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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A Third Bridge Over Troubled Water?Today's Trucking News, July 31st
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Economic Stickhandling across the Gordie Howe International BridgeDaily Commercial News, July 31st
The new super-connection to be built between Windsor and Detroit has been officially named the Gordie Howe International Bridge. (It will be constructed not far south of the current pressed-beyond-capacity Ambassador Bridge.) 2015 07 31 US Canada ...Read more
Gordie Howe bridge RFQ issuedDaily Commercial News, July 26th
WINDSOR, ONT.—A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been issued for those interested in becoming a private sector partner for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, signifying the first step in the procurement process. Conceptual illustrations...Read more
Bidding process opens for Gordie Howe International BridgeWinnipeg Free Press, July 20th
Bidding process opens for Gordie Howe International Bridge. By: The Canadian Press Posted: 07/20/2015 3:54 PM | Last Modified: 07/20/2015 5:08 PM | Comments: Tweet; Post; Reddit; ShareThis; Print; Email. OTTAWA - The bidding process for the ...Read more
Bidding process launched for Gordie Howe bridgeWindsor Star (blog), July 20th
A photograph of Gordie Howe is displayed on the riverfront after a news conference, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Windsor, announcing that a planned bridge connecting Detroit, rear, and Windsor, will be named after the hockey Hall of Famer. The yet-to-be ...Read more
Deals coming: Offers to start in Delray for bridge landDetroit Free Press, July 18th
The process of buying land in southwest Detroit for the Gordie Howe International Bridge is starting to pick up speed. Matthew DeLong, administrator of the Michigan Department of Transportation 's development services division, said last week MDOT...Read more
Gordie Howe and John Brodie Cases Show Stem-Cell Wars Aren't OverNational Catholic Register, July 13th
Hockey legend Gordie Howe was in the headlines this year for his remarkable recovery from a stroke after a stem-cell treatment in Tijuana, Mexico. Former San Francisco 49ers' quarterback John Brodie also received the same treatment. Initially, the...Read more