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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?eský úto?ník v službách New Jersey Devils je najnovšie iba druhým mužov v dejinách sú?aže, ktorý pokoril 20-gólovú hranicu už vo veku 42 rokov. Pred rodákom z Kladna sa to podarilo iba dlhovekos?ou preslávenému Kana?anovi Gordiemu Howovi...Read more
The Aces Defeat the CondorsKTUU.com, March 8th
With a goal, assist and fight, Curry tallied a Gordie Howe hat trick. The Condors' Michael Neal tied the game up 2-2 in the third period, but Connolly responded with his second goal of the game to give the Aces back the lead. Sivak then capped scoring...Read more
Devils notes: Brodeur wins againNorthJersey.com, March 8th
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jagr's total of 18 seasons with 20 goals is the highest by any active NHL player and fifth-most in league history behind only Gordie Howe (22), Ron Francis (20), Dave Andreychuk (19) and Brendan Shanahan (19)...Read more
Watch entire Nicklas Lidstrom number retirement ceremony in Detroit (Video)Yahoo Sports (blog), March 7th
He just said, 'Kid that just ain't going to happen,'” he said, standing under the retired No. 9 of Gordie Howe. “So I came back here in the fall of '91 and just kept my mouth shut. No. 5 was handed to me.” Watch the full ceremony here, and celebrate...Read more
Gosselin: Modano to be forever linked to Howe, Richard after jersey retirementDallas Morning News, March 3rd
Wayne Gretzky idolized Gordie Howe. That's why Gretzky wore Howe's jersey number 9 on his back growing up. But when he arrived in juniors at Sault Ste. Marie at the age of 16, the 9 sweater was already taken by an older player. So Gretzky stayed true...Read more
Gordie Howe Bowl clock heads to Sask. high schoolNews Talk 980 CJME, February 24th
A piece of the Gordie Howe Bowl has found a new home in a small Saskatchewan town. The scoreboard was taken down last Wednesday and transported to Lemberg, which is situated about 120 kilometres east of Regina. The clock will be spruced up with a ...Read more
Mark Howe on life, hockey and being 'Gordie Howe's Son'Newsworks.org, February 20th
Mark Howe, left, of the Philadelphia Flyers alumni team, gets a tap on the helmet after Howe's penalty shot scored against the New York Rangers alumni team during the third period of the Winter Classic Alumni NHL hockey game on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 ...Read more
First upgrade underway at Gordie Howe BowlCTV News, February 19th
The first in a series of upgrades to Saskatoon's Gordie Howe Bowl got underway Wednesday. The scoreboard, which has been used at the football field for more than two decades, was taken down. It will be refurbished and moved to Lemberg, Sask., which is ...Read more