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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Judge rejects portions of Ambassador Bridge lawsuit fighting Gordie Howe ...MLive.com, September 30th
Michigan and Canadian officials have been working toward building the publicly owned Gordie Howe International Bridge across the Detroit River and have won U.S. government permits to do so, while Moroun's proposal has failed to gain federal approvals...Read more
Gordie Howe signed with Houston Aeros 42 years agoChron.com, September 30th
September 30, 1973: On this day, storied skater Gordie Howe was at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan playing chess with his sons Marty and Mark as he waited for final word that the next jersey he would wear would be that of a Houston Aero. Now at...Read more
Gordie Howe International Bridge to double truck traffic in already polluted areaArab American News, September 29th
DETROIT—Patricia Gonzalez can't imagine living in Southwest Detroit's Delray Neighborhood after the Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB) opens and truck traffic doubles. “My biggest concern about the second bridge is increased truck traffic. This...Read more
Andrew Hotham serves up a Gordie Howe hat-trick for Cardiff Devils fans - a ...WalesOnline, September 28th
Andrew Hotham served up a treat for Cardiff Devils fans with a Gordie Howe hat-trick at the Big Blue Tent. Hotham achieved the feat, named after a former NHL legend, with a goal, an assist and a fight. Man of the match Hotham had Devils supporters...Read more
Gordie Howe visit is special event for Red Wings, BlackhawksSportingNews.com, September 24th
He's Gordie Howe, it's incredible," Blashill said via the Wings website. Video showed Howe in company of son Mark and others during their time at Joe Louis Arena. Joel Quenneville, coach of the visiting Blackhawks: "He used to practice with us in the...Read more
LOOK: Red Wings great Gordie Howe makes his return to DetroitCBSSports.com, September 23rd
Gordie Howe was back in Hockeytown, much to the delight of everyone in attendance. (Detroit Red Wings). Eleven months ago, the hockey world worried about the health of one of its all-time favorites, “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe. The Detroit Red Wings...Read more
Major Gordie Howe Bridge Contract AwardedBlackburnNews.com, September 10th
A picture of hockey great Gordie Howe sits along the riverfront as his name is chosen for the new crossing between Windsor and Detroit. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld). The first major construction contract for the new Gordie Howe International Bridge is...Read more
Gordie Howe recovering well following last year's stroke650 CKOM News Talk Radio, September 7th
As Canadians gear up for the NHL pre-season, Saskatoon's own Mr. Hockey is recovering nicely after suffering a stroke last year. Gordie Howe, 87, received stem cell treatment after a stroke left him bedridden and unable to speak. His son Murray said...Read more