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    

1/10 Gordie Howe Bobby Hull Bower 2011-2012 Pen Pals Dominion Triple Hof Auto SpGordie "gordy" Howe 1958-59 Topps #8 - Red Wings - No Creases!!! Breathtaking!!!1954-55 Topps #8 Gordie Howe - Ex+Red Wings Gordie Howe "mr Hockey" Authentic Signed White Jersey Psa/dnaRed Wings Gordie Howe "mr Hockey" Authentic Signed Puck Autographed Psa/dna2006/07 Ud Sweet Shot Gordie Howe Auto Signature Sticks #04/15Gordie Howe 2005-06 Ud Ultimate Collection Signatures Mr. Hockey Auto Autograph1968-69 Topps Complete Nhl Hockey Set (#1-132) Bobby Hull, Bernie Parent Rc Howe1954-1955 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings Right Wing #8 ToppsRed Wings Gordie Howe "mr Hockey" Signed Authentic 16x20 Photo Psa/dna1968-69 Topps Hockey Gordie Howe #29 Detroit Red Wings Psa 8 Nmt/mt1995-96 Zellers Masters Of Hockey Gordie Howe Certified Autographed CardRed Wings Gordie Howe "mr Hockey" Authentic Signed Stick Autographed Psa/dnaDetroit Red Wings Vintage Hockey #9 Howe Jersey & Reebok HatRed Wings Gordie Howe "mr. Hockey" Signed Autographed Jersey Psa/dna T50297 CoaGordie Howe Mr Hockey Inscribed Houston Aeros Signed Autographed Jersey CoaSigned And Numbered Photo Of Hull,howe And Gretzky2012-13 Ultimate Memorabilia Schmidt Mosienko Howe Richard Horton Gadsby 7/92012-13 Ultimate Memorabilia Richard Howe Hull 500 Goal Stick Rack 3/92013 Sportkings Gordie Howe/maurice Richard Dual Memorabilia!9 Detroit Red Wings Mcfarlane- Datsyuk, Howe, Lidstrom, Sawchuck, Hasek, +moreGordie Howe Signed Bobble Head With Multiple Inscriptions Psa/dna AutoGordie Howe Signed Sports Illustrated 01/21/1980 Whalers Psa/dna AutoGordie Howe Autographed Official Detroit Red Wings Logo Hockey Puck- W/coaHowe Family Multi Signed 7.5x12 Opc Photo 3 Auto 's W/ Gordie Howe Hof2008/09 Ud The Cup Gordie Howe Quad Logo Emblem Patch #06/1013 Itg Motown Madness Howe Sawchuk Beliveau Richard Game To Remember Jersey Red1954 Vol 1 No 1 Inaugural Blueline Hockey Magazine €1970 Gordie Howe And 71 Bobby Orr $$$2013-14 Rookie Anthology Gordie Howe Stick #/100 Luxury Suite 13-141961-62 Salada Shirriff Foods Nhl Hockey: #66 Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings2003 Ud Legend Trilogy Autographed Card# S3-gh Gordie Howe ,mr. Hockey Hartford 1994 Parkhurst Tall Boy Gordie Howe Autograph/auto #171Gordie Howe Signed Detriot Red Wings Puck And 2002 Canada Puck2012-13 Ultimate Memorabilia Richard Howe Hull 500 Goal Stick Rack 3/91968-69 O-pee-chee Gordie Howe #291971-72 O-pee-chee Set Break #262 Gordie Howe Retires Ex-mint C03799Gordie Howe Auto 3 X 5 Index Card Autograph Detroit Red WingsNhl Gordie Howe Sketch Card Print Detroit Red Wings By Edward Vela1999 Ud Ovation Center Stage Gordie Howe Wayne Gretzky Die-cut Psa 10 Gem (pwcc)08/09 Ud Trilogy - 4 Frozen In Time Lot #/799 (orr,howe,gretzky,lemieux)2012-13 Ultimate Memorabilia Richard Howe Hull 500 Goal Stick Rack 3/91993 Parkhurst Reprints Gordie Howe #pr-42 Psa 10 Gem Mint (pwcc)2013 Sportkings Series F Rivera/drexler/howe/strug Quad Memorabilia!!1992-93 Upper Deck Gordie Howe Hockey Heroes Set W Sp Header13-14 Contenders Legacies #/499 Lot (16) Howe Hull Sakic Modano Yzerman Etc!1945-64 Beehive Photos Nhl Hockey Group 2: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings, Home71/72 Topps #70 Gordie Howe Old Vintage Nhl Hockey Card (see Description & Pics)1979-80 Topps Gordie Howe Hockey Card1982 Topps Blackless #14 Steve Howe Dodgers Psa 8 Pop 2 (none Higher) *4578451979/80 O-pee-chee Gordie Howe #175 Hartford Whalers Bvg 5.5 Do346531971-72 Topps #70 Gordie Howe Psa 8 Nm-mt1962 - 1963 Parkhurst Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings #31 Hockey Card1993-94 Parkhurst Parkie Reprint Hockey Insert Cards Series 1 Set! Howe Richard!Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings Oct 1963 Nhl Original Vintage Wire Photo Rare 10-11 Ud The Cup Base Card #54 Gordie Howe 203/249 Whalers1996 Leaf Signature Autographs Gold #109 Steve Howe Auto!1996 Parkhurst 66-67 Gordie Howe Black Coin Set 5 Bv$401996 Parkhurst Gordie Howe Set Of 5 Oversized Promos2009 Sportkings Famous Fabrics - Lemieux Sakic Gretzky Messier Richard Howe 8/9

Recent News: Gordie Howe Memorabilia

Source: Google News

Mark Howe's new book chronicles life as Mr. Hockey's son
The Detroit News, July 21st

That Mark Howe, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, reached the sixth decade of life and Gordie Howe his ninth while remaining confidantes, friends, colleagues and loving son and father is no small achievement. Among his many attributes, Mark Howe is ...Read more

Saskatchewan a NHL player factory
Prince Albert Daily Herald, July 21st

Some of the biggest names in the sport hail from the Land of Living Skies, including Bryan Trottier, Bernie Federko and the NHL's third all-time leading scorer Gordie Howe. The NHL's 79th all-time leading scorer, Propp spent the bulk of his...Read more

Monday Schedule, July 21st

Flaman Kodiaks – 6:45 p.m. at Gordie Howe Park 1. Conquest Senior Spitals vs. Toon Town Thunder – 2nd game at Gordie Howe Park 1. Bantam Selects vs. Conquest Midget Coyotes – 6:45 p.m. at Bob Van Impe. Senior Merchants vs. Bluewater Graphics ...Read more

Turk Gallant on his long career in hockey
Journal Pioneer, July 21st

Gallant always wore #9 during his junior career, but the number indelibly linked to former Red Wing great Gordie Howe was not up for grabs when Detroit drafted Gallant in 1981. He settled for seventeen. Leaving Detroit was the toughest part of his career...Read more

Marlies: New head coach Gord Dineen a graduate of the college of compete ...
Toronto Star, July 16th

But perhaps his most formative time came in Houston, where Bill, a general manager and coach of the World Hockey Association's Houston Aeros, was a central figure in Gordie Howe's legendary professional comeback. All the Dineen boys spent time around ...Read more

Weather still means a lot
Grenfell Sun/Broadview Express, July 16th

Sure the assembled farmers would likely get around to talking Roughriders in the summer, marveling at the efforts of Ron Lancaster and George Reed, and hockey in the winter, when players such as Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull were heroes, but weather ...Read more

Flint Olympian Games have drawn fabled guests such as Magic Johnson, Gordie ...
The Flint Journal, July 9th

Legendary athletes such as Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Gordie Howe, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, and Gale Sayers have traveled to Flint to speak at the opening ceremonies through the years. Shields returned to help kick off the ceremony last summer after her ...Read more

Phanatic Book Review: Gordie Howe's Son
The Phanatic, June 30th

Phanatic Book Review: Gordie Howe's Son. "I'm not going to thank you for being my line mate for six years and I'm not going to thank you for elbowing the guy who may have taken a dirty shot at me. I'm not going to thank you for being the greatest...Read more