chris Chelios Jonathan Toews Auto 9/101953 Parkhurst #50 Gordie Howe1954-55 Topps # 8 Gordie Howe Nr-mint (minimum Size)Near Complete Set 1979-80 O-pee-chee Opc Includes Howe, Lafleur, Hull, Bossy!1954-55 Parkhurst #92 Harry Lumley Stops Gordie Howe /ron Stewart Ksa Graded 7.52013-14 Panini Prime Gordie Howe Prime Colors /3 Whalers Nhl Hof Rare!!!Gordie Howe Autographed Detroit Red Wings Logo Puck- Gai Coa14/15 Inthegame Gordie Howe Complete Jersey Gold 2/7 Detroit Redwings Ssp Rare 1954 Parkhurst #41 Gordie Howe2014-15 Itg Ultimate Memorabilia Stick Rack Yzerman Fedorov Howe 1/5!Nhl Hof'er Gordie Howe & Sid Abel Signed 'detroit Red Wings' Puck W/ Coa1954-55 Topps # 8 Gordie Howe Bvg 7.5 Nm+Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings Autographed Puck With Coa (the Score Board Inc.)Andy Pettite Steve Howe New York Yankee Stadium Photograph Psa/dna Loa1946 - 1947 Detroit Red Wings Program - Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe2014-15 Itg Ultimate Mem Enshrined Auto Jersey Gold - Gordie Howe #5/5 =ebay 1/1Gordie Howe Autograph Signed Vtg Detroit Red Wings 1970 Nhl Felt Pennant Auto NrGordie Howe / Delvecchio / Kelly 2012-13 Panini Classic Signatures Auto 14/25Vintage 1971-72 Topps Hockey Set Complete 1-132 Good To Very Good Howe Dryden13/14 Gordie Howe Steve Yzerman Lidstrom Captain C Game Used Quad Jersey Patch1969-70 O-pee-chee #193a Gordie Howe "mr. Hockey" (no Card Number)Gordie Howe/yzerman/zetterberg 2012-13 The Cup Triple Jersey #25/25 Red Wings1971-72 O-pee-chee Special Collector's Card #262 Gordie Howe "mr. Hockey" #31971-72 O-pee-chee Special Collector's Card #262 Gordie Howe "mr. Hockey" #2Gordie Howe Autographed Puck CoaAutographed Gordie Howe And Maurice Richard - Oct. 1956 Sports Revue Magazine 1960's Eatons Autograpghed Signed Gordie Howe Eatons Post Card1970-71 O-pee-chee All Star #238 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings1970-71 O-pee-chee All Star As1 #238 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings2009-10 Opc Premier Remnants Triple Auto Jersey #ar3gh Gordie Howe 13/25Gordie Howe Autographed P.m.p 5030 Sher-wood Hockey StickGordie Howe Signed Autographed Limited Edition Lithograph 22x351971-72 O-pee-chee Special Collector's Card #262 Gordie Howe "mr. Hockey" #11974 Original Photo Gordie Howe & Bobby Hull Hockey Hofers Signing AutographGordie Howe 2013-14 National Treasures Auto Dual Patch Whalers /2513-14 National Treasures Gordie Howe 1/1 Printing Plate Dominion 2013 PaniniGordie Howe Signed Framed 8x10 W/coa, Dsa Authentication2012-13 Dominion Mammoth Patch Gordie Howe /51995 Book And ...howe Signed By Colleen Howe & Gordie Howe AutobiographyJean Beliveau Gordie Howe Bobby Orr Signed Autographed Original Six 16x20 Psa 1961-62 Parkhurst - Gordie Howe #20# 100 O-p-chee 1975-1976 Gordie Howe Houston Aeros 1967 Original Photo Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings Mr. Hockey Nice1971-72 Topps Hockey #70 Gordie Howe Bvg Graded 6 (ex-mt)Opc O-pee-chee Hockey - Lot Of 6 Gordie Howe Cards2009-10 Opc Premier Gold Spectrum #15 Gordie Howe 3/10Wayne Gretzky & Gordie Howe Dual Signed Plate Autographed Sp #388/1851 Gartlan2012 Panini Golden Age Mini Lot (126) Joe Dimaggio Gordie Howe Crofts Backs ++++1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey Reprint Sealed Set Howe Richard Rc 1979 - 1980 Detroit Red Wings Program - Gordie Howe2012-13 Classics Signatures #25 ~ Gordie HoweItg Lord Stanley's Mug Decades 50s Sawchuk Lindsay Gordie Howe Jersey /9Gordie Howe On Card Auto #73/500 2000 Upper Deck Hawaii Detroit Red Wings Rare12-13 Crown Royale Royale Lineage Materials #23 Gordie Howe/shanahan/verbeek Sp1999 Upper Deck Power Deck Auxilary Power Set Aux 1-20 Gretzky Orr Howe Jagr Roy1964 - 1965 Detroit Red Wings Program - Hall, Hull, Howe1971-72 Topps Gordie Howe #70 Hof Detroit Red Wings 2012-13 Gordie Howe Panini Classics Signatures #1Gordie Howe Autograph Lot Of (3) 8 X10, 5x7, Cut

Recent News: Gordie Howe Memorabilia

Source: Google News

Notes: Gordie Howe 'miles ahead of where he was weeks ago', December 17th

There appears to be some good news for Gordie Howe and for his fans in his hometown. Howe, 86, has been recovering from a severe stroke that he suffered Oct. 26 and from a few minor strokes and a bout of dehydration. More than six months ago, before ...Read more

Report: Gordie Howe 'walking under own power', December 17th

NHL legend Gordie Howe is reportedly walking on his own and is scheduled to make his final public appearance on Feb. 6, 2015 in Saskatoon. A representative of Sports for Saskatoon Media Group, John Fraser, tweeted Wednesday that Howe's son Marty ...Read more

Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky to make appearance in Saskatoon in 2015
Saskatoon StarPhoenix, December 17th

Despite recent health issues, Gordie Howe is scheduled to appear at a gala event in Saskatoon in 2015. Officials have confirmed that Howe, along with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, will be attending the Kinsmen Club celebrity dinner in February. The...Read more

On And On And On And . . . : Gordie Howe, hockey's ageless wonder, December 12th

Gordie Howe is not a philosophical man. Philosophical men are forever brooding about things, mulling over the whys and wherefores of the six mad-scramble days of Creation, concocting philosophies that attempt to make order out of chaos so that they may ...Read more

'Mr. Hockey: My Story,' by Gordie Howe
New York Times, December 5th

Gordie Howe had three teeth knocked out in his first game with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946. By the time he retired from the National Hockey League in 1980, at age 52, he had sustained at least 14 broken noses and, by his estimation, required more...Read more

Gordie Howe recovering after another mini-stroke
Detroit Free Press, November 30th

Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe had another mini-stroke Saturday, according to son Mark Howe, but is doing better overall than he was several weeks ago when he had a massive stroke. Mark Howe, director of pro scouting for the Wings, attended ...Read more

Attorneys seek new trial in dispute with Gordie Howe
The Detroit News, November 28th

Pontiac — Attorneys want a new trial for a 2013 Oakland Circuit Court civil case in which Gordie Howe's ex-business managers have been ordered to pay more than $3.2 million to the ailing hockey legend and his family. The legal battle dates to 2007...Read more

Hockey legend Gordie Howe showing small improvement
Detroit Free Press, November 20th

After showing some improvement, Gordie Howe's health again appeared dire last weekend. An epidural has helped reduce the pain, and Mark Howe said the family got Gordie Howe "to a living room chair" two days in a row. "A lot of work to do, but at least...Read more