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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Moroun company pays $3M toward Riverside Park fix-upThe Detroit News, September 1st
Opponents of the Morouns' bridge plans are angry the family has invested millions in fighting the publicly owned Gordie Howe International Bridge, which is to be built two miles away from the Ambassador Bridge. The Gordie Howe bridge has the support of ...Read more
Hundreds of contractors want a piece of the Gordie Howe International BridgeMichigan Radio, August 6th
It doesn't look like the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority is going to have trouble finding companies to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge between the U.S. and Canada. The WDBA met with interested construction and engineering firms during...Read more
SNC-Lavalin says ethical issues no roadblock to Gordie Howe bridge contractThe Chronicle Journal, August 6th
MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group doesn't anticipate that its ethical challenges will be a roadblock to bidding on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ont. Chief executive Robert Card said Thursday that he sees nothing ...Read more
Hundreds of firms hope to get Gordie Howe Bridge workDetroit Free Press, August 6th
Hundreds of construction, engineering, and supplier firms have expressed interest in helping build the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge, packing introductory meetings this week in Windsor and Detroit. Sessions held Wednesday in Windsor drew ...Read more
Gordie Howe 'doing fine' after latest course of therapyThe Detroit News, June 10th
Gordie Howe, who is afflicted with dementia, suffered a major stroke last year and minor strokes more recently. His family said the experimental course of stem cell therapy involves some risk, but improved Howe's quality of life. After each session, a...Read more
Gordie Howe still at center of stem cell controversyDetroit Free Press, May 18th
TIJUANA, Mexico -- John Brodie decided he had nothing to lose. So did Gordie Howe, who was losing his will to live. After each suffered massive strokes, both sports heroes barely could walk, talk or take care of themselves. "He was definitely close to...Read more
Jam-packed day planned for Gordie Howe's birthdayDetroit Free Press, March 30th
Gordie Howe, a legend in hockey and to the Detroit Red Wings in particular, turns 87 Tuesday. Plans are to treat him to barbecue and cake — he loves sweets — and outdoors activity. In the evening, if he is up to it, he will watch on TV as the Wings...Read more
Video shows Gordie Howe's miraculous recoveryWDIV Detroit, February 3rd
Gordie Howe is known around the world simply as "Mr. Hockey." He's a legend on the ice and a hero in the hearts of many. The former Detroit Red Wings great is immortalized at Joe Louis Arena. It's Howe's ability to dream and his fighting spirit that...Read more