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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Howe Bridge could be as tall as Ren CenDetroit Free Press, November 28th
The planned Gordie Howe International Bridge that will span the Detroit River to Windsor could end up as the tallest or second-tallest structure in the region, rivaling the height of the Renaissance Center and creating a dramatic new architectural icon...Read more
Gordie Howe bridge work shuts down two west-end parksCBC.ca, November 27th
Construction of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge plaza in Windsor's west end will temporarily shut down access to two neighbouring parks, according to a news release from the city. Black Oak Heritage and Broadway parks, located near the ...Read more
Marty and Mark Howe on Gordie's recovery, the modern NHL gameSports Illustrated, November 25th
After a series of strokes in 2014 made it hard for Gordie Howe to walk or talk, he went through a treatment last December that dramatically improved his health. He received an injection of stem cells into his spine, but had to travel to Mexico because...Read more
Howe family reflects on legacy during holidaysNHL.com, November 25th
NEW YORK -- Rarely has there been a dull moment on Thanksgiving Day in the home of Gordie Howe. With four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Howe certainly has a lot to be thankful for. His children, Marty, Mark, Murray and...Read more
Detroit to demolish 30 buildings near Gordie Howe International Bridge projectMLive.com, November 23rd
(left) Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and hockey legend Gordie Howe's son Dr. Murray Howe announced the name of the new bridge, the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Windsor Thursday, May 14, 2015. (Tanya ...Read more
Gordie Howe feeling happy, healthy and comfortableNHL.com, November 23rd
NEW YORK -- Gordie Howe's son, Mark Howe, said his father has his personality back and has been living comfortably with his brother Murray Howe and Murray's wife at their home in Sylvania, Ohio. Brothers Mark and Marty Howe were here to represent the ...Read more
Detroiters to learn more about the Gordie Howe International Bridge todayWXYZ, November 18th
Now, people will get a first-hand look at the project and they'll be able to ask questions about the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The developers met with people in Windsor yesterday. Today, Detroiters get their chance to weigh in on the project...Read more
Hurdle cleared in effort to build Gordie Howe bridgeDetroit Free Press, November 15th
The Michigan Department of Transportation has cleared a hurdle as it moves to acquire property for construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Billionaire Manuel (Matty) Moroun's companies have granted permission, after initially refusing, ...Read more